The Catholic Historical Research Center of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia was dedicated in an open house and blessing ceremony led by Auxiliary Bishop Michael Fitzgerald on Thursday, Sept. 21. Commonly known as the Archives, its collection of Catholic historical artifacts and records was moved from its location in the basement of St. Martin’s Chapel at St. Charles Seminary last summer to the newly renovated building that formerly housed Our Lady of Ransom School, 6740 Roosevelt Boulevard in Northeast Philadelphia. Assembled from several collections of documents and artifacts over time, the new Archives now hold papers and effects from the American Catholic Historical Society (founded in 1884), the seminary (founded in 1832), the archdiocese’s records from 1808 and items from the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament including those of St. Katharine Drexel. Read more about the Archives here. (Photos by Sarah Webb)
Help keep Catholic media free, support CatholicPhilly.com
You may have noticed “pay walls” greeting you when you visit the websites of newspapers and magazines, both large and small. These mechanisms allow you to read a few articles for free before you’ve got to pay an annual fee if you want to see more.
You won’t find a pay wall on CatholicPhilly.com because we’re more than a news organization. We’re informing, inspiring and forming readers in the Catholic faith every day through the news, features and commentaries that we post on this site and share across social media.
It costs money to provide high-quality coverage of the local Catholic communities we primarily serve, while also distributing national and world news of interest to Catholics, plus the orthodox teachings of the Catholic faith.
Help us in this mission by making a single gift of $40, $50, $100, or more. Your gift will strengthen the fabric of our entire Catholic community.
Make your donation by check:
222 N. 17th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
or by credit card: