Papal Events Tickets are Available at the PARISH CENTER. Please call to reserve. These will be distributed in the order that requests are received. The number is limited. Parishioners are welcome to call.

Compliance Drive with New PA Standards Underway at St. Stanislaus for Parish Volunteers & Potential Volunteers

importantChanges in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s child protection laws have resulted in the need for ALL PARISH VOLUNTEERS and POTENTIAL VOLUNTEERS to satisfy State requirements in order to work with young people and be volunteers at St. Stanislaus. The task of making sure everyone meets the designated criteria begins this weekend, as the Governor has granted a “no fee” window  which closes on October 1, 2015.

If you currently volunteer for the parish IN ANY CAPACITY, please stop by the table in the parking lot after Masses today (or stop by the Parish Office on weekdays) and pick up a packet which contains forms, instructions for completion, and steps to take in order to make sure of State approval.  

No one can exercise a volunteer ministry in the name of St. Stanislaus Parish without the mandatory clearances successfully procured. This prohibition is effective  October 1st of this year. Please cooperate with us as we try not to disrupt any parish ministries as a result of these law changes.

Quality Communication

A commentary on the Sunday Scriptures by Fr. Thomas Roccia


Twenty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B – September 6, 2015

In the magnificent piece of biblical poetry in Isaiah 35:4-7 (today’s first reading) the prophet Isaiah announces the end of the Babylonian captivity.

The Exodus of God’s people from bondage in Egypt became a model for thinking about salvation and a symbol of the great pilgrimage of the human family towards God. The prophet Isaiah encountered a dispirited community of exiles. Isaiah responded by recalling the joyous memories of the Exodus from Egypt.

A second Exodus is in store, symbolized by the healing granted to the blind, the lame, and the mute, and new life to the dead. Delivered and saved by God, all peoples shall return to their own land by way of the desert, in a new exodus. Isaiah prophecies that there shall be one, pure road, and it will be called the way of holiness upon which the redeemed shall walk.

In the midst of the desert, streams will break forth. God’s saving power also embraces afflicted humans, healing every ill that comes upon people. Isaiah addressed specific afflictions that God would heal: “then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf unstopped; then the lame shall leap like a deer, and the tongue of the speechless sing for joy.”

Isaiah’s prediction of this abundant, new life underlies Mark’s understanding of Jesus’ cure of “a deaf man who had an impediment in his speech” (Mark 7:31-37]). Mark’s story of the healing of this hearing and speech impaired man invites us to consider some important points about sickness and suffering in the New Testament.

Sick people in the Bible are those who have fallen from an appropriate human state or condition of human integrity or wholeness. Jesus heals people by restoring them to a proper state: Those who are leprous are made clean, blind people see, mute persons speak, etc.

We have little information about how Jesus’ healings episodes were accomplished. Jesus did not perform miracles as someone waving a magic wand or clicking his fingers. The man cured by Jesus was deaf and dumb; he could not communicate with others, hear his voice and express his feelings and needs. The sigh uttered by Jesus at the moment of touching the ears of the deaf man tells us that he identified with people’s suffering; he participated deeply in their misfortune and made it his own burden.

“Ephphatha, Be opened!”

The early Church was so impressed by the healing miracle of the deaf man that it attached deep significance to it, incorporating the Lord’s action into the Baptismal Rite of new Christians. To this day, the minister of baptism puts his fingers into our ears and touches the tip of our tongue, repeating Jesus’ word: “Ephphatha, Be opened!” He has made both the deaf hear and the dumb speak.

We learn by hearing and listening

Sight deals with things, while hearing deals with human beings. Sight has to do with science, with observation, with objectivity. Hearing has to do with personal relationships, with subjectivity. When I use my eyes to look at people or things, I am in complete control of the information that comes to me, for I can shut my eyes when I wish. When I am reading the words of scripture by myself, I can close my eyes and stop reading. But the ear is unlike the eye. I cannot shut my ear. The only way I can stop the sound is to leave the room!

We learn about other people by hearing and listening to what they have to say. Language reveals the inside of another person, something sight can never do. If we want to learn about God, we must listen to His Word with all our heart, all our soul and all our mind.

