Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia

Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia
Archdiocese of Philadelphia
Archidioecesis Philadelphiensis
Country United States
Territory Philadelphia City and County, counties of Bucks, Chester, Delaware, and Montgomery, Pennsylvania
Ecclesiastical province Metropolitan Province of Philadelphia
Metropolitan Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
- Catholics

Denomination Roman Catholic
Rite Roman Rite
Established April 8, 1808
Cathedral Cathedral-Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul
Patron saint St. Peter and St. Paul
Current leadership
Archbishop Charles Joseph Chaput, O.F.M. Cap.
Archbishop of Philadelphia[1]
Auxiliary Bishop John J. McIntyre
Michael J. Fitzgerald
Timothy C. Senior
Daniel E. Thomas
Emeritus Bishops Anthony Cardinal Bevilacqua
Justin Cardinal Rigali

Diocesan map of the Ecclesiastical Province of Philadelphia.

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia is an ecclesiastical territory or diocese of the Roman Catholic Church in southeastern Pennsylvania, in the United States. It covers the City and County of Philadelphia as well as Bucks, Chester, Delaware, and Montgomery counties. The diocese was erected by Pope Pius VII on April 8, 1808, from territories of the Archdiocese of Baltimore. Originally the diocese included all of Pennsylvania, Delaware, and seven counties and parts of three counties in New Jersey. The diocese was raised to the dignity of a metropolitan archdiocese on February 12, 1875. The seat of the archbishop is the Cathedral-Basilica of Ss. Peter & Paul.

It is also the Metropolitan See of the Ecclesiastical Province of Philadelphia, which includes the suffragan episcopal sees of Allentown, Altoona-Johnstown, Erie, Greensburg, Harrisburg, Pittsburgh, and Scranton. The territory of the Province is coextensive with the state of Pennsylvania.


History of the archdiocese

The history of the Catholic Church in the area dates back to William Penn and when Mass was said publicly as early as 1707.[2] On April 8, 1808, the suffragan dioceses of Boston, New York, Philadelphia, and Bardstown (moved to Louisville in 1841) were erected by Pope Pius VII from the territory of the Diocese of Baltimore, which was simultaneously raised to the rank of metropolitan archdiocese.[3] Michael Egan was appointed as the first bishop[4] and was consecrated as a bishop on October 28, 1810, by Archbishop John Carroll.[5]

In 1868, the dioceses of Harrisburg, Scranton, and Wilmington (Del.) were erected from the territory of the diocese.[2] Philadelphia was raised to a metropolitan archiepiscopal see on February 12, 1875,[2] with Harrisburg and Scranton as suffragan dioceses. On January 28, 1961, the five northern counties of Berks, Carbon, Lehigh, Northampton, and Schuylkill were split off from the archdiocese, to create the Diocese of Allentown.

By 1969, the archodiocese had grown to 1,351,704 parishioneers, 1,096 diocesan priests, 676 priests of religious congregations and 6,622 women of various religious orders.[2]

On February 10, 2011, a grand jury accused the Archdiocese of Philadelphia of failing to stop the sexual abuse of children. A church official, William Lynn, was charged with endangering the welfare of children while two other priests, Edward Avery and Charles Englehardt were charged with rape and indecent assault of a minor.[6]

The Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul




  1. Michael Francis Egan, OFM (1808–1814)
  2. Henry Conwell (1819–1842)
  3. † Francis Patrick Kenrick (1842–1851)
  4. † Saint John Nepomucene Neumann, CSSR (1852–1860)


  1. James Frederick Wood (1860–1883)
  2. Patrick John Ryan (1884–1911)
  3. Edmond Francis Prendergast (1911–1918)
  4. Dennis Joseph Dougherty (1918–1951)
  5. John Francis O'Hara, CSC (1951–1960)
  6. † John Joseph Krol (1961–1988)
  7. Anthony Joseph Bevilacqua (1988–2003)
  8. Justin Francis Rigali (2003–2011)
  9. Charles Joseph Chaput, O.F.M. Cap. (2011–)

† = deceased

Auxiliary bishops



† = deceased

Other bishops who once were priests in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia

Note: Years in parentheses indicate the time of service as a priest of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, prior to appointment to the episcopacy.



