December 18, 2017

Archbishop Chaput to Celebrate Mass at Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility

Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap. will celebrate Mass for the inmates and staff at the Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility (CFCF) in Philadelphia.  Media are invited to cover the Mass. 

Monday, December 18, 2017 
11:15 a.m. Mass
Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility (A/B Gymnasium)
7901 State Road 
Philadelphia, PA 19136

The Prison Ministry Program of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia seeks to carry out the Biblical work of mercy to “visit those in prison.” By a constant presence in the correctional facilities located within its boundaries, the Church responds to the pastoral and sacramental needs of prisoners, their families, and victims of crime.

Opening in 1995, CFCF is the largest facility in the Philadelphia Department of Prisons.  It is named in honor of Warden Patrick N. Curran and Deputy Warden Robert F. Fromhold, who were killed in the line of duty at Holmesburg Prison in 1973. 

Pope Francis visited CFCF during his 2015 visit to the City of Philadelphia. The Holy Father met with select inmates and their families as well as prison staff.

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Editor’s Note: Reporters seeking to cover the Mass are kindly asked to contact Shawn Hawes (215-685-7888 or, Public Information Officer for the Philadelphia Department of Prisons, in advance of Monday’s Mass. All visitors must present a valid state issued driver’s license, state issued photo identification or passport. 

Visiting reporters are also reminded that CFCF is a secure facility. Press will be permitted to bring recording devices, cameras, etc. Telephones are not permitted inside of the jail.  

 Please also note that faces of inmates should not be on camera, with the exception of those designated by prison officials.


Any questions, clarifications or concerns should be directed to the Philadelphia Department of Prison’s Public Information Office at 215-685-7888 (o) or 215-827-8334 (m). 


Stephanie Brophy
Associate Director of Communications
215-587-3747 (office)