Press Releases

Leadership Delegation Arrives In Rome In Advance Of Planning Meetings And Private Audience With Pope Francis For World Meeting Of Families – Philadelphia 2015

March 24th, 2014

Rome, Italy (March 24, 2014) – A special leadership delegation led by Archbishop Charles J. Chaput O.F.M. Cap., Governor Tom Corbett (Pennsylvania) and Mayor Michael A. Nutter (Philadelphia), arrived in Rome , Italy, this morning to commence planning meetings for the Eighth World Meeting of Families, which will be held in Philadelphia, PA in September […]

Archbishop Chaput’s Weekly Column: Lent And The Road Less Traveled

March 21st, 2014

What Francis of Assisi and every other great saint discovered in their time is that we become who we really are — we experience life most vividly — when we allow Jesus Christ to transform and work through us. Each of us as disciples receives a call to share in God’s power to give life. […]

Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary Announces Sale Of Selected Works By Thomas Eakins Through Christie’s Private Sales

March 21st, 2014

Contextual Background Last March, Archbishop Chaput announced a plan focused on the future viability and sustainability of Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary. Its stated goal was to bring a sense of energy to the Seminary, its program of priestly formation, its program of permanent diaconate formation and educational opportunities it offers for the general public through […]

Casa Del Carmen Graduates First Green Light Pantry Class

March 18th, 2014

The Green Light Pantry at Casa del Carmen, a ministry of Catholic Social Services of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, will graduate the first Green Light Pantry class. Diego Castellanos, host of WPVI-TV Channel 6’s “Puerto Rican Panorama,” will be the guest speaker. In association with the graduation, the United Way and the Philadelphia Eagles will […]

Mr. Thomas S. Fertal Named 3rd President Of Cardinal O’Hara High School

March 14th, 2014

The Office of Catholic Education (OCE) and the Faith in the Future Foundation are pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Thomas S. Fertal as the 3rd President of Cardinal O’Hara High School in Delaware County. Mr. Fertal will formally assume his responsibilities on June 1st. He succeeds Dr. William J. McCusker, President of Cardinal […]

Statement Regarding The Outcome Of Father Andrew Mccormick’s Trial

March 12th, 2014

Father Andrew McCormick was placed on administrative leave by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia in March 2011. This action followed concerns raised by a Grand Jury Report issued in February of that year. Since that time, he has not exercised public ministry. He has not and may not administer the sacraments publicly or present himself as […]

Catholic Foundation Of Greater Philadelphia Launches 2014 Catholic School Students For Catholic Charities Fundraising Program

March 11th, 2014

The Catholic Foundation of Greater Philadelphia has launched this year’s Catholic School Students for Catholic Charities fundraising program, intended to educate students with the works of the Archdiocese and emphasize the relationship between charity and our Catholic faith. Student fundraiser ideas include bake sales, pep rallies, basketball shoot-offs, car washes, karaoke nights and school dances. […]

‘Mass Mob’ Initiative Makes Area Debut In The Archdiocese Of Philadelphia

March 11th, 2014

Faithful throughout the Archdiocese are invited to participate in an evangelization initiative making its area debut here in Philadelphia. Borrowed from the idea of flash mobs and modeled after a successful grassroots program developed in the Diocese of Buffalo, a “Mass mob” encourages Catholics to come together in an organized fashion and in large numbers […]

Archbishop Chaput’s Weekly Column: Come To Philadelphia: An Invitation To The World’s Families For 2015

March 7th, 2014

Here’s a simple fact: The dignity of the human person is what all Catholic teaching seeks to advance. But what sets the Christian faith apart from every other revolutionary movement for justice is the rejection of violence and the affirmation of the power of love. Real love — love that involves a complete surrender of […]

Leadership Delegation To Visit Vatican For Papal Audience And Planning Meetings For World Meeting Of Families – Philadelphia 2015

March 7th, 2014

Philadelphia, PA (March 7, 2014) – The Archdiocese of Philadelphia announced today that a leadership delegation led by Archbishop Charles J. Chaput O.F.M. Cap. and Honorary Co-Chairs for the Eighth World Meeting of Families, Governor Tom Corbett and Mayor Michael A. Nutter, will travel to Rome in preparation for the September 22-27, 2015 event. The […]