  • Francis Brennan (1920–1940)
  • Edwin Byrne (1915–1925)
  • George Aloysius Carrell, SJ (1827–1853)
  • Hubert James Cartwright (1927–1956)
  • Joseph Moran Corrigan (1903–1940)
  • Joseph Thomas Daley (1941–1963)
  • Edmond John Fitzmaurice (1904–1925)
  • John Edmund Fitzmaurice (1862–1897)
  • Francis Xavier Gartland (1832–1850)
  • Daniel James Gercke (1901–1923)
  • Ignatius Frederick Horstmann (1865–1891)
  • John Joseph Hughes (1826–1837)
  • Francis Edward Hyland (1927–1949)
  • Philip R. McDevitt (1885–1916)
  • Thomas Joseph McDonough (1938–1947)
  • Thomas McGovern (1861–1887)
  • Eugene J. McGuinness (1915–1937)
  • John Joseph O'Connor (1945–1979)
  • William O'Hara (1842–1868)
  • Jeremiah F. Shanahan (1859–1868)
  • John W. Shanahan (1869–1899)

The parish structure

The archdiocese is sub-divided into six vicariates, each administered by a regional vicar.[8] Present vicariates and their administrators:

Philadelphia North

Regional Vicar:[8] Rev. Paul Kennedy

  • St. Adalbert (Polish), Philadelphia
  • St. Albert the Great, Philadelphia
  • All Saints, Philadelphia
  • St. Ambrose, Philadelphia
  • St. Anselm, Philadelphia
  • Ascension of Our Lord, Philadelphia
  • St. Athanasius, Philadelphia
  • St. Bartholomew, Philadelphia
  • St. Benedict, Philadelphia
  • St. Bernard, Philadelphia
  • St. Bridget of Sweden, Philadelphia
  • St. Cecilia, Philadelphia
  • Christ the King, Philadelphia
  • St. Christopher, Philadelphia
  • St. Dominic, Philadelphia
  • St. Francis of Assisi, Philadelphia
  • St. George (Lithuanian), Philadelphia
  • St. Helena, Philadelphia
  • Holy Angels, Philadelphia
  • Holy Cross, Philadelphia
  • Holy Family, Philadelphia
  • Holy Innocents, Philadelphia
  • St. Hugh of Cluny, Philadelphia
  • Immaculate Conception, Philadelphia
  • Immaculate Heart of Mary, Philadelphia
  • Incarnation of Our Lord, Philadelphia
  • St. Jerome, Philadelphia [1]
  • St. Joachim, Philadelphia
  • St. Joan of Arc, Philadelphia
  • St. John Cantius (Polish), Philadelphia
  • St. John the Baptist, Philadelphia
  • St. John Neumann, Philadelphia
  • St. Josaphat (Polish), Philadelphia
  • St. Katherine of Siena, Philadelphia
  • St. Leo, Philadelphia
  • St. Lucy (Italian), Philadelphia
  • St. Madeleine Sophie, Philadelphia
  • St. Martha, Philadelphia
  • St. Martin of Tours, Philadelphia
  • St. Mary of the Assumption (German), Philadelphia
  • Mater Dolorosa (Italian), Philadelphia
  • Maternity B.V.M, Philadelphia
  • St. Matthew, Philadelphia
  • Mother of Divine Grace (Italian), Philadelphia
  • Nativity B.V.M., Philadelphia
  • Our Lady Help of Christians (German), Philadelphia
  • Our Lady of Calvary, Philadelphia
  • Our Lady of Consolation, Philadelphia
  • Our Lady of Hope, (now on Holy Child's property) Philadelphia
  • Our Lady of Ransom, Philadelphia
  • Our Mother of Consolation, Philadelphia
  • St. Raymond of Peñafort, Philadelphia
  • Resurrection of Our Lord Church, Philadelphia
  • St. Therese of the Child Jesus, Philadelphia
  • St. Timothy, Philadelphia
  • St. Veronica, Philadelphia
  • St. Vincent de Paul, Philadelphia
  • St. William's Parish Philadelphia

