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~St. Therese of Lisieux
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Deepen Your Discipleship • Grow in Mission
Join Archbishop Pérez in his mission to create a culture of missionary disciples in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia! Subscribe to receive a weekly text from the Archbishop with one action step you can take that week to deepen your friendship with Jesus or grow in your mission to bring Jesus to others. It's a simple and great way to grow in your vocation as a missionary disciple! Full details can be found at the website below.
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Around the Archdiocese
Below you will find Catholic events being offered in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. If you would like to submit an event for inclusion in the newsletter, please email all pertinent information in the format used below to email@example.com by the 23rd of the month for consideration.
Monthly Rosary Walk with the Sisters of Life
(Next walk: Jan 7 at 10:30 AM)
Event: Rosary Procession
Join us in praying all four sets of mysteries of the rosary for the protection of life and for the healing of our culture. Alternating between two different locations, we meet one Saturday every month to walk through our city's streets, praying to Our Lady for Philadelphia and the world.
Meet at 10:30 AM at Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, Philadelphia (January 7, March 4 and May 13)
Meet at 10:30 AM at Visitation B.V.M., Kensington (December 3, February 4, and April 1)
Click here for the flyer
(please note revised dates)
Sunday, January 8, 2023 beginning with Holy Mass at 2 pm
Event: Epiphany Event of Prayer and Festivity with the Sisters of Life
In gratitude for your friendship, the Sisters of Life invite you and your family to join them for Holy Mass with a social to follow.
St. Rita Shrine, 1166 S. Broad Street, Philadelphia pa, 19146
Please email to RSVP at
View the flyer
Thursday, January 12, 12:00pm–1:30pm
Event: The Lost Women: Recovering the Other English Catholic Literary Revival
Join Collegium Institute for this special online Ars Vivendi Initiative event where we'll look to recover lost Catholic women writers, from Caryll Houselander to Sheila Kaye-Smith and Josephine Ward, and explore how the obscuring of women’s participation in the Catholic Literary Revival has distorted the movement’s intellectual legacy.
Learn more and register for Zoom link:
For more info:
Contact Emmie Brown at:
Select weekends, January-March, 2023
Event: Come and See Weekends for Men Discerning a Call to the Priesthood
Come & See Weekends offer men (high school age and above) who are discerning a call to the priesthood a chance to get away, meet other men on a similar journey, and find a place of quiet to listen to God speak. If you are discerning the priesthood, or know someone who is discerning, these are ideal opportunities to visit the seminary, to get to know the seminarians, to listen to great talks on discernment, and to spend time listening for God's voice. There is no cost to attend these weekends, which include a single room and all meals.
St. Charles Borromeo Seminary, Wynnewood, PA
or contact Fr. Friel at
Sunday, January 15, 2023 (Bucks County) & Sunday, January 29, 2023 (Chester County)
Arise! Evening of Adoration for Youth – Bucks and Chester Counties
Evening program: Doors open at 6:00 pm. The evening program begins at 6:30 pm with a welcome, catechesis on the Real Presence, music, and evening reflection. Exposition with confessions and Intercessory Prayer Teams starts at 7:10 pm. Adoration concludes at about 8:30 pm followed by social until 9:00 pm.
Arise! Evening of Adoration is open to teens in 8th through 12th grade. The group must be accompanied by an adult ministry leader or another adult.
Parents/Guardians may accompany their youth. They will be directed to the parent/guardian section.
Registrations are not required.
View Flyer Bucks County
View Flyer Chester County
Tuesday, January 17
- 12:30-1:20 p.m
(business meeting and speaker on Zoom)
Event: Serra Club Zoom Meeting
for their monthly meeting with an inspirational Catholic speaker.
"Evangelizing Among the Millennials, Bridgers, and Gen Zers: What’s on Their Minds, What’s Framing Their Faith Life”
Luke LeTourneau, OFS and Rob Longo, Mission Ambassadors
or visit the website,
(Zoom link sent to email list prior to the meeting and linked from website that morning.)
January 20th, 2023 - 6:30 AM-6:30 PM
March for Life Bus Trip
Preparations are under way for the 50th Annual March for Life--the first ever in a Post-Roe world! This will be a year of celebration for all involved in the Pro-Life Movement.
$30.00 for transportation;
Tickets must be purchased in advance. Mail payment to Holy Martyrs Pro-Life March, 120 Allison Road, Oreland, PA. 19075
Holy Martyrs Catholic Church parking lot, Oreland
Any questions call Chris Napiecek at 215.913.6410
January 20, 2023 – 7:30-10:30 AM right before the March for Life
We are at a critical moment in history that demands a new vision. The fall of Roe is not the end. Let’s renew our commitment to love. Let’s be agents of healing in a broken world. We need each other. LifeFest is a morning rally featuring dynamic speakers, music, Holy Mass, and more!