Looking at Him, if it were possible, would not tell us anything. After all, Satan appeared as an angel of light, while God appeared as the broken, mangled body of a young man dying on a cross. Who would have believed this without eyes and ears of faith?

When we read the Bible, do we “hear” what it says? The Bible does not tell us to read the Word of God but to hear it, to listen to it. That is the great Jewish prayer: “Shema, Israel,” “Hear, O Israel.” Someone else must read the Word so that I may hear it and truly understand it.

Biblical faith cannot be individualistic but must be communal. Speaking and hearing involve mutual submission. Mutual respect and submission is the essence of community, and the only way I can get away from hearing is to leave the room, to leave the community and go off by myself. Sadly this is the case for many who have left the Church community and claim to have found freedom, autonomy, and truth in solitude, away from the community of faith!

What they have found is not solitude, but loneliness, selfishness and rugged individualism. Authentic hearing and listening involve submission to authority and membership in community.

Physical and spiritual deafness

The healing stories reflect Jesus’ intimate, powerful relationship with God and his great compassion. He healed with words, touch and physical means. Physical deafness and spiritual deafness are alike; Jesus confronted one type in the man born deaf, the other type in the Pharisees and others who were unreceptive of his message. Jesus was concerned not only with physical infirmity but also spiritual impairment and moral deafness.

Our contemporary world has grown deaf to the words of Jesus, but it is not a physical deafness, it is a spiritual deafness caused by sin. We have become so used to sin that we take it as normal and we have become deafened and blinded to Jesus and his daily call to us.

If deafness and dumbness consist in the inability to communicate plainly with one’s neighbor or to have good relationships, then we must acknowledge that each of us is in some way impaired in our hearing and speech. What decides the quality of our communication, hearing and speech is not simply to speak or not to speak or hear, but to do so or not to do so out of love.

We are blind and deaf when we show favoritism or discrimination because of the status and wealth of other people (see James 2:1-5). We fail to recall that divine favor consists in God’s election and promises (James 2:5).

We are deaf when we do not hear the cry for help raised to us and we prefer to put indifference between our neighbor and ourselves. In doing so we oppress the poor and blaspheme the name of Christ (James 2:6-7).

Parents are deaf when they do not understand that certain dysfunctional behaviors of their children betray deep-seated cries for attention and love.

We are deaf when turn inward and close ourselves to the world because of selfishness, pride, resentment, anger, jealousy and our inability to forgive others.

We are deaf when we refuse to recognize those who suffer in the world around us, and do not acknowledge glaring situations of inequality, injustice, poverty and the devastation of war.

We are deaf when we refuse to hear the cry of the unborn, of those whose lives are in danger because they are elderly, handicapped, and chronically ill, while others wish to end their lives out of misguided mercy.

Beethoven’s deafness

The German composer and virtuoso pianist Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827) was one of the most loved composers of all time. What I never knew until recently was that Beethoven started losing his hearing at the age of 28. The deafness gave Beethoven insights into that which existed beyond that which could be seen and heard.

Beethoven was aware of the oneness of music with God from a very early age. And he was conscious of this while composing his music. “Ever since my childhood my heart and soul have been imbued with the tender feeling of goodwill. And I have always been inclined to accomplish great things.” In many of his letters Beethoven expresses his desire to serve God and humanity with his music. “Almighty God, you see into my heart … and you know it’s filled with loved for humanity and a desire to do good.”

Beethoven’s life is a paradox. On one hand, his solitary life was burdened by his deafness and on the other his spiritual insights flashed through his music. Many a times his deafness drove him to the edge and he cursed it. Yet, he also accepted it. It may have been out of frustration, but there was an acceptance of the divine will.

Today may the words Jesus spoke over the deaf man be addressed once again to each of us: “Ephphatha, be opened!” May our ears, eyes and hearts be opened to the Gospel!