Philadelphia South

Regional Vicar:[8] Rev. Msgr. Kevin C. Lawrence

  • Cathedral-Basilica of SS. Peter & Paul, Philadelphia
  • St. Agatha-St. James Major, Philadelphia
  • St. Agnes-St. John Nepomucene (Slovak), Philadelphia
  • St. Andrew (Lithuanian), Philadelphia
  • St. Anne, Philadelphia
  • Annunciation B.V.M., Philadelphia
  • St. Augustine, Philadelphia
  • St. Barbara, Philadelphia
  • St. Barnabas, Philadelphia
  • St. Callistus, Philadelphia
  • St. Casimir (Lithuanian), Philadelphia
  • St. Charles Borromeo, Philadelphia
  • St. Cyprian, Philadelphia
  • Divine Mercy, Philadelphia
  • St. Donato (Italian), Philadelphia
  • St. Edmond, Philadelphia
  • Epiphany of Our Lord, Philadelphia
  • St. Francis de Sales, Philadelphia
  • St. Francis Xavier (The Philadelphia Oratory), Philadelphia
  • St. Gabriel, Philadelphia
  • Holy Name of Jesus, Philadelphia
  • Holy Spirit, Philadelphia
  • Holy Trinity (German), Philadelphia
  • St. Ignatius of Loyola, Philadelphia
  • Immaculate Conception, Philadelphia
  • St. John the Evangelist, Philadelphia
  • St. Laurentius (Polish), Philadelphia
  • St. Malachy, Philadelphia
  • St. Martin de Porres, Philadelphia
  • St. Michael, Philadelphia [2]
  • St. Monica, Philadelphia
  • Most Blessed Sacrament, Philadelphia
  • St. Nicholas of Tolentine (Italian), Philadelphia
  • Old St. Joseph's Church, Philadelphia
  • Old Saint Mary's, Philadelphia
  • Our Lady of Lourdes, Philadelphia
  • Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Philadelphia] [3]
  • Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament, Philadelphia
  • Our Mother of Sorrows, Philadelphia
  • St. Patrick, Philadelphia
  • St. Paul, Philadelphia
  • St. Peter the Apostle (German), Philadelphia
  • St. Philip Neri, Philadelphia
  • St. Richard, Philadelphia
  • St. Rita of Cascia, Philadelphia
  • St. Rose of Lima, Philadelphia
  • Sacred Heart of Jesus, Philadelphia
  • Stella Maris, Philadelphia
  • St. Thomas Aquinas, Philadelphia
  • Visitation B.V.M., Philadelphia

Bucks County

Regional Vicar:[8] Rev. Msgr. Joseph P. Duncan

  • St. Agnes, Sellersville
  • St. Andrew, Newtown
  • St. Ann (Italian), Bristol
  • Assumption B.V.M., Feasterville
  • St. Bede the Venerable, Holland
  • St. Charles Borromeo, Cornwells Heights (Bensalem)
  • St. Cyril of Jerusalem, Jamison
  • St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Eddington (Bensalem)
  • St. Ephrem, Cornwells Heights (Bensalem)
  • St. Frances Cabrini, Fairless Hills
  • Holy Trinity, Morrisville
  • St. Ignatius of Antioch, Yardley
  • Immaculate Conception B.V.M., Levittown
  • St. Isidore, Quakertown
  • St. John Bosco, Hatboro
  • St. John the Baptist, Ottsville - Revere
  • St. John the Evangelist, Lower Makefield
  • St. Joseph, Warrington
  • St. Joseph the Worker, Fallsington
  • St. Jude, Chalfont
  • St. Lawrence, Riegelsville
  • St. Mark, Bristol
  • St. Martin of Tours, New Hope
  • St. Michael the Archangel, Levittown
  • Nativity of Our Lord, Warminster
  • Our Lady of Fatima, Eddington (Bensalem)
  • Our Lady of Good Counsel, Southampton
  • Our Lady of Grace, Penndel
  • Our Lady of Guadalupe, Buckingham
  • Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Doylestown
  • Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, Hilltown
  • Queen of the Universe, Levittown
  • St. Robert Bellarmine, Warrington
  • St. Thomas Aquinas, Croydon
  • St. Vincent de Paul, Richboro

