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

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.


Saint Joseph Relic Prayer Cards
Cards contain a Blessed Cloth
touched to the Relic of the Cloak of St. Joseph (Ex Pallio)


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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

Mass in honor of Saint Philomena followed by Devotional Prayers, including the Litany of St. Philomena and blessing with her First-Class Relic
Wednesday, August 12, 2020   8:30 am

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The Feast of the Birth of St. Philomena 2020

Friday, January 10, 2020

Holy Martyrs Catholic Church, Oreland, Pa
National Center of the Universal Archconfraternity of St. Philomena

Mass at 8:30 am followed by Devotions and Veneration of her Relic.

Reception to follow in the Hospitality Room on the lower level.
All are welcome!

Saint Philomena, Powerful with God, Pray for us!

Exposition of Sacred Relics

Pray in the presence of over 150 Sacred Relics

on the Solemnity of All Saints
Friday, November 1, 2019

Following Mass at 8:30 am until Mass at 6:00 pm

And All Souls Day, November 2nd

The relics will remain on display following Mass at 8:30 am until 10:30 am

Included in the exposition is a relic of the True Cross of our Lord, relics from Mount Calvary and the Birthplace of the Lord, the Cloak of St. Joseph, St. John the Baptist, St. Anthony of Padua, St. John of the Cross, St. John Neumann, St. Katharine Drexel, St. Teresa of Calcutta, St. John Paul II, Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati, St. Damian of Molokai, Sts. Louis & Zelie Martin, St. Therese, Venerable Fulton J. Sheen, Servant of God Fr. Walter Ciszek, and many others.

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Holy Martyrs Catholic Church
120 Allison Road
Oreland, Pennsylvania

Coffee and light snacks will be served in the Father Szal Conference Room
as well as a video presentation on Relics.

You are invited to bring a church or school group, please call to if you would like to arrange for a presentation.

Next Stop --- The Shrine of the Miraculous Medal
Central Association of the Miraculous Medal
475 E. Chelten Ave. Philadelphia, Pa
Monday, November 18, 2019

Resurrexit Sicut Dixit, Alleluia!

Easter 2019
From the Rector of the Sanctuary

Dear devotees of Saint Philomena and the beloved Family of St. Philomena in the world,

   It is the Easter Joy of Our Lord and I feel the duty to express to you my feeling and my gratitude.  

   Almost 36 years have passed since I made my first entry into the House of St. Philomena as Custodian of her Sacred Relics.

   In all these years we journey and walked together, we shared the wonderful adventure of the faith to our Lord and the great challenge of promoting the devotion of St. Philomena in the world.  

   We experienced the consolation of the Divine Providence of God who has never failed His support for the Sanctuary through the generosity of the devotees who are committed in making the Sanctuary live in the full tradition of history and profound spirituality.

   I am impressed by the disastrous event that hit the city of Paris and the whole France, the fire of the Cathedral of Notre-Dame-de-Paris. We pray to St. Philomena so that as soon as possible this Cathedral which is a symbol of Catholic in France and in all Europe soon can return to its old glory.

I felt your affection and your closeness in the period of my rehabilitation after the heart surgery that I underwent, when I had a moment of difficulties.

   My thoughts goes to the devotees who with their frequent visit make the spirituality of the Sanctuary refresh and to the pilgrimages who come from afar gratify the Sanctuary with so many beautiful figures of men and women who make their devotion to St. Philomena in family and in their professional life a sign of thanksgiving.

   The most gratifying consolation for me coming from my close collaborators , from the member of the Universal Archconfraternity of St. Philomena and from the Feast Committee of Our Lady of Grace, St. Philomena and St. Anthony who coordinate the various activities of the Sanctuary in our community. Special thanks to the Director of the Universal Archconfraternity, Mrs. Marie Burns for her effective collaboration and to the Sisters of the Congregation of the Daughters of Mary Mother of the Church Institute, Sr. Marichu. D.M.  and  Sr. Paz, D.M. and Giuseppe, secretary for the French language.

   We are aware of our limitation but together with you we are sure that we can now move forward in the work of promoting the devotion of St. Philomena trusting in her powerful strength and intercession so help us God of Our Lord Jesus Christ and the maternal care of our Blessed Virgin Mary.

   Dear Devotees, I wish you a Holy Easter and I remind you all with My Blessings of Saint Philomena.

