POPE FRANCIS: FROM THE ENDS OF THE EARTH

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by Msgr. Francis A. Carbine When Pope Francis speaks on the Parkway in Philadelphia during his September visit, listen carefully!   You may hear traces of an Irish lilt. In fact, the future Pope studied English for three months in Milltown,… Continue Reading

Say Good-Bye to Green Beer and Bad Behavior on St. Patrick’s Day in Philadelphia

By Jeff Meade This year an event sponsored by a collaboration of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann-Delaware Valley (CCÉ-DV), the worldwide Irish music, dance, language and cultural organization, and Frank Daly of American Paddy’s Productions (producer of the Philadelphia Fleadh and An… Continue Reading

Two Irish Priests…and a missing parishioner

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By Sabina Clarke The disappearance of West Chester University senior Shane Montgomery, a member of St. John the Baptist Church in Manayunk, has shaken and confounded the FBI, the Fifth District Police, the Northwest Detectives, the Police Marine Unit, the… Continue Reading

SOS Save the IRISH CENTER!

Major Fundraiser Campaign Kickoff to Start Mid-July By Marita Krivda Poxon              Rumors had been circulating for many months about the financial difficulties that the Irish Center continued to have ever since the City of Philadelphia raised the Irish Center’s property… Continue Reading

Making Murray on St. Patrick’s Day

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Photo (above): Jim Murray and Ronald McDonald at golf outing Making Murray on St. Patrick’s Day By Frank Dougherty When Jim Murray learned he had been named grand marshal for the 2014 Saint Patrick’s Day Parade, he felt he had received… Continue Reading

James “Jim” Coyne: The Father of the Irish Memorial

James Coyne is central to the massive bronze sculpture in memory of The Great Hunger.

[photo above] James Coyne is central to the massive bronze sculpture in memory of The Great Hunger. By Marita Krivda Poxon   A splendid afternoon and evening occurred on Saturday, October 26th, 2013 when the Board of Directors of the… Continue Reading

Memorial Ceremony Honors Irish Patriots Buried in St. Anne Cemetery

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An Honor Ceremony was held on December 7, 2013 at St. Anne Church and Cemetery recognizing the Civil War heritage of the parish featuring the 150th Anniversary of the death of Lt. Col. Peter McAloon. McAloon was born in Kinawley,… Continue Reading

Called to Serve: A History of Nuns in America

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By Margaret M. McGuinness New York University Press. 2013 2013, 277 pages, hardcover, $35 Available in eBook   Book Jacket (above): Sisters Ann Marguerite (left), Saint Albert (middle), and Francis Agnes (right) at Cecilian Academy, Philadelphia. Courtesy of Archives, Sisters… Continue Reading

Sisters of Saint Joseph of Philadelphia Who Were Nurses in the Civil War

(Editor’s Note: The following is an excerpt from “One With”— Magazine of the Sisters of Saint Joseph of Philadelphia, Spring 2013) By Sister Roberta Archibald SSJ Their ministry of healing had its roots in a centuries-old tradition of caring for… Continue Reading