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From Dismissive Shrugs to First Vows

Sitting at Mass during her freshman year at Our Lady of Lourdes Regional School in Coal Township 20 years ago, Mary Mensch shrugged off the celebrant’s message about homegrown vocations. When Father Charles Persing predicted, “There will be one priest and one sister from this student body,” Mensch allowed the…

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Be a ‘Thanks-Giver’

Recently, a colleague came up to me in our employee break room and announced, “I have a challenge for you!” “Really?” I asked, “Please explain.” He said that for about 20 years, he has felt a whole lot of anger toward the culture’s ingratitude. “We have all forgotten what Thanksgiving…

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Inaugural Summit Gives Best Practices for Communications

In an outreach to parishes and schools on best practices for websites, social media and media relations, the Diocesan Communications Office presented its inaugural Communications Summit, Nov. 13 at the Diocesan Center in Harrisburg. The interactive training offered ideas, tips and “how-to’s” for effective communications, including ways to connect to…

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Day of Dialogue Addresses Hope in Midst of Division

Responding to division is society and in the Christian Church, the annual LARC Day of Dialogue brought together clergy and parishioners of local Christian traditions for prayer and discussion. The annual event is a joint effort of the Lutheran, Anglican and Roman Catholic churches in central Pennsylvania for prayer and…

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Eagle Scout Scores for Lourdeshouse

Jacob Beeghley, a Scout with Troop 23 at St. Catherine Labouré Parish in Harrisburg, focused his recent Eagle Scout project on assisting the residents of Lourdeshouse, Catholic Charitie’s maternity home for women and their babies. Beeghley, a freshman at Bishop McDevitt High School in Harrisburg a member of its wrestling…

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Alberto Rodriguez Named Diocesan Archivist

Alberto Rodriguez joined the Diocese of Harrisburg earlier this month as the new Diocesan Archivist. Rodriguez holds membership with the Association of Catholic Diocesan Archivists, The American Geographical Society, The Society for American Archeology, The American Historical Association, The American Philatelic Society and the Society of American Archivists. As the…

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Listening from Within

Recently, I spent a wonderful four-day weekend on Lake Ariel in upstate Pennsylvania with my sister, brother-in-law and 8-year-old nephew. My nephew, Johnnie, was born in eastern Long Island in wonderful suburbia and is somewhat of a daredevil. However, the outdoor experience and rural living is a bit alien to…

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Foundation Gives to Catholic Education

Families whose children attend Resurrection Catholic School in Lancaster call it a “blessing,” and they have “three generations of people who came before” who handed down the possibility to them. “We don’t ever feel different here,” Kassandra Settle told Gerald Ganse, president of the Catholic Education Foundation, which provides tuition…

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