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





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

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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
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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.

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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
215-884-8575

email:  philomenausa@gmail.com