[The readings for the 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time are: Isaiah 35:4-7a; James 2:1-5; and Mark 7:31-37]

I invite all of the institutions of the world, the Church, each of us, as one single hu
man family, to give a voice to all of those who suffer silently from hunger, so that this voice becomes a roar which can shake the world.
Pope Francis, 12/9/13
You Are Invited!
Sign up for the Helping Hands Service Event 
at World Meeting of Families – Philadelphia 2015
Dear World Meeting of Families Attendee,
Roll-up Your Sleeves and Put on Your Hair Net at the Only Hands-on Service Event at World Meeting of Families – Philadelphia 2015!
During the conference, participants in the
Helping Hands event will package 200,000 meals to send to families in need of our help in West Africa. This is a fun event that fights hunger and energizes and educates participants about ending global poverty. All ages are welcome! Package meals with your family or with a group. Helping Hands is a partnership between Catholic Relief Services and Stop Hunger Now, two organizations dedicated to helping individuals and families around the world to THRIVE.
This amazing program allows you to give the gift of your service, one hour at a time.  There are ONLY 7 shifts open during the conference and space is limited so sign up for your slot(s) today!  The first 500 registrants will be entered in a drawing to receive a beautiful fair trade gift basket from Catholic Relief Services.  This basket contains fair trade items from around the world and will be shipped directly to your home.
Don’t miss an opportunity to answer Pope Francis’ call to serve as one human family!  During the week you and your family or group can stand side by side and package meals for our brothers and sisters in Burkina Faso, West Africa.



Encyclical “Lauto Sii’ on the Care of our Common Home. View a Summary here.

Pope Francis’ encyclical on the environment, “Laudato Sii” (Praised Be), a line from St. Francis of Assisi’s “Canticle of Creatures,” was released June 18, the Vatican press office announced. “Laudato sii” is the introductory phrase to eight verses of St. Francis of Assisi’s famous prayer thanking God for the gifts of creation.
“Praised be you, my Lord, with all your creatures, especially Sir Brother Sun, who is the day, and through whom you give us light,” one of the first lines says.
The prayer also praises God for the gifts of “Sister Moon,” “Brother Wind,” “Sister Water,” “Brother Fire” and “Sister Mother Earth.

5 things to know about Pope Francis’ visit to Philly


Pope Francis attends the Ordinary Public Consistory at St. Peter's Basilica on February 14, 2015 in Vatican City, Vatican. (Photo by Franco Origlia/Getty Images)

Pope Francis’ two-day stop in Philadelphia may garner more attention in the city than the signing of the Declaration of Independence.

It seems the city is preparing for more than just a visit — it’s more like an invasion. The budget is $45 million, according to Fox News. And Mayor Michael Nutter told Vatican Radio that he anticipates approximately 1-1.5 million people, which is double the city’s population.

“We’re ready,” he said.

The papal visit comes as part of the World Meeting of Families, an event started by Saint John Paul II in 1994 to “strengthen the sacred bond of families across the globe,” according to its website. It will be held at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Center City from Sept. 22-27, 2015. The Holy Father will arrive at the end of the week — Sept. 26-27 — for the closing event: the Festival of Families.

This is projected to be one of the largest events in the city in the original capital of the U.S. If you are planning on attending the event, here are a few things you need to know:

1. You’re going to be doing a lot of walking.

If you work in South Philadelphia and usually take the train there, forget about it. Philadelphia Magazine reported that SEPTA, Philadelphia’s public transportation system, will be “drastically modified” on Sept. 26 and 27.

SEPTA Service Map (subject to change) (Photo courtesy of SEPTA)

Thirty one of SEPTA’s 282 subway, Regional Rail and light rail stations will be in service that weekend. You’ll need a special $10 pass to ride the Regional Rail straight from the ‘burbs to Center City. Passes are limited and only sold in advance. Regular passes and tokens are still good for the subway, trolley and buses. The bus system will be running on a weekday schedule, meaning buses will run a little more frequently. Bottom line: Don’t drive, wear your tennis shoes and look up the bus schedule. For more information, visit SEPTA’s website.

2. There may be drama.

According to NPR, Philadelphia auxiliary bishop John McIntyre said a University of Notre Dame staff member will discuss his sexual orientation at a panel discussion on Sept. 24 before the open-air mass.

