A Brief History of the Growing Pains of the Church in Philadelphia

Catholic Historical Research Center Digital Collections https://omeka.chrc-phila.org/items/show/7133 While the founding of Philadelphia as a diocese dates back to 1808 when it was separated from the Archdiocese of Baltimore, the history of the Catholic Church in Pennsylvania dates back another hundred years. The first Mass in Philadelphia was said in 1708 in

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Bishop Francis Kenrick and His Journals

As a volunteer at PAHRC this summer, I was tasked with labeling descriptions of letters from one of the journals of Bishop Francis Kenrick, who served as bishop of Philadelphia from 1830 until 1851. This particular journal, which Kenrick kept while in Philadelphia, has never been published or translated from

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Philadelphia’s First Bishop

by Christine Friend Philadelphia’s first Bishop, the Irish-born Franciscan Michael Egan, was appointed a full century after the American colonists began the practice of their Catholic Faith in the New World. Bishop Michael Egan, n.d. The colony of Pennsylvania, chartered in 1681 with William Penn as proprietor, offered the safety

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