Chester County

Regional Vicar:[8] Rev. Msgr. Joseph T. Marino

  • St. Agnes, West Chester
  • St. Ann, Phoenixville
  • Assumption B.V.M., West Grove
  • St. Basil the Great, Kimberton
  • St. Cecilia, Coatesville
  • St. Cornelius, Chadds Ford
  • St. Elizabeth, Upper Uwchlan
  • St. Gabriel of the Sorrowful Mother, Avondale
  • Holy Trinity (Polish), Phoenixville
  • St. Isaac Jogues, Wayne
  • St. Joseph, Downingtown
  • St. Joseph, Spring City
  • St. Joseph (Slovak), Coatesville
  • St. Malachy, Cochranville
  • St. Mary of the Assumption, Phoenixville
  • St. Maximilian Kolbe, West Chester
  • St. Monica, Berwyn
  • St. Norbert, Paoli
  • Our Lady of Consolation, Parkesburg
  • Our Lady of the Assumption (Italian), Strafford
  • Our Lady of the Rosary, Coatesville
  • St. Patrick, Kennett Square
  • St. Patrick, Malvern
  • St. Peter, West Brandywine
  • SS. Peter and Paul, East Goshen
  • SS. Philip and James, Exton
  • Sacred Heart, Oxford
  • Sacred Heart (Slovak), Phoenixville
  • SS. Simon and Jude, West Chester
  • St. Stanislaus Kostka (Polish), Coatesville
  • St. Thomas More, South Coventry

Delaware County

Regional Vicar:[8] Rev. Msgr. George A. Majoros

  • St. Alice, Upper Darby
  • St. Anastasia, Newtown Square
  • St. Andrew, Drexel Hill
  • Annunciation B.V.M., Brookline
  • St. Bernadette, Drexel Hill (school)
  • Blessed Virgin Mary, Darby
  • St. Charles Borromeo, Drexel Hill
  • St. Cyril of Alexandria, East Lansdowne
  • St. Denis, Havertown
  • St. Dorothy, Drexel Hill
  • St. Eugene, Primos
  • St. Francis de Sales, Lenni
  • St. Francis of Assisi, Springfield
  • St. Gabriel, Norwood
  • St. George, Glenolden
  • Holy Cross, Springfield
  • Holy Saviour, Linwood
  • Holy Spirit, Sharon Hill
  • Immaculate Conception (Italian), Marcus Hook
  • St. John Chrysostom, Wallingford
  • St. John Fisher, Boothwyn
  • St. John Neumann, Bryn Mawr
  • St. Joseph, Aston
  • St. Joseph, Collingdale
  • St. Katharine Drexel, Chester
  • St. Katharine of Siena, Wayne
  • St. Kevin, Springfield
  • St. Laurence, Highland Park
  • St. Louis, Yeadon
  • St. Madeline, Ridley Park
  • St. Margaret Mary Alacoque, Essington
  • St. Mary Magdalen, Media
  • Nativity B.V.M., Media
  • Notre Dame de Lourdes, Swarthmore
  • Our Lady of Charity, Brookhaven
  • Our Lady of Fatima, Secane
  • Our Lady of Peace, Milmont Park
  • Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Morton
  • St. Philomena, Lansdowne
  • St. Pius X, Broomall
  • St. Rose of Lima, Eddystone
  • Sacred Heart (Polish), Clifton Heights
  • Sacred Heart, Manoa
  • St. Thomas of Villanova, Villanova
  • St. Thomas the Apostle, Chester Heights

Montgomery County

Regional Vicar:[8] Rev. Msgr. Michael T. McCulken

  • St. Albert the Great, Huntingdon Valley
  • St. Aloysius, Pottstown
  • St. Alphonsus, Maple Glen
  • St. Anthony of Padua, Ambler
  • St. Augustine, Bridgeport
  • Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, Limerick
  • St. Catherine of Siena, Horsham
  • St. Colman, Ardmore
  • Corpus Christi, Upper Gwynedd
  • SS. Cosmas and Damian (Italian), Conshohocken
  • St. David, Willow Grove
  • St. Eleanor, Collegeville
  • Epiphany of Our Lord, Plymouth Meeting
  • St. Francis of Assisi, Norristown
  • St. Gabriel of the Sorrowful Mother, Stowe
  • St. Genevieve, Flourtown
  • St. Gertrude, West Conshohocken
  • St. Helena, Blue Bell
  • St. Hilary of Poitiers, Rydal
  • Holy Martyrs, Oreland
  • Holy Saviour (Italian), Norristown
  • Immaculate Conception B.V.M, Jenkintown
  • St. James, Elkins Park
  • St. John Baptist Vianney, Gladwyne
  • St. John of the Cross, Roslyn
  • St. Joseph, Ambler
  • St. Joseph, Cheltenham
  • St. Justin Martyr, Narberth
  • St. Luke the Evangelist, Glenside
  • St. Margaret, Narberth
  • St. Maria Goretti, Hatfield
  • St. Mary, Conshohocken
  • St. Mary, Schwenksville
  • Mary, Mother of the Redeemer, North Wales
  • St. Matthew, Conshohocken
  • St. Matthias, Bala Cynwyd
  • Mother of Divine Providence, King of Prussia
  • Our Lady Help of Christians, Abington
  • Our Lady of Mount Carmel (Italian), Bridgeport
  • Our Mother of Good Counsel, Bryn Mawr
  • St. Patrick, Norristown
  • St. Paul, Norristown
  • St. Philip Neri, Pennsburg
  • St. Philip Neri, Lafayette Hill
  • Presentation B.V.M., Cheltenham
  • Presentation B.V.M., Wynnewood
  • Queen of Peace, Ardsley
  • St. Rose of Lima, North Wales
  • Sacred Heart, Royersford
  • Sacred Heart (Polish), Swedesburg
  • St. Stanislaus, Lansdale
  • St. Teresa of Avila, Norristown
  • St. Titus, East Norriton
  • Visitation B.V.M., Trooper

