Press Releases

First Class Relic of Pope Saint John Paul II To Be Venerated At Cathedral Basilica Of Saints Peter And Paul

July 15th, 2014

A precious Relic of the recently canonized Pope Saint John Paul II will be exposed for public veneration between all of the Masses at the Cathedral Basilica.

Ms. Denise LePera Named President of Archbishop Ryan High School

July 14th, 2014

The Office of Catholic Education (OCE) and Faith in the Future are pleased to announce the appointment of Ms. Denise LePera as President of Archbishop Ryan High School, effective July 28th.

Office of Catholic Education and Faith in the Future Launch “Transfer Advantage” Campaign

July 10th, 2014

The Office of Catholic Education (OCE) and Faith in the Future are proud to announce the launch of a new transfer grant campaign, taking place in all 17 Archdiocesan high schools. The “Transfer Advantage” campaign is an outreach to parents of any students entering 10th, 11th or 12th grades who are not currently enrolled at an Archdiocesan high school.

Archdiocese of Philadelphia Announces Agreement of Sale with Center Management Group Regarding Nursing Homes Operated by Catholic Health Care Services

July 1st, 2014

Last July, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia published audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2012. The financial statements disclosed a $39.2 million operating deficit for that period as well as very significant underfunded balance sheet liabilities that measured in the hundreds of millions of dollars.

Archdiocese Announces Parish Mergers in Philadelphia as well as Delaware, Montgomery and Bucks Counties Resulting from Pastoral Planning Initiative

June 1st, 2014

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia announced today that Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap. has reviewed recommendations of the Archdiocesan Strategic Planning Committee and made decisions to merge parishes in the City of Philadelphia as well as Delaware, Montgomery and Bucks Counties.

Catholic Social Services Out Of School Time Programs To Celebrate Fantasy Baseball World Series

May 28th, 2014

Catholic Social Services of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia Out of School Time (OST) Programs will host a championship fantasy baseball tournament featuring over 50 students from six sites. The students at the fantasy baseball tournament will apply statistical analyses to the sport of baseball. Saturday, May 31, 2014 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Cardinal Bevilacqua […]

Archbishop Chaput’s Weekly Column: Preserving The ‘Vital Sources Of Our Humanity’

May 22nd, 2014

A week after arriving in Philadelphia in 2011, I got an email from a very persuasive student inviting me to speak at his school – the University of Pennsylvania. I said yes, and I’m glad I did. It was my first taste of our city’s many excellent universities and colleges, from Villanova and St. Joe’s, […]

Statement Of Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap Regarding Marriage Ruling In Pennsylania

May 20th, 2014

Today’s federal district court decision striking down Pennsylvania’s Defense of Marriage Act is a mistake with long-term, negative consequences. Like many other Pennsylvanians, I hope that an appeal will be made promptly. Laws that defend the traditional definition of marriage were enacted for sound reasons-namely to defend the rights of children and contribute to the […]

House Blessing For Former Residents Of Don Guanella Village

May 19th, 2014

Catholic Social Services (CSS) of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia will hold a Blessing for two of its group homes in Downingtown for former residents of Don Guanella Village. Tuesday, May 20, 2014 6:30 p.m. 125 Whiteland Avenue Downingtown, PA After the first House Blessing the participants including the residents of the two houses, their relatives, […]

Archbishop Chaput To Ordain Rev. Mr. David A. Waters, Jr. To The Priesthood

May 15th, 2014

The Rev. Mr. David A. Waters, Jr. son of Mr. David and Mrs. Evelyn Waters, will be ordained to the Priesthood by Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap. on Saturday, May 17, 2014 9:45 a.m. (Procession) 10:00 a.m. (Mass) Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul 18th Street and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway Philadelphia, PA […]