The first Philadelphia Catholic church was built in 1733. By 1790, the Catholic population increased from 40 to 8,000 people. Today, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia provides pastoral care for nearly 1.4 million Catholics in the region. That region includes the City and County of Philadelphia as well as surrounding suburban counties.
In addition to its administrative offices, it is composed of 217 parishes, 120 regional and parish Catholic elementary schools, 17 high schools, four schools of special education, and an extensive social services ministry.
The Archdiocese also features a seminary that educates and forms men for service in the Roman Catholic Priesthood. Through its central operation and various related entities, the Archdiocese employs approximately 13,000 people in the Philadelphia area.
Their mission is to commit themselves to inviting the human community to share their faith and mission, serve their communities, particularly the poor and needy, by generous acts of charity and by working together with all people of good will for justice and peace, and more. See the Archdiocese’s full mission statement by clicking here.