Press Releases

Devotions With The Relics Of Saint Therese And Her Blessed Parents

February 27th, 2014

The Carmelite Monastery invites all to pray in the presence of the relics of Saint Thérèse of Lisieux and of her parents, Blessed Louis and Zélie Martin. Sunday, March 2, 2014 10:00 a.m. (Devotions) 1:00 p.m. (Speaker) 3:30 p.m. (Benediction) Carmelite Monastery 1400 66th Avenue Philadelphia, PA 19126 Maureen O’Riordan will speak on “Blessed Louis […]

Archbishop Chaput’s Weekly Column: Three Simple Questions On The Threshhold Of Lent

February 27th, 2014

Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent, falls on March 5 this year. Lived well, Lent can convert the heart and transform a person’s life. That’s the whole point of the season – to ready us for the miracle of Easter. But self-examination, repentance and reconciliation are rarely painless; they can sound a lot easier in […]

Ash Wednesday In The Archdiocese Of Philadelphia Catholics Throughout The Philadelphia Region Mark The Beginning Of Lent

February 24th, 2014

Archbishop Charles J. Chaput O.F.M. Cap. will be the principal celebrant for the Ash Wednesday Mass at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul. Catholics in over 230 parishes across the five-county Archdiocese will attend Mass or a Liturgy of the Word and receive ashes on their foreheads which are marked in the sign […]

Archdiocese Of Philadelphia Sponsors Pilgrimage To Rome For Canonization Of Blessed Popes John XXIII And John Paul II

February 24th, 2014

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia is sponsoring a nine day pilgrimage to Rome and Assisi for the canonization of Blessed Popes John XXIII and John Paul II. Pope Francis will preside at the ceremonies at the Basilica of Saint Peter on Sunday April 27th. The trip also features a general papal audience with the Holy Father, […]

Announcement Regarding Reverend James J. Collins And Reverend John P. Paul

February 23rd, 2014

Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap. has found Reverend James J. Collins not suitable for ministry following a substantiated allegation that he sexually abused a 17-year old minor over 40 years ago. Archbishop Chaput has also found Reverend John P. Paul unsuitable for ministry following a substantiated allegation that he sexually abused a 17-year old […]

Archbishop Chaput’s Weekly Column: Blessed John XXIII And The Meaning Of Peace

February 20th, 2014

Catholic or not, many of us remember Blessed Pope John XXIII with special affection — a man who committed himself to world peace and international justice. With his canonization just two months away, it’s a good moment to consider his legacy. In talking about peace, John always began with the rights of the individual human […]

Archdiocese Of Philadelphia To Hold Mass For Healing For Victims Of Clergy Sexual Abuse

February 20th, 2014

Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap. will be the principal celebrant and homilist for the Mass for Healing for victims of clergy sexual abuse. Saturday, March 22, 2014 5:15 p.m. Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul 18th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway Philadelphia, PA 19103 All are welcome to attend as we continue to […]

Catholic Social Services Introduces New Mobile Outreach Program Serving Pregnant Women And New Mothers

February 18th, 2014

Catholic Social Services (CSS) of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia is pleased to introduce a new mobile unit which will serve pregnant women and new mothers throughout Philadelphia and its surrounding counties. As part of the statewide government-funded Real Alternatives program, the ‘Beautiful Beginnings’ van will provide pro-life options counseling and vital support services. Amy Stoner, […]

Bishop Emeritus Ricardo Ramirez Of Las Cruces New Mexico To Celebrate Mass In Support Of Immigrants And Immigration Reform

February 17th, 2014

Bishop Ricardo Ramirez, C.S.B. Bishop Emeritus of the Dioceses of Las Cruces, New Mexico, longtime Hispanic leader and social justice advocate will be the main celebrant and homilist at a Mass honoring immigrants and praying for the passage of immigration reform. Wednesday, February 19, 2014 7:00 p.m. Visitation B.V.M. Church 196 North Trooper Road Norristown, […]

Archbishop Chaput’s Statement On Valentine’s Day

February 14th, 2014

Today, we celebrate Valentine’s Day. Saint Valentine is the patron of happy marriages, engaged couples and young people. Please join me in praying for married couples as well as all those preparing to enter into the sacred bonds of marriage. The married couple is the building block of the family-the cornerstone of society. Today is […]