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May 9, 2008


Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia, was the celebrant and homilist at a Mass on the occasion of the fifth anniversary of his Installation as Archbishop of Philadelphia on the Feast of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary. Concelebrating the Mass were the Most Reverend Robert P. Maginnis, Auxiliary Bishop of Philadelphia; Most Reverend Joseph R. Cistone, Auxiliary Bishop of Philadelphia; Most Reverend Joseph P. McFadden, Auxiliary Bishop of Philadelphia and Most Reverend Daniel E. Thomas as well as twenty-two priests of the Archdiocese.

At the conclusion of Mass, a student from John W. Hallahan Catholic Girls' High School, representing all of the young people of the Archdiocese, read a letter of thanksgiving to the Cardinal and presented him with a spiritual bouquet - a pledge of prayers offered for the Cardinal's intentions. The young people of the Catholic schools and religious education programs pledged:

- 609,484 Our Fathers

- 599,059 Hail Marys

- 502,747 Glory Be's

- 560,312 prayers to Saint Paul

- 108,243 acts of charity…86,011 Masses

- 84,536 Memorares

- 82,420 "Hail Holy Queen" … 81,612 Apostles' Creeds

- 64,334 Rosaries…64,037 visits in prayer to the Blessed Sacrament

- 22,391 Holy Hours…and 2,000 Morning Offerings



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