Annulment Presentations to be Held

The Tribunal of the Diocese of Harrisburg will offer presentations concerning divorce and annulments from the Catholic perspective in the coming months. These presentations will be helpful for divorced Catholics, divorced people who wish to marry Catholics, parish leaders involved in the RCIA process and those who have a vested interested because of family or […]

College Students Reflect on March for Life

Bearing Witness By Karen Bruskewicz I am so very blessed, as the Lay Catholic Campus Minister at both Elizabethtown College, and Franklin and Marshall College, to share my days with amazing and faith-filled young adults. This year, students from our campuses were joined by equally wonderful students from Millersville University and their Campus Minister, Father […]

Father Haviland Dies

It is with much sadness that we announce the death of Father William T. Haviland.  He died on Wednesday, February 22, 2017. A viewing will take place on Monday, February 27 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Saint Monica Church, 109 Market Street, Sunbury, PA followed by a Vigil Mass. There will be a viewing […]

Holy Name of Jesus Burns Mortgage

Just six years after celebrating the dedication of their new church, the members of Holy Name of Jesus Parish in Harrisburg celebrated the burning of church’s $8.5 million mortgage. Bishop Ronald Gainer burned the mortgage at the conclusion of a Mass there on Feb. 5. The Romanesque-style church, which seats 1,400 people and is home […]

God as Father

My father was an avionics engineer. As such, he used his hands to not only design airplanes, but also to repair them. He had an affinity for using tools and a creativity in troubleshooting. He was also an amazing tailor! I have memories of him helping me designing doll clothes and showing me how to […]

Fresh Expressions Conference Will Renew Vision of Ministry to Families

One of the ten plenary speakers for the upcoming Fresh Expressions conference to be hosted by the Diocese of Harrisburg next month likens the amount of treasure that families share about the faith to a making a miniscule withdrawal from a fortune of a bank account. “It’s as it each of us have been given […]

Catholic Worker House Marks 20 Years in Harrisburg

Clustered among a line of brick row buildings in Harrisburg’s Allison Hill, the St. Martin de Porres Catholic Worker House stands as a beacon amid the suffering and brokenness that can besiege those who live in the neighborhood, deemed among the largest pocket of poverty in central Pennsylvania. The house – one among a block […]

The Gruesome Reality of Abortion

In 1852, Harriet Beecher Stowe published a book that changed the course of American history. Her brutal depiction of slavery in Uncle Tom’s Cabin illustrated the real human cost of the defining political controversy of her time. Stowe’s tale of one fictional family’s devastating experience with slavery is based on “a collection and arrangement of […]

Sports and Life…and Eternal Life – Part II

Sports, among other things, always bonded my brother and me in a special way. We were pretty good kids, but not paragons of virtue, with an occasional late hit in a backyard football game, yelling at the top of our lungs that the other was cheating, or ducking an occasional ping-pong paddle that would be […]

Bishop McDevitt Swim Team Participates in National Championships

The Bishop McDevitt High School swim team recently participated in the 81st National Catholic High School Swimming and Diving Championships held at Loyola University of Maryland. This was McDevitt’s first time attending. Top swimmers from Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, New Jersey and Washington, D.C., were represented at the meet. Competing against some of the best swimmers […]