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Catholic Heritage Day sponsored by the Indian American Catholic Association of Greater Philadelphia

The first-ever Indian Catholic Heritage Day, a spiritual and cultural event for Philadelphia’s growing community of Catholics who have migrated from India was celebrated on Saturday August 4, 2012 at St. Thomas Syro-Malabar Catholic Church in Northeast Philadelphia. This was the first-ever visit as a cardinal by Cardinal George Alencherry, the Major Archbishop of the India-based Syro-Malabar Church, and visit by Philadelphia’s Archbishop Charles Chaput and their own bishop, Syro-Malabar Bishop Mar Jacob Angadiath, the Syro-Malabar Bishop of Chicago which is the only diocese of that branch of Catholicism in the United States. The events started with a huge procession followed by liturgy. Plaques were given to families in the community after mass. The day ended with traditional Indian dances and a variety of entertainment programs.

Bishop Nelson Jesus Perez

On June 8, Pope Benedict XVI named the 51-year-old Philadelphia priest Nelson Jesus Perez an auxiliary bishop of Rockville Centre, where he will be ordained a bishop July 25 at 2 p.m.

Funeral Rites for Officer Brian J. Lorenzo

BRIAN J. Lorenzo a Highway Patrol Officer with the Philadelphia Police Department was tragically killed in the line of duty on July 8, 2012, at the age of 48. He is survived by his wife Linda, sons Brian J.II and Dominic, and his daughter Marissa. Brian is a parishioner at St. Christopher parish in the Somerton section of Philadelphia.

Brothers of Borromeo Vocations Conference and Quo Vadis Days Retreat

Young men from across the Archdiocese attended Brother of Borromeo Vocations Conference at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary on June 20 in Wynnewood and Quo Vadis Days Retreat at Malvern Retreat House from July 5-8. Photos by Kevin Cook and Sarah Webb

Archbishop Chaput receives pallium from Pope

Pope Benedict XVI presents a pallium to Philadelphia Archbishop Charles J. Chaput during a Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican June 29.

Corpus Christi Processions

Corpus Christi processions that took place across the Archdiocese.

Baseball and Softball State Playoffs

Neumann-Goretti's baseball team made it to the PIAA Class AAA state semifinals where they lost June 11 to the Lampeter-Strasburg Pioneers, 2-1. In softball, St. Hubert's made it to the PIAA Class AAAA state quarterfinals June 7 where Central Bucks South defeated the Bambies, 3-1.

Four Men Ordained Transitional Deacons and 13 Men Ordained Permanent Deacons for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia

17 Men Ordained Deacons

Ordination of Six New Priests

On May 19th six men were ordained priests at the Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter & Paul by Archbishop Charles Chaput.

Wedding Anniversary Mass

Couples from across the archdiocese come to the cathedral to celebrate their anniversaries.