St. John’s Orphan Asylum for Boys: Pennsylvania

What a beautiful commemorative biographical story of real good that was done to help many real good kids who went on to be good men! I always remembered the true story of Jim Thorpe All-American which stood out to me in a profound way not only because Hollywood in its heydays memorialized him in a film but because I thought how Jim was a real deal genuine American; a really great athlete and good heart of a man that stood for something bigger than life!
God bless him and all Native American’s!

But  though this story may have a very sharp and sad tone to it; the common decency and love that was found by many young men over time in this home for orphans shows the unceasing spirit of love and goodness that really exists in many locales across this great Nation under God!  We all have heard that with God all things are made possible and these lives are a testimony to that faith in the higher power and eternal love of God Almighty!  I get a tear in my eyes thinking about the dedication of so many good people that made and make this possible!

These people are all larger than life to me!

God bless.
Brother in Christ Jesus,
Lawrence Morra III

Lara Trace Hentz

How many boys can YOU identify?

St. Vincents Tacony, St. John’s Orphan Asylum for Boys, West Philadelphia, St. Joseph’s House for Homeless and Industrious Boys, North Philadelphia, AKA The Hut, St Francis Vocational School Eddington, (St. Francis-St. Joseph Home)  alums plan anniversary party.  We also invite any women survivors from homes or orphanges for girls, like from St. Joseph’s Gonzaga Home – Gemantown, St. Margaret’s, and the Catholic Home for Destitute Girls 29th and Allegheny Ave.  Alumni of St. Francis-St. Joseph Homes for Children will celebrate the 125th anniversary of the founding of what were then separate institutions on Sept. 8, 2013, main campus, Route 13 and Street Road, Bensalem.

St. Francis was founded in 1888 by Elizabeth, (St.) Katharine and Louise Drexel as St. Francis Industrial School, a vocational training facility for adolescent boys who aged…

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Author: Lawrence Morra

Have worked in creative and news visual media as a photographer or cameraman and this POV has given me a better insight or view of the world. The Cameraman's POV. His Perspective on many things. All content on this site is copyrighted© by Lawrence Morra/Zero Lift-Off. All rights reserved. Email: lmor3@aol.com

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