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September 28, 2012


The Archdiocese recently became aware that the priests and brothers of the Congregation of the Mission, headquartered in Barcelona, Spain, intend to sell Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal Chapel, among other properties, in order to support their retired priests and brothers in Spain. Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal Chapel, best known in the Hispanic community as La Milagrosa is a Chapel of the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul located at 1903 Spring Garden Street in Philadelphia. The Archdiocese does not own the property and does not have the funds to purchase it.

An announcement containing this information was made at La Milagrosa this past Sunday. Representatives from the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, along with the Office for Hispanic Catholics, will be meeting with members of the community to determine what plan of action will best fit their pastoral needs moving forward.

Masses will continue at La Milagrosa as scheduled for the time being as there is no time frame for the sale of the building.

The Archdiocese is keenly aware of the historic nature of the Chapel and the unique pastoral care it provides to the Hispanic Catholic community in the City of Philadelphia. The Cathedral welcomes La Milagrosa community with open arms and is prepared to hold a Spanish-language Mass each week.


Editor's Note: La Milagrosa was founded on April 26, 1912 to serve the growing Hispanic community in the city. Graduates of its formation programs went on to become leaders in over three dozen parishes serving the Hispanic community. La Milagrosa is not connected to the Miraculous Medal Shrine, which is located in the Germantown section of Philadelphia.

Kenneth A. Gavin
Associate Director of Communications

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