Remembering Bishop Joseph P. McFadden
May02

Remembering Bishop Joseph P. McFadden

The former Philadelphia auxiliary bishop and St. Patrick’s Day parade chaplain has passed away. We interviewed this well-known pillar of the Philadelphia Irish community in June 2010, after his installation. We re-publish that interview today, and we share some of our favorite photos of this humble and gracious man.

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Lorna Byrne: Blessed by the Angels
Mar22

Lorna Byrne: Blessed by the Angels

Lorna Byrne, the Irish woman who has seen angels, and written about her lifelong experiences with them, came to Chestnut Hill on St. Patrick’s Day

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Amazing Grace
Mar03

Amazing Grace

Historically Irish St. Malachy Church in North Philadelphia, now a multicultural melting pot, hosts its first Irish Mass. It probably won’t be the last.

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Amazing Grace
Mar03

Amazing Grace

Stand for a moment facing any of the tall stained glass windows at St. Malachy Church in North Philadelphia, and you’ll learn everything you need to know about its early history just by reading a few of the dedications: “In Memory of Helen A. Devlin” “Gift of John O’Neill” “In Memory of George Kelly” Founded in 1850 by Irish immigrants fleeing An Gorta Mor—the Great Hunger—the church that is now described as “a beacon of hope” on...

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“A Real Irish Mass”
Mar01

“A Real Irish Mass”

St. Malachy Church boasts a largely African-American congregation today, but way back in 1850, when it was dedicated, the church provided food for the soul for Irish immigrants seeking escape from the desperation of the Great Hunger and pursuing a better life in Philadelphia. So in Charlie McNulty’s view, it’s only fitting that the church, at 1429 North 11th Street in North Philly, play host to a “real Irish Mass.” That Mass is...

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