...] There they picked the name Philopatrian, meaning “love of one’s country” and the motto of “Revere the Church thy Mother and love thy Fatherland. Soon the Philopatrians were meeting at the Athanaeum of Philadelphia and started to build a library of their own. The Institute quickly started having lecture
...to the trustee issues at Old. St. Mary. The following year St. Johns became the pro-cathedral while Kenrick explored options for the building of a separate cathedral for the Diocese. Eight years later on June 29, 1846, Bishop Kenrick announced plans to start building a new cathedral on the parkway.
...adelphia would greatly expand, with the building of Saint Charles Seminary and the establishing of the first diocesan newspaper, the Catholic Herald. By the end of Kenrick’s time as bishop in 1851, the diocese had added 80 churches, 90 priests, and 150,000 Catholics from when the diocese was founded in