“We hope that everyone feels welcome to come, and certainly people who have experienced same-sex attraction are certainly welcome like anybody else,” Archbishop Charles Chaput told NPR. But he added: “We don’t want to provide a platform at the meeting for people to lobby for positions contrary to the life of our church.”

3. Now is your time to go camping in the city.

Philadelphia prohibits camping in any of its parks. But in light of the big guy’s visit, that’s might change. The city may decide to allow camping in its parks, save for federally controlled areas like Independence Park. No final decision has been made, so don’t start packing your tent quite yet.

4. There’s a Pope-themed bar crawl.

Yes, you read that right. On the morning of the Pope’s arrival, there will be a bar crawl following his city-wide tour. More than 4,000 people have RSVP’d to the Facebook event. Shirts are being made for the crawl through a Gofundme page and all proceeds benefit Philabundance, the area’s largest hunger relief organization.

“The scandal that millions of people suffer from hunger must not paralyze us, but push each and every one of us to act; singles, families, communities, institutions, governments, to eliminate this injustice,” Pope Francis said in a speech at St. Peter’s Square in December 2013.

The organizer of the event, Matt Stehman, posted on Facebook that the “event was not intended to poke fun at the Catholic Church, the pope or any of their followers. This event was created to celebrate the arrival of a world leader who, in my opinion, is a great role model for all of humanity, regardless of religion.”

5. Think twice about where to stay.

Hotels have been booked for months and rumors have been flying about the rush of demand for housing. People hoping to rent their homes in the city for a big chunk of change seem to be disappointed.

In January, Brent Rovner created Popedelphia.com, a hub for information on the Pope’s itinerary and listings for homeowners and interested visitors. Newsworks reported that the city legalized short-term home rentals with taxes like hotel rooms, with some rentals hitting $16,000. But many of these homeowners are not seeing any takers. The problem is the World Meeting of Families is offering cheaper options like a host program — sometimes with free lodging — according to Newsworks. The demand, some are saying, might not be there.

Still, the preparations surrounding the papal visit in Philly continues to grow with time. By September, the city’s population will double and the Pope will be in Philly, bringing all of the commotion to a head.

Emily Rolen is a student at Temple University and a summer 2015 USA TODAY Collegiate Correspondent.


Pope Francis’ Itinerary for Historic Visit to Philadelphia Officially Released by the Vatican

In addition to the Festival of Families and Papal Mass, the Holy Father will deliver an address at Independence Hall and visit inmates at Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility among other activities as part of an expansive two-day visit

Philadelphia, PA (June 30, 2015) –Today, the Vatican released the comprehensive itinerary for Pope Francis’ journey to the United States, including his schedule for Philadelphia on September 26-27, which will close the 6-day Apostolic Journey. Confirmed by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and the World Meeting of Families – Philadelphia 2015, Pope Francis will take part in eight public (8) events in the City of Brotherly Love and sisterly Affection, in addition to his arrival at/departure from Atlantic Aviation.

The following reflects the chronological order of confirmed Papal events for Philadelphia.

Saturday, September 26


Private Arrival: Atlantic Aviation

The Cathedral Mass with Pope Francis: The Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul


Greeting of the Holy Father by the Seminarians of Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary:

Exterior Front Steps of Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary

“We Hold These Truths… :” Independence Hall (Outdoor; Overlooking Independence Mall)

o Address by Pope Francis (Expected Themes: Religious Liberty and Immigration)


The Festival of Families: The Benjamin Franklin Parkway

Sunday, September 27


Address to Cardinals + Bishops attending World Meeting of Families – Philadelphia 2015:

Saint Martin’s Chapel at Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary

Visit with Prisoners and Select Families:

Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility


The Papal Mass: The Benjamin Franklin Parkway (Projected: 4 p.m. EST)


A Celebration of World Meeting of Families – Philadelphia 2015 Supporters + Volunteers:

Atlantic Aviation

Official Departure Ceremony: Atlantic Aviation

Decisions regarding which events will require passes are still to be determined. The Festival of Families (Saturday,

September 26) and the Papal Mass (Sunday, September 27) on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway are open to the public.

