Home of The National Center of the
Universal Archconfraternity of Saint Philomena
for the United States
Located at: 
Holy Martyrs Catholic Church
120 Allison Road, Oreland, Pennsylvania 19075
215-884-8575





Requiescat in Pace




Dear Devotees of Saint Philomena and friends of her Sanctuary,

It is with great sadness that we say goodbye to the greatest devotee of Saint Philomena in our time.

 
Monsignor Giovanni Braschi
October 24, 1943 - February 26, 2021

Rector of the Sanctuary of Saint Philomena
Custodian of the Sacred Body of Saint Philomena
President and Spiritual Director of the Universal Archconfraternity of Saint Philomena
 
Passed away suddenly on February 26th, 10:30 in the Sanctuary of Saint Philomena in the presence of loved ones. He was suffering from bronchitis over the past week which had worsened in the past day.  Today Our Lord called him home when his heart stopped.
 
Msgr. Braschi or as he was affectionately known, Don Giovanni, has always recounted that he wanted to take his last breath in the Sanctuary of Saint Philomena which had been his home for more than 37 years and he loved dearly.
 
He was the worldwide expert on everything related to Saint Philomena and was definitely the greatest devotee of Saint Philomena our time has known. He is now in the presence of Saint Philomena and is at peace.

 




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(Check your spam/junk mailbox if you are not seeing it.)
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Saint Joseph Relic Prayer Cards
Cards contain a Blessed Cloth
touched to the Relic of the Cloak of St. Joseph (Ex Pallio)

 THIRD CLASS RELIC

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Relic Cards are available in the Church at the National Center

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Prayer to Saint Joseph
composed by Pope Leo XIII

To you, O blessed Joseph,
do we come in our tribulation,
and having implored the help of your most holy Spouse,
we confidently invoke your patronage also.

Through that charity which bound you
to the Immaculate Virgin Mother of God
and through the paternal love
with which you embraced the Child Jesus,
we humbly beg you graciously to regard the inheritance
which Jesus Christ has purchased by his Blood,
and with your power and strength to aid us in our necessities.

O most watchful guardian of the Holy Family,
defend the chosen children of Jesus Christ;
O most loving father, ward off from us
every contagion of error and corrupting influence;
O our most mighty protector, be kind to us
and from heaven assist us
in our struggle with the power of darkness.

As once you rescued the Child Jesus from deadly peril,
so now protect God's Holy Church
from the snares of the enemy and from all adversity;
shield, too, each one of us by your constant protection,
so that, supported by your example and your aid,
we may be able to live piously, to die in holiness,
and to obtain eternal happiness in heaven.

Amen.


Year of St. Joseph Indulgences

Granted by the Holy See from December 8, 2020 to December 8, 2021


The PLENARY INDULGENCE is granted under the usual conditions (sacramental confession, Eucharistic communion and prayer according to the intentions of the Holy Father) to the faithful who, with a spirit detached from any sin, participate in the Year of Saint Joseph on the occasions and in the manner indicated by this Apostolic Penitentiary:

    

•        Meditate for at least 30 minutes on the Our Father
•        Participate in a spiritual retreat of at least one day that includes a meditation on Saint Joseph
•        Perform a corporal or spiritual work of mercy
•        Recite the Holy Rosary in families and between the husband and wife
•        Entrust their work daily to the protection of Saint Joseph and to all believers who invoke with their prayers the intercession of the worker of Nazareth
•        Pray the litany of Saint Joseph (for the Latin tradition), or the Akathistos to Saint Joseph, in its entirety or at least part of it (for the Byzantine tradition), or some other prayer to Saint Joseph, typical of the other liturgical traditions, for the persecuted Church and for the relief of all persecuted Christians
•        Pray any lawfully approved prayer or act of piety in honor of Saint Joseph, for example “To you oh blessed Joseph,” especially on:

        March 19th (Solemnity of St. Joseph)
        May 1st (Feast of St. Joseph the Worker)
        December 26th (Feast of the Holy Family)
        The Sunday of Saint Joseph (according to the Byzantine tradition)
        The 19th day of Every Month
        Every Wednesday (a day dedicated to the memory of the Saint according to the Latin tradition


The gift of Plenary Indulgence extends particularly to —
                    The Elderly,  The Sick,   The Dying,
      All those who for legitimate reasons cannot leave their home and who, with the spirit detached from any sin and with the intention of fulfilling, as soon as possible, the three usual conditions, in your own home or wherever the impediment holds you, pray an act of piety in honor of Saint Joseph, consolation of the sick and patron of good death, confidently offering God the pains and difficulties of his life.









Click on the link for the discussion of Saint Philomena on the Drew Mariani show, on Relevant Radio, on her Feast Day









Statue of Saint Philomena at Holy Martyrs Catholic Church
Donated to the National Center of the Archconfraternity
by a devotee from New York

Contact us at:
or call 215-884-8575





Alexander Kostner
Statue of Saint Philomena
in the Office of the National Director of the Archconfraternity   
gift of a devotee
Click on the picture for more information about the statue and the artist 


 To obtain the Blessed Oil , the Chaplet, and the Cord of St. Philomena
as well as other sacramentals
 click the Religious Goods Tab at the top of this page  

For more information contact the Parish Office -215-884-8575






Pilgrims visiting from Washington State.



MASS INTENTIONS 
may be scheduled at Holy Martyrs Roman Catholic Church
please contact the Church Office at 215-884-8575


VOTIVE CANDLES
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A Memorial Inscription will be placed on the candle for a period of one month for a minimum donation of $10.00
Please include desired inscription in the instructions section of the donation payment page.






The Statue of Saint Philomena at Holy Martyrs Church,the National Center of the Archconfraternity,
with the Second Class relic from her Shrine in Mugnano del Cardinale.


Statue of St. Philomena and Blessed Francis X. Seelos in the Church.
Blessed Francis Seelos worked at St. Philomena Church in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania
with Saint John N. Neumann, Fourth Bishop of Philadelphia.

First Class Relic of Saint Philomena at the National Center of the Universal Archconfraternity



Watch Sunday Night Prime on EWTN with Father Andrew Apostoli and Father Jason Kulczynski
The Saints Choose Us

Click on the picture above to watch Sunday Night Prime on EWTN with Father Andrew Apostoli and Father Jason Kulczynski, U.S. National Director of the Archconfraternity of St. Philomena, discussing Venerable Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen and St. Philomena.



Saint Philomena Accompanied by Angels
Original illustration by Matthew Alderman commissioned for the U.S. National Center of the
Universal Archconfraternity of Saint Philomena.

Click on the image above for more information on the print and the artist






http://www.philomena.us





Donations support the Shrine of Saint Philomena in Mugnano del Cardinale, Avellino Italy
and the efforts of the Archconfraternity in the United States.


Statue of Saint Philomena at the former location of the
U. S. National Center of the Universal Archconfraternity



“My children, St. Philomena has great power with God. Her virginity and generosity in embracing heroic martydom has rendered her so agreeable to God that He will never refuse anything that she asks for us.”

-St. John Vianney, the Curé of Ars





U.S. National Center of the Universal Archconfraternity of Saint Philomena
Holy Martyrs Catholic Church
120 Allison Road
Oreland, PA   19075
215-884-8575

email:  philomenausa@gmail.com