Mother Cabrini Way

A street in Manhattan today has been named in honor of Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini, Patroness of Immigrants, and the first American saint in the Roman Catholic Church. The Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus (MSC)and the Cabrini Mission Foundation led the ceremony, unveiling the co-naming of East19th Street at 3rd Avenue “Mother Cabrini Way.” 

New York Councilwoman Rosie Mendez said, “We must remember the work of Mother Cabrini, and try to model her humanity.” Pietrina Raccuglia, MSC Provincial, stated that today we are “honoring a woman who contributed a great deal to the world, taking care of those most in need.” 

Mother Cabrini passed away 100 years ago this December. The order she founded has established schools and hospitals on 6 continents. Among the educational institutions is Cabrini University in Radnor, PA. #CabriniUniversity #CabriniMissionFoundation

The Answer to Domestic Violence

Cabrini University tonight formally launched the Barbara and John Jordan  Center for Children of Trauma and Domestic Violence Education. #theanswer This Center, led by Colleen Lelli, PhD, is born out of a decade of scholarly and field work to educate others on the damaging impact of trauma, and the effective role of teachers in preventing domestic violence and trauma. 

Lynn Rosenthal, of the Biden Foundation, speaking at the event, called on Cabrini to become a national leader in this effort.  Barbara Jordan said Cabrini is creating pathways of peace, and, referring to the framed poster, that the Center “has brought meaning and passion to these words.”

Lynn Rosenthal declared Barbara and John Jordan a national treasure;  President Donald Taylor praised them for their incredible impact. cabrini.edu/dveducation

Saturday Night’s Alright for Singin’

Head to Langhorne/Parkland, Bucks County (831 Avenue D) Saturday night to see the Alice Cooper of Mummery along with two Captains and a Clown host/judge the one and only, the magnificent Lip Sync Battle.  A splendid time is guaranteed for all.

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It’s a Mum thing.

From the King family…

Word has come of the death of Joseph King.

Joseph James King Sept 23, 1953 – Aug 5, 2017.


May you rest in peace, Joe. Thanks to all who supported him in the final weeks of his life.

Hit the Right Notes for Joe King

The talented King family is one of the awesome families of Mummery and no one loves music more than Joseph King. 5262 
(Joe is the second banjo player in, in his first year with Garden State String Band.)
Through entertaining, being a Mummer for 53 years, owning a music store and individually working with musicians, Joe has helped countless people enjoy making music. Now, Joe King is battling cancer. This comes after we lost Robert King last October.5276
(That’s Joe on the left, then Daddy King, then Robert and Ronnie.  I thank Rita King for these photos.)
Mummers are gathering on July 23rd to give Joe a boost in his fight against cancer.  Come on down to South Philadelphia String Band on Porter Street on Sunday, July 23, from 4pm to 8pm for the Benefit for a Friend. The donation $30 dollars.  If you want to send a check, send  it the address below:
 
Lauren Salvato
for Joe King
228 Watkins Street
Philadelphia, PA 19148.
 
There will also be a raffle and auction items.  If you have an item to donate for the auction, email Charlene Radcliffe-Madden at Cmadden0913@outlook.com
 
52615258On Sunday, July 23, you get a chance to have a great time and do a great thing for the one and only Joe King.
South Philadelphia String Band’s clubhouse is located at 2820 W. Porter Street. 

A Legend Always to Remember

MUMMERS_JOHN_LUCASWe have said until we meet again to John A. Lucas.  John passed away last Monday at the age of 84.  Mourners came this weekend from across Mummery to Murphy-Ruffenach Brian W. Donnelly Funeral Home at 3rd and Wolf and to St. Gabriel Roman Catholic Church at 29th and Dickinson to pay their respects to one of the legends of Philadelphia Mummery…20170512_204520

…and to support Joann, Lora, Heather, Jimmy and Jessica, Dan and Ralph and all the Lucas, Romanofski, Rullo, Wolfinger and Tursi families.  Expressions of sorrow extended as well to the even larger Golden Sunrise Fancy Club family, especially Debbie and Matt Glovacz, and Jack Cohen, and Rusty and Sheryl Martz, and to the Clevemore Fancy Brigade family led by the Tursi’s.  John over his career was a staple in both clubs.  He led Golden Sunrise as Captain from 1972 to 1990 and again from ’94 to ’97.  He made a cameo farewell in 2010.

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John will be remembered as a pillar of the Mummers tradition.  In the Fancy Brigades and the Fancies, he was a creative genius in back piece design and construction.

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He was a large cog in the machinery of traditional Mummery; a big man who made a big difference.  His creations could weigh more than 200 pounds.

MUMMERS_JOHN_LUCAS_3His back pieces, suits and presentations,whether as a Captain, or whether making a fantastic vision come alive in a Handsome Costume for someone else, were wonders to see.  He painstakingly cared for each one.  He was particular about everything, down to the age and quality of a plume.IMG_1787

This attention to detail extended to another hobby.  I can remember being in his basement, where walls were lined with trains.  So many trains were carefully on display in one room that you could barely walk.  Though he had recently sold much of his collection, he still worked to repair those others collected.  It’s been said that if you like trains, you not only appreciate the design, the power, even the romance of locomotives and the cars they pull, but that you’ve got a healthy dose of kid still inside you.  That’s probably true of Mummery, too.Fancy Div Banquet 2011 002

John and his wife, Palma, were married for 59 years and they were one of the royal couples of Mummery.  Palma is very appreciative of the well wishes, the food and everything so many people have done to help her and the family in this time.20170512_205454

John Lucas will always strut higher than most in the history of Mummery.   Mummery has lost a legend and many have lost a friend.  But, a family has also lost in one man: a husband, an uncle, a cousin, a dad, a grandfather and a great-grandfather.20170512_204859

John Lucas was special.  One of the most moving things Palma Lucas said to me Friday night remains strongly with me.  She said, “Not a day went by that Johnny didn’t make me laugh.”

Celebrating Philadelphia

In my role at Cabrini University, attending the World Trade Centers Day celebration at the National Constitution Center. Citizens Bank CEO Dan Fitzpatrick is being honored with the 2017 Global Business Leadership Award. As Bill Sasso said in his introduction, Dan combines good citizenship with good business. Tonight, great local companies and educational institutions on hand to celebrate great leaders and the local jobs fueled by smart trade abroad.#WTCPHILA