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Old St. Joseph's Church

Old St. Joseph's Church Review

In 1733 a tiny chapel was established by Jesuits for Philadelphia's 11 Catholic families. It was one of the first places in the English-speaking colonies where Catholic mass could be legally celebrated, a right granted under William Penn's 1701 Charter of Privileges, which guaranteed religious freedom. But freedom didn't come easy; on one occasion Quakers had to patrol St. Joseph's to prevent a Protestant mob from disrupting the service. The present church, built in 1839, is the third on this site. The late-19th-century stained-glass windows are notable.

    Contact Information

  • Address: 321 Willings Alley, Society Hill, Philadelphia, PA 19106 | Map It
  • Phone: 215/923–1733
  • Cost: Free
  • Hours: Daily 9:30–4:00; mass Mon.–Sat. 12:05, Sat. 5:30, Sun. 7:30, 9:30, 11:30, 6:30
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  • Location: Society Hill
Updated: 05-19-2011

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