“Pope Francis’ plans for his visit to Philadelphia seamlessly integrate powerful public moments with more intimate gatherings that are deeply grace filled,” said Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M., Cap. “It is an itinerary that says, ‘I walk with you – and so does the Lord.’ It says, ‘Embrace your faith and embrace one another as children of God.’ It says, ‘God forgives.’ And it says ‘Come together in celebration.’ The Holy Father’s planned itinerary is a true gift to all of us in the Philadelphia regardless of faith tradition. I am confident we will leave a positive and lasting impression upon Pope Francis and keep the spirit of his visit in our hearts as we seek constantly to build a better society. ”

The below provides a brief overview of the key sites selected for Papal events/moments in Philadelphia:

Atlantic Aviation

Atlantic Aviation is a fixed-base operator which has been granted the right by the Philadelphia International Airport to serve private, corporate and general aviation aircrafts on the airport’s premises. It is where Air Force One and Air Force Two land when the President and/or Vice President visit Philadelphia.

The Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul

Considered Pennsylvania’s largest cathedral, the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul serves as the mother church of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia as it houses the chair or “cathedra” of the Archbishop. Additionally, the Cathedral is the largest and most architecturally-eminent structure brownstone in the City of Philadelphia with its Roman-Corinthian style, majestic facade, vaulted dome, eight (8) impressive side chapels and main sanctuary. It was designed by Napoleon LeBrun, known for his work on the Philadelphia Academy of Music, and John Notman, designer of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Philadelphia. Modeled after the Lombard Church of Saint Charles (San Carlo al Corso) in Rome, the cathedral is central to the history of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. The great dome is a recognizable sign of this religious landmark among the many civic ones on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Completed in 1864, the Cathedral Basilica seats approximately 1,500 people.

Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary

Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary, established in 1832 by Philadelphia’s third Bishop, is the oldest Catholic institution of higher learning in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. It has served as a leading institution in the formation of Catholic men for the Priesthood in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and dioceses throughout the country for more than 180 years. As a center of enrichment for the larger Church community, Saint Charles provides ongoing academic and pastoral programs to priests, deacons, religious and lay men and women through the School of Diaconal Studies and the Graduate School of Theology. Past dignitary visitors include four future Popes: Pius XII as Cardinal Pacelli, Paul VI as Cardinal Montini, John Paul II, twice as Cardinal Wojtyla and a third time as Pope, and Benedict XVI as Cardinal Ratzinger. Additional visitors who have received honorary degrees at Saint Charles include Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta, Mother Angelica, and Avery Cardinal Dulles.

Independence Hall

Independence Hall is the centerpiece of Independence National Historic Park in Center City Philadelphia. The United States of America was born within the walls of Independence Hall, as it is the location where the Declaration of Independence was adopted on July 4, 1776. In 1787, the Constitution of the United States, which forms the framework for our government, was signed in the very same building. Independence Hall is a fundamental icon of United States history. It is the home of America’s universal principles of human dignity, religious freedom and democracy.

The Benjamin Franklin Parkway

Inspired by Paris’ Avenue des Champs-Élysées, the Benjamin Franklin Parkway is a breathtaking  boulevard that runs through the cultural heart of Philadelphia. Stretching from City Hall to the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Benjamin Franklin Parkway is a scenic, tree-lined boulevard flanked by some of Philadelphia’s most acclaimed tourist destinations, leading the way to a cultural mecca of world-class museums and educational institutions. The Parkway also provides access to Fairmount Park, consisting of 63 parks across 9,200 acres. Fountains, small parks, statues and monuments all give the Parkway its own special characteristic, unique to the City of Brotherly Love.

The Chapel of Saint Martin of Tours at Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary

The facade of Saint Martin’s Chapel is modeled after the Church of Santa Maria della Pace in Rome. The spiritual home of the College Division since its opening in 1928, Saint Martin’s features a four-manual Moller pipe organ with over 2,500 pipes. It was donated by Albert Greenfield, a prominent Philadelphian and friend of Cardinal Dennis Dougherty. Behind the altar are paintings depicting the life of Saint Martin of Tours, the 4th-century Roman soldier-turned-bishop. Pope John Paul II, during his visit to Philadelphia in 1979, met with the seminarians of Saint Charles in Saint Martin’s Chapel.

