November 24, 2021

Faithful Across the Archdiocese are Invited to Seek the Intercession of Venerable Mother Cornelia Connelly at Her New Memorial in the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul

Most Reverend Nelson J. Pérez, Archbishop of Philadelphia, joined sisters from the Society of the Holy Child Jesus on October 17, 2021 at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul for a Mass celebrating the 175th Anniversary of the order’s founding by Venerable Mother Cornelia Connelly.

Following the Mass, Archbishop Pérez solemnly blessed the new memorial to Venerable Mother Cornelia and the Shrine of the Holy Child. It is located to the right of the main entrance of the Cathedral Basilica, which is the Mother Church of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.

All people of good will are encouraged to visit the Cathedral and pray at the memorial. Prayers for Venerable Mother Cornelia’s Beatification are especially encouraged. Notification of any favors from the Lord through the prayerful intercession of Mother Cornelia may be sent to Reverend Dennis Gill, Rector of the Cathedral Basilica, at [email protected].

About Venerable Mother Cornelia Connelly

Mother Cornelia Connelly was born in 19th century Philadelphia and founded a religious congregation of women, the Society of the Holy Child Jesus. Venerable Cornelia Connelly offers inspiration to all who seek the will of God in their vocations, especially those in difficult marriages and who have suffered the death of children.

To read more about the life of Mother Cornelia, please see this article from

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