The Rector,
Don Giovanni Braschi

US National Center Office

HOLY WEEK  2019 at the US National Center

Holy Thursday
Mass of the Lord’s Supper 7:00 pm
Adoration at the Repository until 10pm

Good Friday
Celebration of the Lord’s Passion   3:00 pm

Holy Saturday
Blessing of Easter Food
12:00 Noon in the Church

Easter Vigil
7:00 pm

Easter Sunday Masses
8:00 & 10:30 am

20 + C+M+B + 19

Blessings at Christmas!

"In the silence of the night a voice rings out." In the silence of the night a voice echoed across the fields near Bethlehem, linking the glory of God in heaven with the peace of men on earth. The same voice later spread out from the countryside around Bethlehem to more and more places throughout the world, and today it echoes in the silence of Christmas night in every continent of the world.
    The same voice has rung out for thousands of years
And in a special way this Christmas voice,   the voice of the CHRIST   MASS  , rings out in this place to which Christians come, like the Bethlehem shepherds long ago, to gather around the crib.
They come to this place that so clearly reminds us of the shelter in which God came into the world because he could not find a proper roof.
"In the silence of the night a voice rings out, 'Rise up, shepherds, God is being born.'" . . . "Run with all speed to Bethlehem."
        On December 24, 1969, these words began the Christmas Homily of a young priest, Father Karol Wojtyla, now Blessed Pope John Paul II

    Today, in an age when too often — like at that first Christmas —  God is denied a place on earth ---  we recall His coming among us — and we celebrate the dawn of our salvation.
 As We have found our way, once again, by way of various paths to the FEAST of Christmas.  

The Celebration of the Birthday of Saint Philomena
at the National Center of the Archconfraternity
Holy Martyrs Catholic Church, Oreland, Pennsylvania

Thursday, January 10, 2019
Mass at 8:30 am followed by Devotions
A reception will be held in the Father Szal Conference Room

The Feast of Saint Philomena
Saturday, August 11, 2018

at the National Center of the Universal Archconfraternity of St. Philomena
Holy Martyrs Catholic Church
120 Allison Rd., Oreland, Pa.

Mass at 8:30 am
followed by Novena Prayers
  and Veneration of the Relic
of St. Philomena.

The Rosary is prayed daily at 8:00 am

   A Reception will follow
in the Father Szal Conference Room.

Saint Philomena Sacramentals will be available.

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

Easter Message from Monsignor Giovanni Braschi 2018
My dearest friends and devotees,

With great pleasure I sincerely wish you a peaceful and Happy Easter. I have great esteem and can't praise you high enough for your hard work in promoting the devotion of Saint Philomena.

You are always in my prayers. I know from us all at the Sanctuary that we could never do all the work, without your love, prayers and contribution of donations. This gives me so much courage each day and most certainly give a great contribution for the Glory and Triumph of our "Princess in Heaven".

Remembering you all during the Easter Celebrations, I wish you all a joyful and serene Easter and I greet you with love and affection, imploring the benediction and protection of Saint Philomena upon all of you.

The Rector of the Sanctuary of Saint Philomena,
Don Giovanni Braschi

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

Message from Monsignor Giovanni Braschi on the Birthday Feast of Saint Philomena

Dear Devotees,

I give thanks and praise to Our Lord Jesus Christ that I can once again welcome a new year. What a beautiful way to do this with the celebration of the birthday of Saint Philomena. Because of the revelations of Sister Maria Luisa di Gesu, a simple holy nun, we celebrate Saint Philomena's birth on this day. Under the guidance of the sister's spiritual director, she wrote of the visions of Saint Philomena she had received, and it was revealed that the birthday of Saint Philomena was January 10th, as we read below:

On 21 December 1833, the Holy Office declared that there was nothing contrary to the Catholic faith in the revelations that Sister Maria Luisa di Ges (1799-1875), a Dominican tertiary from Naples, claimed to have received from the Saint herself.

"My dear sister, I am the daughter of a Grecian King and my mother was of royal blood too. However they did not have children therefore they prayed much and offered gifts to their false gods. There lived with our family a Roman doctor, whose name was Publius, who is now Saint in Heaven, though not a martyr. Touched by their desperation and grieved by the infertility of my poor mother, inspired by the Holy Ghost, he spoke to them of our Faith, and assured them that they would have children if they received holy Baptism.

