Archbishop Nelson J. Pérez

Archbishop Nelson J. Pérez sent a letter April 5 to the Jewish Community on the approach of Passover. This year, Passover begins Wednesday, April 5 at sunset and ends Thursday, April 13.


Dear Friends in the Jewish Faith Community,

Together with the people of the Catholic Church in Philadelphia, I send warm greetings as you celebrate the holy days of Passover!

This great feast commemorates the miracle of divine intervention in in an hour of darkness. It reminds us that the G-d will liberate us just as he liberated the Jews from Pharaoh’s enslavement, and that the pathway to true freedom is guided by the divine.

Borrowing the words of Pope Francis, “May the Almighty bless and accompany the journey of the beloved Jewish People. May the Most High allow us to grow ever more in friendship and to be witnesses of peace and harmony.”

Please know of my prayers that these Holy Days will bring you renewed hope, peace of heart, and many blessings.

Most Reverend Nelson J. Pérez, D.D.
Archbishop of Philadelphia