D.C. Entertainment and Sports Arena, Washington, D.C.
January 20, 2023
Event: March for Life
The March for Life is an inspiring, peaceful, vibrant, and joy-filled rally of women, men, young people, and children from all across the country. Every year, tens of thousands of pro-lifers converge on the National Mall and march on Capitol Hill. It’s the largest annual human rights demonstration in the world. But this is not just a protest… TOGETHER, WE GATHER TO CELEBRATE LIFE. We celebrate each and every life, from the moment of conception. We envision a world where every life is celebrated, valued, and protected.
: Washington, DC
To inquire about buses leaving from the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, contact the Office for Life and Family, 215-587-0500
Friday, January 20, 8:30am–5:00pm
Event: Criminal Justice Reform: Refusing to Return Evil for Evil
On Friday, January 20 Villanova University's Charles Widger School of Law will host the 17th Annual John F. Scarpa Conference on Law, Politics, and Culture, co-sponsored by Collegium Institute. Growing out of the work of the Catholic Criminal Justice Reform Network of the Lumen Christi Institute at the University of Chicago, this conference aims to energize and focus criminal justice reform efforts by engaging fundamental religious and moral commitments. Please note registration prior to the event is required.
John F. Scarpa Hall Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law 299 N. Spring Mill Road, Villanova, PA
Learn more and register:
Saturday, January 21st, 7 PM
Event: Theology on Tap: Is Lifelong Love Possible?
The Office for Ministry with Young Adults alongside Young Catholic Professionals (YCP) is hosting a Theology on Tap with the theme "Is Lifelong Love Possible?" Come join us for a lively panel conversation with a single person, a dating couple, and a married couple.
The Great American Pub, 123 Fayette Street, Conshohocken, PA
Advance registration required. Please register at:
Tuesday, January 24, 2023, 7:00PM – 8:30PM
Event: Love Never Fails(?)
Saint Paul’s letter to the Corinthians (13:8) may have you a bit confused if you have a loved one who struggles with addiction. Join us for an evening of reflection on this topic. The evening includes a presentation by AFIRE founder and Catholic Speaker, Dr. Nina Marie Corona. There will be time for Q&A, and we will conclude with a prayer service.
: Malvern Retreat House, Malvern, PA
January 24-26, 2023
Event: Priests for an Apostolic Age Conference
(For priests and deacons)
Priests for an Apostolic Age will draw hundreds of priests and deacons from both dioceses and religious orders throughout the country. You will hear from expert presenters, map-out your apostolic trajectories, connect in clergy small groups, and have time in silence and beautiful liturgies for prayer.
Gather in fellowship with other priests and deacons who share apostolic convictions and goals,
Learn how an outdated understanding of the parish may be holding you back from sending dozens of parishioners every year into fruitful mission in the world,
Gain deeper clarity around the vocation of the laity and the parish’s role in preparing them for mission in a post-Christian culture,
Learn how to leverage your influence as clergy to inspire and activate a movement of evangelization and personal apostolate in your community.
Click here for the event schedule
Hyatt Regency, Dallas, TX
Thursdays, January 26, February 9, March 23, April 20 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Event: Adoration and Meditation with Father Reuben Nuxoll, LC
Are you searching for peace, connection, order among chaos, join the Women of Regnum Christi Philadelphia for a quiet morning of prayer before the Blessed Sacrament.
St. Monica Catholic Church, 63 Main Avenue, Berwyn, PA
Contact Eileen McHugh at
Saturdays, Jan 28, Feb 18, Mar 18, Apr 15 and May 20 beginning at 6:30 PM
Event: The Source: Monthly Holy Hour with the Sisters of Life
Eucharistic Adoration with music begins with Exposition at 6:30pm and concludes with Benediction at 7:30pm. Come receive the Lord's mercy and healing. Confession is available. All are welcome to a social afterwards with light refreshments!