Curran-Fromhold Correctional Center

Opening in 1995, Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility (CFCF) is the largest Philadelphia Prison System facility. The prison was named in honor of Warden Patrick Curran and Deputy Warden Robert Fromhold, who were killed at Philadelphia’s Holmesburg prison in the line of duty in 1973. The 25-acre prison consists of four (4) housing buildings and processes nearly 30,000 males annually.

We are exceptionally grateful for the Holy Father’s plans for Philadelphia as they are reflective of his pastoral priorities as well as Philadelphia’s identity as the birthplace of religious freedom and a city of neighborhoods built by diverse immigrant communities,” said Donna Crilley Farrell, Executive Director for the World Meeting of Families – Philadelphia 2015. “With his itinerary announced, we can now finalize our own planning knowing the places that Pope Francis wishes to visit and the themes upon which he wishes to touch. We have every confidence that this visit move us all in ways we cannot yet imagine.”








PHILADELPHIA (June 5, 2015) The Franklin Institute, the most-visited museum in Pennsylvania, has announced plans to host the exclusive East Coast destination of Vatican Splendors, beginning September 19. The exhibition, timed to take place during the historic Papal Visit (September 26-27) and the 2015 World Meeting of Families Congress in Philadelphia (September 22-25), explores the historical and cultural impact of the Vatican over the span of 2,000 years through significantly relevant objects straight from the Vatican in Rome, Italy. Every object in the exhibition tells its own story, together forming a great historical mosaic of the Vatican—and many of the artifacts have never before been on public view at the Vatican in Rome.

Highlights of the nearly 10,000 square-foot exhibition include artwork by Michelangelo, including signed documents and a rarely seen bas relief sculpture, and tools used in work on the Sistine Chapel and Basilica of Saint Peter’s; works by masters including Bernini and Guercino, artwork dating back to the first century, venerated remains (bone fragments) of Saints Peter and Paul, relics discovered at the tombs of Saints Peter and Paul, and historical objects from the modern and ancient basilicas of Saint Peter’s in Rome.

The exhibition is organized into 11 galleries that illustrate the evolution of the Church, with thematic areas highlighting important developments, people and events tied to the history of the Vatican, reflected in both important historical objects and artistic expression from different eras. The objects are presented in galleries and recreated environments designed to enhance the understanding of their historical and artistic significance. Visitors will feel transported to the Vatican, from the underground catacombs where the remains of Saint Peter were discovered to the magnificent papal chambers found above ground. From the sights and sounds of the grand Basilica to a touchable cast of Saint John Paul II’s hand, the exhibition is a multi-sensory experience.

“There could not be a more fitting exhibition to bring to Philadelphia this fall than Vatican Splendors,” explains Larry Dubinski, President and CEO of The Franklin Institute. “Hosting an exhibit of this caliber during such a momentous time for Philadelphia and the world is truly remarkable and for anyone participating in the World Meeting of Families or the Papal Visit and mass, Vatican Splendors will unquestionably add an unforgettable layer to that once-in-a-lifetime experience.”

The Franklin Institute is the only East Coast stop for the exhibition, the first of a two-city North American tour, after which the items will return to the Vatican, from which they cannot be absent for more than a year. The collection of priceless artifacts will be housed in the climate-controlled exhibit gallery in the Nicholas and Athena Karabots Pavilion at The Franklin Institute.

“What an extraordinary opportunity for all those who will be in Philadelphia for the World Meeting of Families and Pope Francis’ visit to experience Vatican Splendors at The Franklin Institute,” said Donna Crilley Farrell, Executive Director of the World Meeting of Families – Philadelphia 2015. “The exquisite art work, relics and artifacts that will travel here from Rome are a perfect complement to the events of the week, especially in providing families from across the region and around the world with a wonderful way to create memories during this special time in the City.”

Philadelphia Mayor Michael A. Nutter said, “Philadelphia is the big city for big events—and bigexhibitions, and there are few greater or more meaningful in content than Vatican Splendors. Having had the opportunity to personally experience the Vatican Museum in March 2014, I am thrilled to welcome to Philadelphia this exhibit, which features many of the same precious objects I saw in Vatican City. Making this exhibit open and available to the public immediately before we host the World Meeting of Families and Pope Francis is a wonderful way to prepare for that event and make it even more accessible to everyone.”

