Alliance of Catholic Women

In the fall of 1916, a new organization, the Alliance of Catholic Women (ACW) of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, was officially founded with the approval of Archbishop Prendergast. The Alliance’s constitution stated that it was “organized for the allying of all charitable, educational, civic, and social activities of Catholic women.”[1]

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Holy Redeemer Chinese Catholic Church

The story behind the building of a strong and vibrant Chinese Catholic community began in 1939 when Archbishop Paul Yu Pin of China visited Philadelphia.[1] He stayed at St. John’s Rectory, just south of Chinatown, and wanted to address the Chinese population. However, at the time there was only one

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Interesting film history finds in the Parish Calendar collection

Over the summer, I served as a volunteer mainly working with PAHRC's collection of parish calendars. My task was to catalog the calendars into PastPerfect so that the collection could be accessible to researchers online. In all, the collection contains calendars for over three hundred parishes. The date range for

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