The Best of Philly
"Best of" has introduced a bevy of new accolades this year, and one of them is of particular interest to this audience. Anyone coming to town in the near future would be well-advised to keep it in mind. Congrats to the Capuchins....
Best People Who Can Save Your Soul: The Franciscans of St. John the EvangelistSuch is the state of Philadelphia Catholicism....
Their midday services are jammed with Center City office dwellers, and for good reason: They actually smile when they talk about God.
And, in related good news, a tip of the cappello to one of our diaspora now across the Delaware: Joe Galante, bishop of Camden and a veteran of the Congregation for Religious in Rome.
Galante's return from Dallas as the first Philadelphian to head our neighbor-diocese to the east was received with excitement last year. And to boot, the good bishop has unwittingly taken on an added charge to his already-sizable workload: showing his hometown how to do church right -- and from zero-base, no less. Seeing the world beyond has served Galante well; he still has a flock of fans in the press corps from the sex abuse crucible.
Thanks to his smarts, savvy and pastoral solicitude, Galante re-emphasized this week that Philly's big loss is Camden's big gain. Again.