Vatican Splendors is organized and circulated in conjunction with the Congregazione per l’Evangelizzazione dei Popoli of the Vatican City State. Items in the collection—which include mosaics, frescoes, paintings by Renaissance masters, works by well-known sculptors, intricately embroidered silk vestments, precious objects from the Papal Mass, uniforms of the Papal Swiss Guard, historical maps and documents and relics are on loan from The Reverenda Fabbrica of Saint Peter, the Basilica of Saint Paul Outside-the-Walls, the Basilica of Saint Mary Major, the Vatican Library, the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, the Apostolic Floreria, the Papal Swiss Guard, the Vatican Museums, and private collections. The exhibition is produced by Evergreen Exhibitions

Vatican Splendors will be open Thursday through Saturday from 9:30am- 9pm, with last exhibit entry at 7:30pm; Sunday through Wednesday from 9:30am-5pm, with last exhibit entry at 3:30pm. Tickets are now on sale.


Vatican Splendors

September 19, 2015-February 15, 2016

Daytime Tickets (Includes General Admission to The Franklin Institute)

Adults $34.95; Children (ages 3-11) $28.95

Evening Tickets (5pm-close)

Adults: $22.95; Children (ages 3-11) $14.95

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WMOF-Philadelphia Congress Sessions, Speakers, and Speakers’ Biographies Announced

May 7, 2015

Dear Friends,

I am pleased to announce that the World Meeting of Families—Philadelphia 2015 Youth Congress content, along with registration information, is now available on the World Meeting of Families website! WMOF Congress attendees ages 6 through 17 can participate in a variety of different interactive programs. Young people who are over the age of 17 but still in high school may also be able to participate in the Youth Congress.

Different activities are offered for different age groups. These activities include “Praying with Paint,” “Sacramental Scavenger Hunt,” “Bowling with the Bishops,” “Trivia: Catechism Quest,” “St. Francis of Assisi,” and so much more.  There will also be a main stage with scheduled performances throughout the day. The Youth Congress will provide lessons on the Church’s teachings on the family in an interactive environment and all activities have a “catechesis connection,” drawing on the themes of the official Catechesis of the World Meeting of Families.

All of the activities included in the Youth Congress, as well as the required forms and information needed to participate, are available on our website at http://bit.ly/YouthCongress.

Keynote and breakout sessions for the Adult Congress, with descriptions and speaker biographies for each, are also now available on our website.

Learn about the dynamic, internationally known speakers who will present at the World Meeting of Families by visiting our Congress page, at http://bit.ly/WMOFCongress. Attached is a flyer highlighting the Congress and some of our celebrated speakers.

For more information about the World Meeting of Families—Philadelphia 2015, visit our website, worldmeeting2015.org or call 855-963-2015.

We hope to see you at the Pennsylvania Convention Center for this joyous event in September!


Dr. Mary Beth Yount

Director of Content & Programming

World Meeting of Families—Philadelphia 2015

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About World Meetings of Families

Beginning with 1994, The Year of the Family, the Pontifical Council for the Family has been responsible for organizing the World Meetings of Families in Rome (1994); Rio de Janeiro (1997); Rome (2000); Manila (2003); Valencia (2006); Mexico City (2009); Milan (2012); and now, Philadelphia (2015).  Since its inception by Saint John Paul II, the World Meeting of Families has sought to strengthen the sacred bonds of family across the globe.




Register To Hear These DYNAMIC SPEAKERS

Join our Adult Congress Speakers at the Pennsylvania Convention Center for practical tips on how to improve your family and strengthen your relationship with God. Our internationally-known and engaging speakers will deliver dynamic presentations unique to this event. Our speakers include: Father Robert Barron, Dr. Scott Hahn, Professor Helen Alvaré, and Dr. Greg and Mrs. Lisa Popcak. Interact with others about the joys and challenges in your life, while learning new strategies for a richer life!

Click here to view the World Meeting of Families – Philadelphia 2015

” Congress Flyer” 

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