Thursday, May 25, 2017

Not Simply A Worthy Cause, But A Labor Of Love!

The Cathedral Parish of Philadelphia has revitalized the Keys and Sword Event, a fundraising effort of the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, which previously took place from 2008 to 2012. 

This year, a percentage of the proceeds will benefit Saint Francis Inn, a ministry to the poor and homeless located in Philadelphia’s Kensington neighborhood. The remainder of the proceeds will help support the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, the Mother Church of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, and its ministerial outreach to the community.

Friday, June 23, 2017
6:30 p.m. (Cocktails)
7:30 p.m. (Dinner)
The Logan Philadelphia Hotel
One Logan Square
Philadelphia, PA 19103

Tickets can be purchased by visiting: prior to June 1st. The event is black-tie optional and complimentary parking is available at the Cathedral.

For several years in the past, the Cathedral Parish acknowledged a member of the religious or civic community with the Keys and Sword Award, named after the symbols of Saints Peter and Paul. This award was established to recognize extraordinary commitment and selfless dedication in service to others. It acknowledged those whose actions reflect the Gospel values of faith, valor, selfless service, personal sacrifice and respect.

The Keys and Sword Award was first presented in 2008 to the Cathedral’s longest-tenured Rector, Monsignor James J. Howard. In 2009, the Cathedral recognized Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey. In 2010, in recognition of the universal observance of the Year of the Priest, the Award was presented to the Priests of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. Cardinal Justin Rigali, then Archbishop of Philadelphia, accepted the award on behalf of the Priests. 2011 marked the first time there were dual recipients of the Award, Dr. Rosalie Mirenda, President of Neumann University, and Mr. Robert Sims, dedicated leader within the Archdiocese for many years.

The 2012 recipients were the Missionaries of Charity, a religious congregation founded by Mother Teresa of Calcutta in 1950. The Missionaries of Charity have been active in the Philadelphia Archdiocese for many years with homes in Chester and Norristown. Mother Teresa was canonized a saint in September 2016 in Rome.

Now the focus is on groups within the Archdiocese who could benefit from our shared support.

Note: For more information on the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, please visit:

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