In 1992, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia established the Office for the Ecclesiastical Exchange (the Exchange) to ensure that sacred objects from closed parishes and other entities related to the Archdiocese would be appropriately removed, cataloged, stored, and preserved in a secure fashion. In addition, it was charged with responsibility for placement of those same sacred objects within an appropriate liturgical setting. As such, it only permits Catholic clergy, religious, or their authorized representatives to make purchases from its inventory.
The service provided by the Exchange over the course of more than 25 years has proven valuable to pastors locally and has benefited many Church projects around the country, including some cathedrals.
In 2018, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia outsourced the administration and operation of the Ecclesiastical Exchange to Henninger’s Inc.
Under the auspices of Henninger’s Inc., the Ecclesiastical Exchange continues with its Mission to place items in appropriate, respectful settings and provide others the opportunity to share in our vision of stewardship.
Whenever a parish or chapel is under consideration for closing or relegation, the pastor or administrator must contact the Ecclesiastical Exchange and make arrangements with the Exchange for a complete inventory of all liturgical items in order to ensure the proper disposition and placement of those items in accordance within the guidelines established by the Archdiocese.
Local Contact Information:
Ed Rafferty, Coordinator