Archbishop Nelson J. Pérez released the following letter to the Jewish community in the Philadelphia region on the occasion of Yom Kippur, which begins Sunday evening, Sept. 27.


Archbishop Nelson J. Pérez

Dear Friends,

In the name of the clergy, religious, and lay faithful of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, I extend cordial greetings to our brothers and sisters of the Jewish faith tradition as you prepare for the solemn observance of Yom Kippur.

This holiest of times on your calendar calls for prayer and deep personal reflection before the Father. These themes resonate strongly with your Catholic sisters and brothers. They are also particularly relevant in this age of uncertainty as we struggle with an ongoing pandemic and societal unrest.

Life as we understand it has been severely challenging in recent times, but these difficulties shall pass. Together as a united human family, we are people whose hearts are grounded in faith and hope that our Heavenly Father has a plan for each of us.

May Yom Kippur bring you spiritual refreshment and a renewal of hope in your hearts.

Most Reverend Nelson J. Pérez
Archbishop of Philadelphia