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I contacted Celia via email to let her know that I posted a response to her request for information regarding her marriage certificate. She contacted me via email and thanked me.

Added: April 12, 2018
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Maligayang pagdating, Celia. I'm not absolutely certain of this but I recall reading that the records from Saint Stephen's were transferred to Our Lady of Hope Catholic Parish Church of the Holy Child at 5200 North Broad Street, Philadelphia. The parish has a large Filipino membership. The church has a web site, and you probably can begin your research there. The pffice of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia is another source of information, but the parish is probably the best route to follow.

I taught at the University of the Philippines College of Agriculture from 1965 to 1968.


Added: April 8, 2018
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I am not an alumni of St Stephens but this is the church I go to when I first came to the US in 1969. We were a group of nurses from the Philippines working at Temple university Hospital. Also, my husband & I got married in this church in 1972 & then moved on to our life in the military.. I still have some friends in Phila. Where they settled & would one day go back & visit my old stomping ground. I would like to know if I could get a copy of my marriage certificate back in 1972... or if you can direct me as to where to obtain a copy.. since we move a lot when my husband was in the military we have not had the chance to follow up. Thank You

Added: April 5, 2018
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Hope all of our Northern neighbors are surviving the winter well. I guess that old Phil hit it right on the head this year! You folks ever thought about hitting him on the noggin! Good Palm Sunday!
They are building more and more gated communities down here, so if you want you can move to Fl. I have pretty much enjoyed every minute of my 16 years down here. So much to do and so little time. Only time I haven't enjoyed was the 6 months before my Mary died and the year after. Doesn't seem like it's going on 5 years!


Added: March 25, 2018
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Hi, I have a lot of good memories of my years at St. Stephens church and school AND Little Flower High, and its good to find a site that maybe has a few pictures of said much loved memories.

Added: February 11, 2018
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Hello everyone: Last 2 comments had some important issues, especially with being hit by nuns. The neighborhood I lived in during my SSS years had mostly kids in public schools. I was impressed that their teachers did not hit - it was not permitted. Guess what? They did their homework, got good grades and were not rowdy and unruly in public. This taught me an important lesson.

I am not saying that I hated my SSS years. Not at all, made many good friends, got a great background in reading and English skills. I went to a predominately Jewish high school and college. My Jewish friends were impressed with my knowledge of Jewish culture - that was from Bible History at SSS.

BUT no excuse for the child abuse!! As shown in my first paragraph it did not make kids better. Also I know so many people who say they left the faith due to the nuns. Ironic huh?? (I still am in the faith - I do not throw the baby out with the bathwater). However, I understand the anger. Now what I don't understand is the statement "if you got hit, you deserved it". Nonsense - I have no use for Stockholm Syndrome.


Added: February 11, 2018
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Rev. Butler - I was in the class of 72 and I believe your brother Robert was in my class.I remember his as a very nice,quiet and intelligent person. I believe your description of the parish was very accurate. People of all races got along well even during some very difficult times in the late 60's with the assassination of the Rev. Dr Martin Luther King.We moved in the summer of 69 before the start of 6th grade,however,I always felt safe and accepted while at St STEPHENS. I had friends of all races and was taught at a very high level by some very demanding nuns. Finally, I agree - St Joan Bridgette could be very tough. I was always on my best behavior around her ! I don"t know if your brother remembers me but please tell him I said hello.

Added: February 6, 2018
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I graduated in 1975, the middle son of the 3 Butler Brothers:Robert;Whitney;Donovan. I went on to St.Joseph's Prep. I got married in 1981 while serving in the USAF. I am a retired Dayton, Ohio police sergeant and current Baptist minister. I have been married for 36 years and have 3 kids:girls 30 & 33 and a son 32. I have a 7y/o grandkid. I Have PTSD from the use of rulers and erasers by nuns. Sister Joan Bridget used to use a leather strap and Tabasco sauce on us in 1967. Mother Superior Bernarda had a better left hook than Joe Frazier. I was chief altar boy and Parrish CYO president. St. Stephen's was an ethnic melting pot and a great place to learn appreciation for humanity and to learn civility. It will always be in my heart.

Added: January 6, 2018
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I attended the "70" reunion. It was more than worth coming up from Virginia. Thanks to Mac for the effort in mobilizing everything. Happy Holidays to all !

Added: December 25, 2017
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Christmas greetings to all of the Saint Stephen's community, wherever you are. Many of us have described our memories of the Christmas celebrations from our collective past, and I guess there's no need to repeat them. My wish for all of us is that we continue to grow to become the best that we can be. Happy Christmas.

Added: December 25, 2017
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