York Catholic Girls’ Lacrosse Nabs First District 3 Title

Success for the Fighting Irish of York Catholic girls’ lacrosse program has long been tradition, but never have they been able to capture that elusive Class 2A district trophy – not until 2019 that is.

After losing a one-goal game to Kennard-Dale in the York Area league final two weeks prior, the Fighting Irish were all but guaranteed a rematch with their rival in the District 3 final at Central Dauphin’s Landis Field, Harrisburg, under the lights on May 22.

York Catholic Breaks Ground to Enhance Student Experience

York Catholic High School broke ground on the first phase of its “Grow Today, Impact Tomorrow” capital campaign, designed to provide resources for needed renovations and improvements to the high school with a focus on academic, student life, and extra-curricular experiences.

Bishop Ronald Gainer led the blessing of the site on May 29.

Ordination 2019: Father Samuel Edward Good Miller

Father Samuel Edward Good Miller
Parochial Vicar, Good Shepherd Parish, Camp Hill
From St. James Parish in Lititz
Warwick School District
St. Charles Borromeo Seminary
Mount St. Mary’s Seminary

When did you first hear or consider the call to be a priest?
I hadn’t paid really any attention to a call to the priesthood until I was in high school, because that is when I started taking my Catholic faith seriously. The youth group took a trip to a Steubenville conference in Atlanta, where we were exposed to a group of people very much on fire with their faith. It was something I had never seen before. Being cradle Catholic, you get used to going through the motions, but these people were in love with their faith and on fire with being Catholic. It was something I never thought I’d want, but it made me realize I want that! I started in my senior year really taking it seriously, and then I thought, “Ok, now it’s time to figure out what I want to do. Do I go to college? Maybe I start thinking about priesthood.”

Black Catholic Apostolate Fosters Evangelization with Celebration of Heritage

The Diocese’s Black Catholic Apostolate was established more than 30 years ago to address the economic and spiritual concerns of people with African ancestry, and to promote leadership, foster evangelization and address issues of racial injustice through family and educational programs.

Today, those undertakings remain a mission of the apostolate, even as it begins a new chapter of leadership and expanding programs.

Ordination 2019: Father Matthew Cannon

Father Matthew Cannon
Parochial Vicar, Holy Name of Jesus Parish, Harrisburg
From St. Leo the Great Parish in Rohrerstown
Lancaster Catholic High School
St. Vincent College
St. Charles Borromeo Seminary
Mount St. Mary’s Seminary

When did you first hear or consider the call to be a priest?
For me, it was as early as fifth grade. I heard the call for the first time around 10 years old. At the time, I didn’t really know what to think of it. I had always been in touch with the faith and had been excited about my faith. I always remember sitting in the school Mass on Fridays and really just being amazed at what the priest did on the altar, and being in awe of what he did.

Ordination of Four Priests for Diocese of Harrisburg Conveys Sign of Hope for Church

Surrounded by the prayers of a standing-room only congregation of priests, religious and lay faithful, and through the Laying on of Hands and the Prayer o Ordination, four men were ordained to the priesthood on June 1.

St. Patrick Cathedral was filled with overjoyed family, friends and faithful; jubilant hymns; and incense carrying prayers to heaven for the four new priests: Father Matthew Cannon, Father Samuel Miller, Father Andrew St. Hilaire and Father Joshua Weaver.

Youth Chant Campers to Sing for Solemn Mass

Children and youth ages 7-18 will honor Our Lord on June 28, raising their voices in song for a noon Solemn High Mass in the Extraordinary Form on the Feast of the Sacred Heart at St. Lawrence Chapel in Harrisburg. The Mass will be the culmination of the students’ efforts during the annual summer Chant Camp hosted by Mater Dei Latin Mass Community.

Last summer, more than 40 children attended Chant Camp, a weeklong day camp that immerses students in the world of Sacred Music while providing opportunity for Catholic fellowship, sports, games, prayer and lots of laughter. After a week of study and exercises, Chant Campers have a solid foundational knowledge of the purpose and importance of music in the liturgy and a heightened sense of the Good, True, and Beautiful. They also learn many practical skills such as reading chant and music notation, singing and blending in a choral setting, along with learning chants and hymns to sing for the Mass which concludes the camp.

Trinity High School Refurbished Chapel Blessed by Bishop

Home to weekly Mass, Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, club/team Masses, retreats, Advent and Lenten services and personal prayer, the chapel at Trinity High School in Camp Hill is spiritually and physically the heart of the school.

On May 18, Bishop Ronald Gainer blessed the renovated chapel – original to the 1963 building – during a Mass attended by dozens of members of the school community.

Art Show Exhibits Students’ Talents

The faith-based artwork of students from Diocesan Catholic schools was on exhibit in the Archives’ display cases at the Diocesan Center in Harrisburg this spring as the Office of Evangelization and Catechesis hosted the seventh annual art contest for students to highlight their God-given artistic talents.

Awards were presented to the top-three artists in a senior division for students in grades 10-12 and in a junior division for those in grades 7-9. Judges also awarded ten honorable mention ribbons.

2019 Golden Apple Recipients Reflect on Role of Forming Students

The Diocese of Harrisburg recognized seven Catholic school educators for their outstanding devotion through the 13th annual Golden Apple Awards on May 7 at the Diocesan Center in Harrisburg. The awards are based on nominations from school principals, parents, students and fellow teachers in acknowledgement of an educator’s professional excellence, leadership, commitment to Catholic values, and devotion to teaching in Catholic schools.