So many parents and alumni of St. Denis Catholic School in Havertown supported merging with friendly CYO rival Annunciation B.V.M., the marriage should have gone off without a hitch. Instead, parishioners hoping to embrace the past and future in a name were told the regional school would honor the late Cardinal John Foley. The decision was, in their pastor’s words, “nonnegotiable.”
Monica Yant Kinney joined the Inquirer in 1996 and was named a metro columnist in 2001 at the age of 30. She puts so many miles on her car roaming the region she finally bought a Prius. Monica has covered suburban trends and Philadelphia city government and, for two years, focused exclusively on crime, color and characters of South Jersey. In the early 1990s, she expensed her cable bill while she was the television critic at the St. Petersburg Times in Florida. Monica is a 1993 graduate of the University of Notre Dame. She grew up in Fort Wayne, Ind., but now lives with her husband (a fellow Notre Dame grad), and their two young children in a very old house in Haddonfield.
Her column appears Sundays and Wednesdays in Local & Region.