Press Releases

Archdiocese of Philadelphia to Celebrate Project Rachel Mass

October 16th, 2018

It’s an invitation to all to pray and ask God for the healing of those men and women coping with the aftermath of abortion.

Catholic Social Services Partners With Saint Raymond Of Peñafort Parish To Host Free Baby Shower For The Community

October 12th, 2018

As part of its “Respect Life Month” observance, Saint Raymond of Peñafort has partnered with Catholic Social Services of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia o host a baby shower for expectant mothers in the local community.

Catholic Housing And Community Services Celebrates The 15th Anniversary Of The Saint Monica Eldercare Program

October 12th, 2018

To mark the 15th anniversary of the Saint Monica Eldercare Program (SMEP), Reverend Joseph Kelley, Pastor of Saint Monica Parish, will preside over a Healing Mass and anointing ceremony.

Most Reverend Louis Anthony DeSimone, Retired Auxiliary Bishop of Philadelphia, Dies At The Age Of 96

October 5th, 2018

Most Reverend Louis Anthony DeSimone, retired Auxiliary Bishop of Philadelphia, Titular Bishop of Cillium, and Pastor Emeritus of Saint Monica Parish died at Saint Thomas Monastery in Villanova on the morning of Friday, October 5th following a brief illness. He was 96.

Archbishop Chaput’s Weekly Column: Thoughts on the 2018 Synod–The Power of Clarity

October 5th, 2018

As I’ve done on an occasional basis for the last few months, I’m turning over my column space here to another voice whose good work is relevant to the theme of the 2018 synod: “Young people, the faith, and vocational discernment.”

Chris Stefanick began his career as a successful youth minister but has since developed into one of the most effective Catholic evangelists in the United States.  The founder of Real Life Catholic, Stefanick’s live events reach more than 85,000 people each year – and his online videos, TV show and radio spots have reached millions.  He offers his thoughts on the synod and its goals below.

Archbishop Chaput’s Weekly Column: The Issues of the 2018 Synod as it Opens

October 3rd, 2018

Three years after the 2015 World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia, thanks to a former U.S. cardinal, a Pennsylvania statewide grand jury report, and abuse problems in Chile and elsewhere, the Church is in turmoil.  In this turbulent environment, the Holy See will host a world synod of bishops, October 3-28, in Rome.   Keyed to the theme of “young people, faith, and vocational discernment,” a more ironic, and more difficult, confluence of bad facts at a bad time for the meeting can hardly be imagined.

Archdiocese of Philadelphia to Celebrate 13th Annual Hispanic Heritage Mass

October 3rd, 2018

A celebration of the Hispanic Catholic community’s rich diversity