Press Releases

USCCB: Ordination Class Of 2015 Shows Increase In Number Ordained, Reflects Positive Impact Of Support From Families, Catholic Schools, Parish Priests

April 7th, 2015

The 2015 class of men ordained to the priesthood report that they were, on average, about 17 when they first considered a vocation to the priesthood and encouraged to consider a vocation by an average of four people.

Archbishop Chaput’s Weekly Column: A Message for Easter 2015

April 1st, 2015

Dear friends in Christ,
For Christians, Holy Week is the most sacred time of year. It’s a time to reflect on what the “good news” of the Gospel really means.

Pope John Paul II High School to Host Jack M. Barrack Hebrew Academy Students for Inter-Faith Program

March 30th, 2015

The Friends in Faith program will provide high school students with the opportunity for Jewish-Catholic dialogue.

Archbishop Chaput’s Weekly Column: Thoughts for the Beginning of Holy Week

March 27th, 2015

A bishop makes many friends over the years, and two of mine are Martha and Bill Beckman.
Bill worked for a time as my director of catechesis and evangelization when I was Archbishop of
Denver. Later he served as my staff theologian. Later still he and Martha entered the
Neocatechumenal Way, and today Bill serves as director of catechesis and evangelization for the
Archdiocese of Omaha.

Holy Week and Easter Liturgies at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul

March 26th, 2015

Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap. will be the principal celebrant and homilist. Palm Sunday commemorates Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem and the Proclamation of the Passion. It marks the beginning of Holy Week.

Letter of Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap. to the Jewish Community at Passover

March 25th, 2015

On behalf of the clergy and people of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, I want to take this occasion to extend to the local Jewish community our prayerful best wishes as you observe Passover.

Oscar Romero Day of Commitment Connects Civic and Business Leaders with Hungry and Homeless in Philadelphia and Camden

March 24th, 2015

Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap. and Sister Mary Scullion, R.S.M. of Project HOME were among civic, religious, political and business leaders from Philadelphia and southern New Jersey who visited homeless shelters, soup kitchens, food pantries and health clinics, to understand the personal and social dimensions of persons experiencing hunger, homelessness, and poverty in the region.

Archbishop Chaput to Celebrate Mass at 35th Annual Catholic Charismatic Renewal Conference

March 23rd, 2015

Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap. will be the main celebrant and homilist at Mass during the 35th Annual Catholic Charismatic Renewal Conference.

Archbishop Chaput’s Weekly Column: The World Meeting of Families: What You Can Do

March 23rd, 2015

This past weekend, March 21-22, many of our parishes included a letter from me that was read during Mass. It highlighted some of the needs we face in preparing for the World Meeting of Families (WMOF) this September. We have exactly – and only – six months left before the event. The pace of getting ready to welcome visitors from around the globe and Pope Francis himself is speeding up quickly.

Archdiocese Announces Demolition of Saint Laurentius Church Building

March 22nd, 2015

A former worship site of Holy Name of Jesus Parish, Philadelphia, the Saint Laurentius church building was closed for imminent safety reasons in March 2014