Gina Keating

Gina Keating is a regular contributor to The Catholic Sun.

PHILADELPHIA — Closing remarks by the Holy Father during the Festival of Families prompted a Valley seminarian to pause in deep gratitude. An emotional Frank Cicero, who is in his sixth year at St. John Vianney Theological Seminary, wept as he spoke about his love for his mother.

PHILADELPHIA — I’ve been asked what’s it like being at the World Meeting of Families and I would say it’s been a blessing. Seeing thousands of laity, religious, clergy and individuals traipsing through the gigantic convention center is humbling.

With the Holy Father coming to Philadelphia Saturday, here are a few quick facts.

PHILADELPHIA — Most Catholic homes have a depiction of the Holy Family framed or on a mantle, but their example should extend beyond a sacramental. The Holy Family serves as the example for Catholic families striving for love, joy and holiness in a world fraught with pain and distress.

The World Meeting of Families is an all-encompassing congress that embraces the complexities that make up each family, including divorce. There is no elephant in the room because here everyone is welcome to the merciful message of the Church — love.

It may come as a surprise to know the City of Philadelphia has more murals than any other city in the world.

I am finally here in Philly.

A nonprofit healing ministry that provides resources to help survivors of abuse and trauma is fairly new to the Diocese of Phoenix and hosting a benefit event to offset costs for retreats that are, by design, small in number.

For the past 50 years St. Louis the King Catholic School has prided itself on forming the mind, body and soul of children. Michael Hoffarth, class of 1973, would add one more word — friendships. “To this day, we still have class reunions,” he said. “When you find similar ideals and beliefs you build friendships for a lifetime.” Hoffarth was joined by a handful of other ’73 graduates during the school’s Golden Jubilee celebration Aug.15 at the parish and school.

As the new school year begins, teachers are finding the integration of technology into curriculum and instruction is the norm rather than the exception. The proliferation of technology and social media has changed the way students learn, challenging educators to redefine approaches to teaching. Throughout the Diocese of Phoenix teacher-student interactions reflect technology advancements.


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