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February 18, 2002


Parishioners throughout the five county area of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia generously contributed $644,000 (as of February 1, 2002) through special collections to a fund for the victims of September 11th. Anthony Cardinal Bevilacqua, Archbishop of Philadelphia, will send approximately half of the money raised to the archbishops or bishops of the dioceses where most of the victims lived. Those dioceses include the Archdiocese of Newark, NJ, Archdiocese of New York, Archdiocese of Washington, D.C., Diocese of Arlington, VA, Diocese of Bridgeport, CT, Diocese of Brooklyn, Diocese of Patterson, NJ and the Diocese of Rockville Centre, NY.

The remaining funds will stay in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia to assist both primary and secondary victims of the attacks. Catholic Social Services is working with the United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania to provide direct assistance to those families who lost someone whose salary provided the family's main means of support. Nineteen such families have been identified within the Archdiocese.

The Archdiocese will also assist those who have been indirectly affected by the tragedies. Catholic Social Services, through its 12 Family Service Centers in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, is already helping some people who have lost their jobs or had their hours reduced as a result of cutbacks in the hospitality or travel business.

Family Service Centers

Philadelphia County
6214 Grays Street - 215-724-8550
227 N. 18th Street - 215-854-7090
Casa Del Carmen Family Center, 4400 N. Reese Street (Bilingual staff available) - 215-329-5660
7340 Jackson Street - 215-624-5920

Bucks County
100 Levittown Parkway, Levittown - 215-945-2550
427 North Main Street, Sellersville - 215-453-7098
607 W. Street Road, Warminster - 215-957-6699

Chester County
141 East Lancaster Avenue, Downingtown - 610-269-4060
105 Prospect Avenue, West Grove (Bilingual staff available) - 610-869-6500

Delaware County
240 N. Bishop Avenue, Springfield - 610-626-6550
130 E. 7th Street, Chester City (Bilingual staff available) - 610-876-7101

Montgomery County
353 E. Johnson Highway, Norristown - 610-279-7372


Donna Farrell
Broadcast and Media Specialist

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