Press Releases

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 […]

Archbishop Charles Chaput To Be Keynote Speaker At 6th Annual Men’s Spirituality Conference

March 4th, 2014

Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap. will be the keynote speaker at the 6th annual Man Up Philly, the largest Men’s Spirituality Conference in the Philadelphia area. At this event, Catholic men from across the five-county Archdiocese are encouraged to come together for a day of prayer and fellowship. Saturday, March 15, 2014 7:45 a.m. […]

Devotions With The Relics Of Saint Therese And Her Blessed Parents

February 27th, 2014

The Carmelite Monastery invites all to pray in the presence of the relics of Saint Thérèse of Lisieux and of her parents, Blessed Louis and Zélie Martin. Sunday, March 2, 2014 10:00 a.m. (Devotions) 1:00 p.m. (Speaker) 3:30 p.m. (Benediction) Carmelite Monastery 1400 66th Avenue Philadelphia, PA 19126 Maureen O’Riordan will speak on “Blessed Louis […]

Archbishop Chaput’s Weekly Column: Three Simple Questions On The Threshhold Of Lent

February 27th, 2014

Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent, falls on March 5 this year. Lived well, Lent can convert the heart and transform a person’s life. That’s the whole point of the season – to ready us for the miracle of Easter. But self-examination, repentance and reconciliation are rarely painless; they can sound a lot easier in […]

Ash Wednesday In The Archdiocese Of Philadelphia Catholics Throughout The Philadelphia Region Mark The Beginning Of Lent

February 24th, 2014

Archbishop Charles J. Chaput O.F.M. Cap. will be the principal celebrant for the Ash Wednesday Mass at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul. Catholics in over 230 parishes across the five-county Archdiocese will attend Mass or a Liturgy of the Word and receive ashes on their foreheads which are marked in the sign […]

Archdiocese Of Philadelphia Sponsors Pilgrimage To Rome For Canonization Of Blessed Popes John XXIII And John Paul II

February 24th, 2014

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia is sponsoring a nine day pilgrimage to Rome and Assisi for the canonization of Blessed Popes John XXIII and John Paul II. Pope Francis will preside at the ceremonies at the Basilica of Saint Peter on Sunday April 27th. The trip also features a general papal audience with the Holy Father, […]

Announcement Regarding Reverend James J. Collins And Reverend John P. Paul

February 23rd, 2014

Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap. has found Reverend James J. Collins not suitable for ministry following a substantiated allegation that he sexually abused a 17-year old minor over 40 years ago. Archbishop Chaput has also found Reverend John P. Paul unsuitable for ministry following a substantiated allegation that he sexually abused a 17-year old […]