St. Malachy's Catholic Church, 1429 N. 11th St., Philadelphia, PA 19122
Click here for the flyer
Thursday, February 2, 2023
Feast of the Flame of Love
Please join us in celebrating the Flame of Love Feast Day, Candlemas Day, by first reciting the rosary at 6:00 pm, then a talk by Fr. Michael Davis at 7:00 pm and followed by Holy Mass at 8:00 pm, with Msgr. Ralph Chieffo, celebrant. Live Stream is also available:
St. Mary Madgalen Church, 2400 N. Providence Road, Media, PA 19063
View the flyer
Saturday, February 4, 2023 – 8:30 AM-2:30 PM
and Liturgical Music: A Necessary Connection
The presentations will demonstrate the
of the necessary connection between an artful and careful celebration of the Eucharist and liturgical music. This connection fosters authentic participation in the Mystery and gives renewed vigor to living the Gospel.
Empress Room, St. Helena Parish, Blue Bell
Click here for the flyer
February 10 - 12, 2023
Event: RETROUVAILLE: Rediscover the love in your marriage
Tens of thousands of couples have healed their marriages through Retrouvaille (pronounced Retro-vy).
Couples learn to build communication skills and to increase intimacy.
It provides help for marriage problems, difficulties or crises.
Family Life Center in Malvern, PA.
or to register, visit
or call 215-766-3944 or 800-470-2230. All inquiries are strictly confidential.
Thursday, February 16, 2023 – 7:00pm
Event: Walking with Purpose LIVE with Lisa Brenninkmeyer
Join us for Walking with Purpose LIVE with Founder and Chief Purpose Officer, Lisa Brennkmeyer as she shares her talk Strong Yet Tender: Building Resilience in an Age of Trauma. Are you tired of feeling untethered and overwhelmed? Most of our families are experiencing anxiety, woundedness, and stress. But that does not need to be your story. Come and see how, through God’s help, you can build resilience in an age of trauma. Every woman is welcome!
Lisa Brenninkmeyer, Founder and Chief Purpose Officer, Walking with Purpose
St. Joseph Parish, 340 Manor Ave, Downingtown, PA 19335
Registration is now open at:
Saturday, February 18, 2023
A Path of Hope - Retreat for Parents with Children with Disabilities
Bilingual retreat which will include sessions for adults and activities for youth. Bishop Bruce Lewandowski, C.Ss.R will be our guest retreat director. While there is
no cost to attend, we ask that you please register your family by February 10
or call 215-587-0500.
Holy Innocents Parish Hall, 1337 E. Hunting Park Avenue, Philadelphia 19124
Flyer Link Spanish
Flyer Link English
or go to
Tuesday, February 21, 7:00pm
Event: Collegium Institute Annual Newman Lecture: Reading Newman in the Third Reich, featuring Prof. Helena Tomko
Join Collegium Institute for our annual Newman Lecture, cosponsored by the Penn Newman Center. Dr. Helena Tomko, associate professor of Humanities at Villanova, will deliver her lecture, “Reading Newman in the Third Reich: Commemorating the 80th Anniversary of the White Rose Student Resistance” on Newman’s birthday.
: Penn Newman Center, 111 S. 38 St., Philadelphia, PA 19104
Learn more and register your interest:
Tuesdays, Feb 21 and 28, 2023 – 7:00-8:30 PM
Event: Book Study,
What Happens at Mass
Join Fr. Dennis Gill, Director of the Office for Divine Worship, as we seek to enter into the profound mystery of the Holy Mass and open ourselves to a better understanding of what is happening when we attend.
Neumann Room, Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, Philadelphia
Click here for the flyer
; Free parking available in the Cathedral lot; All are welcome Questions? Contact
Thursday, February 23, 2023 - 7:00 pm
Event: The Plague of Pornography - A Conversation Starter for Families
Join us as we explore the plague that pornography has caused in our homes, our families, our Church and our world as Jim exposes the truth of what pornography truly is, does and causes. Learn how to start those difficult conversations with those you love, including your spouse, children, co-workers and anyone who has been affected by this plague. Appropriate for children ages 12 and up.
, certified life coach, mentor and sex & pornography addiction recovery coach, committed Catholic, husband, father and grandfather.
St. Andrew the Apostle Church, Msgr. McGettigan Hall, 3500 School Lane, Drexel Hill, PA
No registration required; Questions? Nicky Verna, Director of the New Evangelization,
Saturday, March 4, 2023 8:30 am - 3:30 pm
Event- Man Up Philly 2023 Catholic Men's Spirituality Conference
Come and join your brothers from throughout the Archdiocese of Philadelphia for the 15th Annual Man Up Philly Men's Conference. Besides our dynamic speakers we will have prayer, Eucharistic Adoration, confessions, and a closing Mass with Archbishop Nelson Perez. Our theme this year is The Road to Emmaus- Finding Christ in the Breaking of the Bread. Begin Lent with this powerful day of reflection and brotherhood.
Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Archbishop of New York, James Wahlberg, Producer of Mother Teresa: No Greater Love, Deacon James Mahoney, permanent deacon at the Miraculous Medal Shrine, and Mark Forrest, internationally famous tenor
Cardinal O'Hara High School, 1701 S Sproul Road, Springfield (Delco)
$45 Early bird special until Dec 31, 2022; $60 Normal Registration; $25 Student Registration
Registration – Man Up Philly Conference
Thursday March 16 - Sunday, March 19, 2023
Event: Restore: A Women’s Healing Retreat
God longs for us to believe that we indeed are who He says we are: His beloved daughters, carefully created, infinitely loved and valued beyond measure. Through unique, facilitated healing encounters, we listen deeply for the Holy Spirit’s promptings as He reveals the memories, the moments, the circumstances that caused dis-integration within us. With Him, we will untwist distortions, renounce lies, expose the habitual ways we get stuck in anxiety, fear or overwhelm and, most importantly, open to Jesus’ Love, which is the true balm for our wounded hearts. Come…and let Him Restore you!
Father Stephen DeLacy and De Yarrison of You Are Made New Ministry
St. Mary of Providence Retreat Center in Elverson, PA
or email De at
Monday Evenings, 8PM
Event: Virtual World Mission Rosary
Join hundreds of people throughout the Archdiocese who have regularly been praying the ROSARY LIVE! United in this most powerful prayer, we ask for the miraculous intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary to hear our intentions and renew our Catholic faith as we pray in unity for our brothers and sisters in mission lands world-wide. On Mission Mondays, we pray the World Mission Rosary, created by Venerable Fulton Sheen, in which we offer each decade for one of five Mission areas, including the US.
Use this Zoom link to join each Monday:
Sponsored by the Pontifical Missions Societies (
Various dates throughout 2023
Event: Events for Developing Your Personal Relationship with Jesus
Our Lady of Mt. Carmel in Doylestown invites you to join them for powerful Christ-centered events that will help you know Jesus more fully and grow in your love for him. Events include Bible studies, The Chosen, Lenten faith formation, the OLMC Novena and more. See the flyer below for the list!
Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish, Doylestown, PA
Click here for the flyer
Second Thursdays from 7-8pm
Event: Praise and Worship – Adoration Night.
Saint Monica Church in Berwyn, PA.
Every Monday via Zoom, 6:30PM
Event: Monday Evening Prayers (Vespers)
All are invited to pray vespers with the AFIRE community (via Zoom) Monday evenings at 6:30pm (ET). This weekly 20-minute service includes inspiring music, images, and videos for reflection. It’s a peaceful way to start the week.
: Online via Zoom
Thursdays, 9 am to 5 pm
Event: Philly Adoration for Vocations
Held each Thursday between 9 am and 5 pm in Sacred Heart Chapel at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary, Catholics are invited to spend time before our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament praying for vocations and ask Him to bless His Church with many holy vocations. We encourage everyone to pray that those whom the Lord is calling will have the courage to respond to His invitation. To sign up for a day/time to pray, visit
. Specific details will be emailed to all adorers on the Wednesday before the scheduled prayer time.
: Sacred Heart Chapel, St. Charles Borromeo Seminary (100 E. Wynnewood Road, Wynnewood)
First Fridays-7:00 PM
Event: Healing Mass and Prayer Service
Join us for Mass, exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, praise and worship music and healing prayers.
National Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa, 654 Ferry Rd, Doylestown
Various dates in 2023
Event: Training Workshops for Extraordinary Ministers, Lectors and Altar Servers
The Eucharistic Revival is a grace-filled time for all of us to rediscover the beauty and reverence that we are called to demonstrate in our liturgical ministries. Our Archdiocesan
Office for Divine Worship
offers training workshop for liturgical ministers, including extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion, Lectors, Altar Servers and more. Please consider attending a workshop!
Various locations in the Archdiocese
March 12-17, 2023
Grief to Grace healing retreat
for sexual abuse survivors, Malvern
March 17-19, 20
Unbound Leadership Conference
July 29-August 7,
World Youth Day
September 30, 2023
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Archdiocesan Eucharistic Congress
Young Adult Groups & Events:
Hope in Christ: Spiritual Support for Addiction
Intercessory Teams for Priests
Nourish for Caregivers Support Groups
Archdiocesan Missionary of Mercy
Archbishop's Commission for Missionary Disciples
Institute for Christian Formation
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Pro-Life Pregnancy Care Resources
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