Misericordia Hospital

A New Hospital for the Sisters of Mercy, (1915) On July 2, 1918 the Sisters of Mercy opened a new 100 bed hospital in West Philadelphia.[1] Named Misericordia Hospital, the opening of hospital was a long project that dated back to 1910 when Archbishop Prendergast first approached the Sisters about

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The Centennial Fountain

(This post follows up on the last blog about the history of the Temperance Movement) With the approach of the centennial celebrations in Philadelphia to mark the signing of the Declaration of Independence, the Catholic Total Abstinence Union of the Diocese of Philadelphia wanted to partake in the festivities. To do

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Temperance Movement

Our Mother of Sorrows Total Abstinence Society https://omeka.chrc-phila.org/items/show/7090 Temperance movements have a long tradition in the United States, with the aim to not only eliminate drinking but to also improve the fabric of America. The first temperance society formed in 1789 in Connecticut and throughout the 19th century they spread

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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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