This reflection about Monsignor Joseph Corley was written by Monsignor Ralph Chieffo, pastor of Saint Mary Magdalen Parish, Upper Providence. The priests were classmates at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in the ordination class of 1975. Monsignor Corley, pastor of Blessed Virgin Mary (BVM) Church in Darby, passed away June 29, 2019.

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As fall begins and we march into the band season (referred by some as the football season), reader Gloria H. recalls her high school band experience and her appreciation for academic recognition of band members. She responds to last month’s “Band members are top students, athletes,” writing:

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Part of the college selection process includes selecting a major, a decision that may be based on curiosity, family tradition or passion for a field of study. Choosing a career based on earning potential offers another credible selection criteria.

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The assassination of John F. Kennedy in 1963, the explosion of Challenger with teacher Christa McAuliffe aboard in 1986 and the Sept. 11, 2001, al-Qaeda attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon — the summit of historically tragic days in my life.

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September 2016 — a new school year, a new grade and a new opportunity for school children to capitalize on learning new skills that prepares them for a bright future. Children’s success is dependent on supporting adults who model educational values.