Press Releases

Archdiocese of Philadelphia to Release Upbeat Vocation Numbers and Announce New Vocation Program

August 18th, 2015

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia will release the latest new priestly vocation numbers and announce a new vocation grassroots and parish-based recruitment program building on the momentum of Pope Francis’ visit to Philadelphia and Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary this September. The new vocation increases and the new grassroots vocation recruitment program build on the transformation now taking place at Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary.

Seminarians Move-In to Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary to Kick-Off 2015 – 2016 Academic Year

August 18th, 2015

The College and Theology Division seminarians of Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary will return to campus to mark the start of the academic year on Tuesday, August 18th beginning with registration and moving-in to the dorms.

Office of Catholic Education and Faith in the Future Announce New Superintendent of Secondary Schools

August 17th, 2015

The Office of Catholic Education and Faith in the Future are proud to announce that Sister Maureen Lawrence McDermott, IHM, who has served as Principal of Bishop Shanahan High School in Downingtown for the last 14 years, has been named Superintendent of Secondary Schools for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia effective October 1, 2015.

Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary Revitalizes Music Program

August 12th, 2015

Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary today announced a revitalization of its music program with the appointment of Rudolph A. Lucente as Director of Sacred Music and Michael Stairs to the new position of Artist in Residence. Both men are recognized organists in the Philadelphia region and perform together as part of the Philadelphia Organ Quartet.

World Meeting of Families – Philadelphia 2015 Announces Aramark as Official Food & Beverage Provider

August 11th, 2015

The World Meeting of Families – Philadelphia 2015 today announced Aramark (NYSE: ARMK), the global provider of award-winning services in food, facilities management and uniforms, headquartered in Philadelphia, as the official food and beverage provider for the visit of Pope Francis in Philadelphia.

Archbishop Chaput’s Weekly Column: There is No Equivalence

August 10th, 2015

Here’s a simple exercise in basic reasoning. On a spectrum of bad things to do, theft is bad, assault is worse and murder is worst. There’s a similar texture of ill will connecting all three crimes, but only a very confused conscience would equate thieving and homicide. Both are serious matters. But there is no equivalence. The deliberate killing of innocent life is a uniquely wicked act. No amount of contextualizing or deflecting our attention to other issues can obscure that.

World Meeting of Families – Philadelphia 2015 Launches Interactive Volunteer Training Program using Scavify Mobile App

August 10th, 2015

The World Meeting of Families – Philadelphia 2015 today announced the launch of a new interactive training experience for its 10,000 volunteers utilizing Scavify, a mobile application. In preparing for the World Meeting of Families Congress (September 22 – 25) and Pope Francis’ visit to Philadelphia (September 26-27), this app will prepare volunteers for myriad roles by allowing them to complete a series of challenges that will test their knowledge of key roles and responsibilities for these special events.

World Meeting of Families – Philadelphia 2015 & Office of Catholic Education Surprises Two Catholic High School Marching Bands With Once in a Lifetime Opportunity to Perform During Papal Visit

August 10th, 2015

The World Meeting of Families – Philadelphia 2015 and the Archdiocese of Philadelphia – Office of Catholic Education (OCE) today turned a late summer ritual for two Archdiocesan high school marching bands, band camp, into the announcement of a once in a lifetime performance opportunity.

World Meeting of Families – Philadelphia 2015 Announces that Pope Francis Will Use The Gettysburg Lectern for Historic Address at Independence Hall on Saturday, September 26

August 7th, 2015

The World Meeting of Families – Philadelphia 2015 today announced that Pope Francis will use the Gettysburg Lectern, which was used by President Abraham Lincoln to deliver the Gettysburg Address on November 19, 1863, for his historic address at Independence Hall on Saturday, September 26. 

World Meeting of Families – Philadelphia 2015 Urges That All Buses Coming to Philadelphia for Papal Visit Must “Register Now!”

August 5th, 2015

Following today’s announcement about traffic, security, and planning updates from the City of Philadelphia, the World Meeting of Families – Philadelphia 2015 urges all commercial and privately-owned buses and motor coaches to be registered now via GO GROUND, the official transportation management partner of the World Meeting of Families, at wmof.goground.com.