The Keys & Sword Event

FRIDAY, JUNE 29, 2018
6:30 pm – 10:30 pm

Cocktail Reception, Dinner, Music and Entertainment
Black Tie Optional/Complimentary Parking at the Cathedral


The Keys & Sword Event is the annual fundraising effort of the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter & Paul, the Mother Church of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. This year our goal is three hundred thousand dollars with ten percent of our net income going to the Sacred Heart Free Cancer Home run by the Hawthorne Dominican Sisters in Philadelphia. The remainder of the proceeds will help support the parish and ministries of the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter & Paul.

There are various ways to support the Keys and Sword event:

Use the links below to register or make a donation electronically or through the mail.  

Online Registration

Individuals Seats, Tables, and Ad Registration
Sponsorships & Donations

Mail-in Registration

View/Print the Mail-in Form

Email: Mary Ann Leigh at

Keys and Sword History

The Keys and Sword Event began in 2008, as an award ceremony honoring Catholics who demonstrate outstanding fidelity to the Church and the Gospel. Previous recipients of the Keys and Sword Award include the Cathedral’s longest-tenured rector, Monsignor James J. Howard, Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey, Dr. Rosalie Mirenda, President of Neumann University, Saint Mother Teresa of Calcutta’s religious community, the Missionaries of Charity, and Mr. Robert Sims, a dedicated leader in the Archdiocese for many years. The 2017 recipient was the Saint Francis Inn in Kensington, which provides much needed meals and support within their community. The revitalization of the Keys and Sword Event offers the opportunity for parishioners and members of the Catholic community to enjoy an evening of cocktails, dinner, music and fellowship. The Keys and Sword Event aims to build community, to raise funds for a local Catholic charitable organization, and to provide for the financial needs of the Cathedral Parish.