His words were followed by the grace of God which enlightened their minds, and melted their hearts. They embraced Christianity and soon after, my mother gave birth to me on the 10th of January. I was named Lumena, because conceived and born in the Light of Faith, to which my parents had become greatly devoted. At my Baptism I was named Philomena, which means daughter of light, which describes the grace which enlightened my soul. Grace was also showered on those who wrote my book in Mugnano -also my sepulchral monument - they were not aware that in reality they were guided by God's Grace which inspired their minds like the ones who originally wrote on my tomb in Rome."

-Words of Saint Philomena to Mother Luisa di Gesu (August 1833)

It is not important if you chose to believe these visions of this holy servant of God or not, because this is the day we give thanks for the birth of Saint Philomena and her existence in our life and in the world. It is a wonderful start to our year and is quickly followed by the feast of the Patronage of Saint Philomena during which we have our very special blessing of the oil of Saint Philomena. This annually takes place the Sunday following the January 10th.

Let us begin our year celebrating that we have Saint Philomena, who is Powerful with God, in our life and we know with this simple fact that we can conquer anything! Her Sacred Body is kept here in her Sanctuary in this small northern Italian town of Mugnano del Cardinale, where the church of our Lady of Grace was waiting to welcome her. Having Saint Philomena in our life guides us on a straight route to Our Blessed Mother and Our Lord Jesus Christ.

January 10th, we commemorate the Birth of our dearest Patroness, Saint Philomena, Virgin, Martyr and Wonderworker.

07:30 Mass at the Altar of the Sacred Body of Saint Philomena17:00 Mass at High Altar before the external procession

After Mass the external celebration for St. Philomena begins. In a tradition more than fifty years old, the people of Mugnano de Cardinale cut a tree from the mountain behind the Sanctuary. A parade of locals drives to the Sanctuary with sections of the very large tree attached to their various vehicles - from farm tractors to utility vans to trucks. Some even drag their allotted portion of the huge tree with teams pulling with ropes. The crowd cheers them on as they turn the corner with their gift in honor of their beloved Saint. All the while fire crackers and other noisy booms are heard to acknowledge the day she first arrived in Mugnano del Cardinale over 200 years ago. On that day she was greeted with the sounds of church bells and large cannons. The city made as much noise as they could in their excitement, gratitude and pride of being the home of this great Saint. Surely their celebration awoke such love in St. Philomena's heart that she wanted to shower them with graces from God. And she has.

Saint Philomena, Pray for us!

Sending you a blessing from the altar of the Sacred Body of Saint Philomena,

Msgr. Giovanni Braschi

Rector of the Sanctuary

Custodian of the Sacred Body

President of the Universal Archconfraternity of Saint Philomena

Christmas Message from Monsignor Giovanni Braschi, Rector of the Shrine of St. Philomena, Mugnano del Cardinale, Italy

Dear devotees of Saint Philomena,

In this Christmas season, we prepare with joy for the coming Jésus Christ our Saviour.

In many realities today, this is not place for Christ, as like as it happened at the time of His birth. Many people think Christmas is the kingdom of children, a fantasy, forgetting that the Holy Christmas is the memorial of our salvation: "Christ, the son of God, become man to save men".

Pope Francis reflected on this and he said: "Christmas is the celebration of the presence of God who He came between us to save us". "The birth of Jesus is not a fable! This is the history of a real historical event, happened in Bethlehem over two thousand years ago. The faith allow us to recognize in Christ Child, through the Virgin Mary, the true Son of God, became man for our love".

This is our God who approach us "Through Christ Child, we contemplate the face of God, which doesn't show itself us through the force or the power, but through the weakness and the fragility of a newborn. This child shows the trust and the tenderness of the boundless love, the love with which God loves us all".

During this Holy season we go to the cave to venerate this newborn, together the shepherds and the Three Kings. The Advent preparation, our prayer and our penance, doesn't make us reach empty hands in front of Christ Child. We offer to the newborn King our virtues and our life.The Philomenian Family in the world, united for the Holy Christmas, trasform itself in messenger of peace for the powerful intercession of Christ Child, of Mary Mother of God and Saint Joseph.

May the Peace of Christ be always in your hearts and in your houses, may you can be united in the faith and in the love with the family and the friends, continue helping especially those who are most in need and the blessing that He promised can be part of your life forever.

In prayer union I bless you from the Sacred Altair of Saint Philomena.

Mons. Giovanni Braschi

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  

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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

Representatives of the Universal Archconfraternity of St. Philomena USA at the
East Coast Catholic Family Conference
in Trenton, New Jersey
sponsored by WFJS Radio and Domestic Church Media

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