Press Releases

World Meeting Of Families – Philadelphia 2015 Announces Official Theme For September 2015 Event: “Love Is Our Mission: The Family Fully Alive”

May 13th, 2014

Philadelphia, PA (May 13, 2014) – Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap. and Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, President of the Pontifical Council for the Family, along with World Meetings of Families-Philadelphia 2015, today announced the official theme for the Eighth World Meeting of Families: “Love is our mission: the family fully alive.” Inspired by the words […]

Catholic School Students For Catholic Charities To Host Collection Celebration

May 5th, 2014

Catholic School Students for Catholic Charities will host a collection celebration with Bishop Michael J. Fitzgerald, who oversees Catholic education in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. More than 100 students from schools throughout the Archdiocese will celebrate their hard work raising funds to benefit the schools of special education in the Archdiocese. Monday, May 12, 2014 […]

Archbishop Chaput’s Weekly Column: The Cornerstone Of A Liveable World

May 2nd, 2014

In his great encyclical, Populorum Progressio, Pope Paul VI described the “natural family” – the permanent union of one man and one woman — as the key to real human development and the basis of all human community. Every neighborhood, city and nation begins with the family. It’s the seed from which all larger communities […]

Catholic Charities Appeal Partners With The Philadelphia Phillies For Second Annual Catholic Charities Night At Citizens Bank Park

May 1st, 2014

After a successful turnout last season, the Catholic Charities Appeal (CCA) will partner once again with the Philadelphia Phillies for “Catholic Charities Night”. A portion of the proceeds from tickets purchased through a dedicated link will go directly to the appeal. Orders must be placed by May 24th. To purchase tickets to this game and […]

Three Archdiocesan High School Students Awarded Prestigious Gates Millennium Scholarships

April 30th, 2014

Ana DeJesus, John W. Hallahan Catholic Girls’ High School; Alex Tieu, Roman Catholic High School for Boys; Imani Richburg, West Catholic Preparatory High School All named 2014 Gates Scholars The Office of Catholic Education and Faith in the Future are proud to announce that three Archdiocese of Philadelphia high school seniors have been awarded prestigious […]

Archbishop Chaput’s Weekly Column: Remembering Two Men, Two Popes, Two Great Saints

April 22nd, 2014

In just a few days – April 27, Divine Mercy Sunday – Pope Francis will canonize two of the greatest religious leaders in many decades: Blessed Pope John XXIII and Blessed Pope John Paul II. It’s a good moment to pause and reflect on each. Elected in October 1958 at the age of 77, Pope […]

Office For Child And Youth Protection Plants Pinwheel Garden For National Child Abuse Prevention Month

April 16th, 2014

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia Office for Child and Youth Protection (OCYP) planted approximately 180 pinwheels in front of the Archdiocesan Pastoral Center as part of a national effort to commemorate National Child Abuse Prevention month. The pinwheels will remain in place through the end of April. The nationwide Pinwheels for Prevention Campaign was conceived by […]

Archbishop Chaput’s Weekly Column: A Message For Easter 2014

April 16th, 2014

Dear friends in Jesus Christ, For Christians, Holy Week is the most sacred time of year. It’s a time to reflect on what the “good news” of Jesus Christ really means. C.S. Lewis once wrote that “Christianity is a thing of unspeakable joy. But it begins not in joy, but in wretchedness, and it does […]

Letter Of Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap. To The Jewish Community At Passover

April 14th, 2014

Together with the clergy and people of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, I want to extend to the local Jewish community our prayerful best wishes during this year’s observance of Passover. Passover is, of course, the great feast that marks the liberation of the Chosen People from slavery. In remembering this miracle, the celebrations relating to […]

Archbishop Chaput’s Weekly Column: Holy Week And The Gift Of Priesthood

April 11th, 2014

Holy Week is the most sacred time of the Christian year. And on every Holy Thursday, priests of the archdiocese gather at the annual Chrism Mass to renew their fraternal bonds and the meaning of their vocation. The readings of the Chrism Mass have a special beauty and power, and they deserve the attention of […]