Educational institutions

Elementary schools

The first Catholic school established in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia was at St. Mary Parish in Philadelphia during the late eighteenth century. During the nineteenth century, Bishop Kenrick encouraged the establishment of Catholic schools. Subsequently, St. John Neumann (1851–1860) made the establishment of parish elementary schools a priority and by 1860 there were seventeen parish elementary schools in Philadelphia. Between 1900 to 1930, Catholic elementary schools increased to 124 schools in Philadelphia and 78 schools in the four suburban counties. Between 1945 to 1965, 62 new Catholic elementary schools were established.

Special Needs schools

With the foundation of Archbishop Ryan School for Children with Deafness in 1912, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia embarked on a proud history of serving families of children with special needs. In 1951, John Cardinal O'Hara responded to the requests of hundreds of parents who sought education, and particularly education in the faith, for their children with mental retardation. As a result, St. Katherine Day School and Our Lady of Confidence School were opened in 1953 and 1954 respectively, and again in response to parent petition, St. Lucy Day School for Children with Visual Impairment was founded in 1955. Queen of the Universe Day Center was added in 1980 to serve students with mental retardation in Bucks County. These five schools of special education have been generously supported by the Catholic Charities Appeal.

High schools within the archdiocese

Diocesan high schools

Leadership within the Archdiocese of Philadelphia envisioned a continued comprehensive education for secondary students.

The first free Catholic high school in the United States was the "Roman Catholic High School of Philadelphia", founded for the education of boys in 1890. (It is often referred to as "Roman Catholic", occasionally as "Catholic High", and most commonly as "Roman".) The "Catholic Girls High School" was founded in 1912. Mary McMichan, one of the school's founders, requested in her last will that the school be renamed in honor of her brother. The school became "John W. Hallahan Catholic Girls High School" after her death. Both schools are still in existence.

Between 1916 and 1927 West Catholic Boys and Girls and Northeast Catholic were opened. Despite the economic hardships of the 1930s and 1940s, seven more diocesan high schools were founded. During a 22-year growth period from 1945 to 1967, fifteen high schools were opened.

Philadelphia North high schools
Philadelphia South high schools
Bucks County high schools
Chester County high schools
Delaware County high schools
Montgomery County high schools

Private high schools

Though not funded or operated by the archdiocese, the following independent schools operate with the blessing and spiritual support of the archdiocese:

Colleges and universities within the archdiocese

Note: Each Roman Catholic college and university within the archdiocese is affiliated with a religious order, rather than the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.


  • St. Charles Borromeo Seminary

Saints of Philadelphia

  • St. Frances Xavier Cabrini, for whom the suburban college is named and who visited on numerous occasions. She started an orphanage and an Italian national parish that still is functioning today, St. Donato's in West Philadelphia.
  • St. Katharine Drexel
  • St. John Nepomucene Neumann – A Redemptorist; became the fourth Bishop of Philadelphia (1852–60) and the first U.S. bishop to be canonized; as bishop of Philadelphia, he founded the first Catholic diocesan school system in the U.S.
Stages of canonization in the Catholic Church
  Servant of God   →   Venerable   →   Blessed   →   Saint  

Shrines of Philadelphia

See also



External links

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