All of us need mentors in our lives to live more fully the Christian life. One of the greatest preachers and teachers of the Faith in the history of the Church is the Apostle, Saint Paul. He continues to pass on the Word of God to us today in compelling and assuring ways to guide us as present day followers of Christ, especially in a time and society when this is increasingly unpopular and often very difficult. Learn from Saint Paul who can convinces us with the power of the Spirit (cf. 1 Cor. 2, 4).

Session One
Friday, January 12, 2018
The Letters to the Romans and to the Corinthians

Session Two
Friday, January 19, 2018
The Letters to the Galatians, Ephesians and Philippians

Session Three
Friday, January 26, 2018
The Letters to the Colossians and the Thessalonians

Session Four
Date: TBA
The Letters to Timothy, Titus and Philemon

Reverend Gerald Dennis Gill
ector and Pastor of the Cathedral Basilica

The Archdiocesan Pastoral Center, 222 North Seventeenth Street,
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania,
beginning at 7:30 PM

Note: the session on Jan. 5 was cancelled due to weather conditions.
PDF file: Saint Paul Series 2018 


The Parish Pastoral Council at the Cathedral Parish was formed on May 16, 1993. As of November 22, 2016, the membership of this Council has been updated, in accord with the revised norms published by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia on February 5, 2005. The new membership was confirmed at the Parish Pastoral Council meeting on December 6, 2017.

Rector and Pastor Reverend Gerald Dennis Gill
Parochial Vicar Reverend Kenneth C. Brabazon
Parochial Vicar Reverend Louis J. Kolenkiewicz

Member of the Parish Finance Council Matthew Oberholzer
Permanent Deacon Epifanio DeJesus
Director or Parish Liturgical Music Charlene Angelini

Young Adult (2018) Sofia Trueax
(replacement for Richele Rainosek)
Single Adult (2018) Barbara Rensman
Married Couple (2020) Nicholas and Jessica Baker
Senior Adult (2020) Antonia Pugliese
Spanish Community (2019) Carmen DeJesus
Liturgical Ministry (2019) Philomena Stephen-King

Parish Religious Education Patricia Smith (2019)
Kyle Doolan (2019)
Mary Ann Leigh (2020)

Newly Appointed Members:
Nick and Jessica Baker

As my wife, Jessica, & I prepare to celebrate our second wedding anniversary in November & the arrival of our first child in January, we are reflecting on what the Cathedral means to us. We were married by Father Ken Brabazon right here at the Cathedral Basilica. Before coming into the Basilica, I was a parishioner at Saint Xavier‘s church in Fairmount, while my wife was part of the Methodist Church in New Jersey. Leading up to our wedding she felt a strong calling & decided to convert to Catholicism through the Adult Christian Initiation program here at the Cathedral. During that time, we also both became greeters at the Cathedral during the 9:30 AM Sunday Mass. After being presented with this opportunity we feel like it’s a great chance for us to give back to a church that has given so much to us. We would like to help not only the Archdiocese but other couples & members of the church become more involved. We both feel our roles as lead greeters give us a great platform for outreach & connection with others. As our family grows we hope to continue the great work already being done at the Cathedral & for our own personal journey of faith to grow along with that. Thank you so much for considering us for a position that can only enhance our dedication to the church and each other.



St. Charles Borromeo Seminary Appeal

For Today. For Tomorrow. For all of us

♦ For more information please click here to visit St. Charles Borromeo’s Webpage.
♦ Donate now, click here.

Dear Friends,

If asked, “What is the seminary?” most of the faithful in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia might respond by describing a physical place. But a seminary is not so much a physical place, as it is a spiritual mission where the work of education and formation meet. St. Charles Borromeo Seminary is where people called to serve Christ’s church acquire the education, skills and training they’ll need as effective disciples. Because it has been part of the Archdiocese for nearly 200 years, it’s easy to take our seminary for granted. But consider this: eight other U.S. dioceses, four religious communities and two international dioceses send their young men here to be formed as future priests.

To continue this source of service and tradition, I ask Catholics like you to be as generous as you can in supporting St. Charles Borromeo Seminary. St. Charles is crucial to the education not only of ordained priests and deacons who will serve us all, but also of the hundreds of lay and religious men and women in our graduate School of Theological Studies.

In the following pages are short profiles of some of the extraordinary people your kindness will benefit. I pray that you will come to understand that St. Charles Borromeo Seminary is, indeed: For today. For tomorrow. For all of us.

I encourage you to support your seminary, and know that you are always welcome to visit. May God bless you all.

Sincerely yours in Jesus Christ,

Most Reverend Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap.,
Archbishop of Philadelphia

Catholic Schoolhouse Chapter

Thursday mornings

Homeschool Group using The Catholic Schoolhouse program meets Thursday mornings from 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM at the Cathedral. For more information please contact directors Gina Rogers at 215-920-2640 or Eileen D’Angelo at


Gospel Reflections

During Advent and Lent a time of reflection is offered every Tuesday at 11:00 AM. At other times, we meet on the Last Tuesday of the month. For further information and to register, please call Sister Eleanor McCann, RSM at the Parish office at 215-561-1313 (Tuesday and Thursday) or email her at

The Sacrament of Reconciliation with a Missionary of Mercy

Please press here for details.

Around the Archdiocese – Upcoming Events

The Office for the New Evangelization of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia has an outstanding monthly newsletter with lots of information on relevant events and resources that will help you grow in your faith. To view the current issue, visit

Morning Scripture Reflection For Lawyers

Join other center city Lawyers for an hour to reflect on the Readings for the Following Sunday Mass every Wednesday from 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM. The hour allows for prayer together at the beginning and end of the session, the reading of the Lectionary texts for Sunday Mass, and reflection on these Readings. This reflection includes reactions to what is heard in the Scriptures, the discovery of new insights and facing the challenges in the Word of God.
Location: The Neumann Room, directly behind the Basilica.
For more information, contact Michael Broadhurst at

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Introducing the Official Custom Rosary for the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul. Our beautiful custom made rosary is handmade in Italy.

Click here for the order form and more information: Rosary order form

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