10th Synod

On December 8, 2000, Anthony Cardinal Bevilacqua called for an Archdiocesan Synod to be held in 2002.[1] He planned it to build upon the years of preparation that were done for Catholic Life 2000 and the new Catholic millennium. A synod is a “group of selected priest and other member

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Benedict Club: A Home Away From Home

The Benedict Club was a refuge for servicemen in Philadelphia during both World Wars. Located at 157 North 15th Street, the club was named after Pope Benedict XV, who was pope during World War I.[1] By 1919, it was considered the largest such organization of its kind, serving over 3,000

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Day of Great Joy: Sisters of St. Joseph in Philadelphia

Bishop Kenrick wrote that May 4, 1847 was a day of great joy for the Diocese of Philadelphia because it was on that day after weeks of traveling across the country from St. Louis, the Sisters of St. Joseph arrived to take control of St. John’s Orphanage.[1] Bishop Kenrick had

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National Council of Catholic Women

Lay women associations have a long history in the Catholic Church. One such organization is the National Council of Catholic Women (NCCW). Unlike other female groups, the NCCW was founded in 1920 as part of the National Catholic Welfare Council, a predecessor to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.[1]

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