The church was built 1580-1600 in honor of Our Lady of Grace. Her statue is situated above the high altar and dates back to around 1750, the face of Our Lady and the Baby Jesus has never been restored. The ceiling of the church depicts the story of Our Lady, which has been restored in 1717 and again in 1995. The Sanctuary of St Philomena, Virgin Martyr and Wonder-worker, was following the translation of her sacred relics in 1805. From the very beginning the Sanctuary became a place of pilgrimage. Devotees of the Saint flocked to this shrine in order to pray before her relics. Wonders and miracles became the order of the day! Saints and Blessed, Kings and Queens, Princes and paupers came to invoke the great Wonder-Worker. St Philomena’s most illustrious pilgrim was Pope Blessed Pius IX, who celebrated the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass at her Altar on November 7, 1849. The Ven. Pauline Jaricot, founder of the Society for the Propagation of the Faith, came on pilgrimage in 1835 and was cured of a fatal illness while at the Shrine. A 30-year restoration program was begun by the present Rector, Msgr. Giovanni Braschi, the beautiful Sanctuary Church been sympathetically redecorated, a comfortable pilgrimage centre has also been created for the spiritual life of the Sanctuary. It is now able to provide accommodation for devotees who wish to spend some time at the feet of St Philomena
The construction of the Sanctuary of Saint Philomena or the church of Santa Maria delle Grazie was begun in 1617 and completed around 1630 thanks to funds raised from cutting the woods of Vallicelle.
The church was built in the shape of a Latin cross with a nave, an elegant dome, Renaissance style and an altar adorned with precious and rare marbles.
On the eastern side there was a bell tower 50 meters high that on top had a dome with a bronze ball topped with a flag and a cross. On 30th May 1673 the tower was struck by lightning and collapsed damaging the church. It was rebuilt in a manner faithful with the support of the population. In the mid-eighteen century two bell towers were inserted. The facade is covered with stucco of color yellow and flanked by two towers: one for the clock, the other for the bell. The architecture is neoclassical with Ionic and Corinthian capitals.
The church of Santa Maria delle Grazie in the early 1800s becomes the Sanctuary of Saint Philomena. The body of the Saint, found in Rome on 25th May 1802, was brought to Mugnano by the priest Don Francesco de Lucia on 10th August 1805. Don Francesco de Lucia was the first rector of the Sanctuary, who founded and extended the devotion of Saint Philomena in the kingdom of the Two Sicilies and across the ocean to the Americas.
Great personalities have visited the shrine by rich gifts: the Cardinal Ruffo-Cilla of Naples, Leone XII, Pope Gregory XVI, Pius IX who made a pilgrimage accompanied by King Ferdinand II on 7th November 1849, Pauline Jaricott (founder of the Pontifical Missionary Works) miracle by Saint Philomena in Mugnano on 10th August 1835, the Saint Cure of Ars, Maria Cristina of Savoy, wife of Ferdinand II of Bourbon, Leone XIII.
Among the devoted and promoters of the cult of St. Philomena popes there were Leone XII and Leone XVI after the miracle of Pauline Jaricott, which took place before the altar of St. Philomena on 10th August 1835, made the official cult of the saint in all the church; Leo XIII promulgator of the universal Archconfraternity of Saint Philomena, St. Pius X, a great devotee who enriched the Sanctuary of fine gifts. The nobility in memory of the sanctuary was constituted by the major principles ( churches , glass window, statues) in Europe.
Worldwide Operational Headquarters Universal Archconfraternity of Saint Philomena
Queenspark Business Centre
3 Barbreck Road
Glasgow G42 8PY
Opening Hours: Monday – Friday, 10am – 3pm
Please call in to find out more about Saint Philomena.
You can venerate her 1st Class Relic. Sign up for membership to the Universal Archconfraternity of St. Philomena. Sign up for our newsletters. Find out about our pilgrimages. Find out when and where there is a St Philomena day of prayer, novena circle or Holy Mass.
We also have a wide selection of St. Philomena devotional and sacramental items direct from the Sanctuary of Saint Philomena in Italy.
Phone: + 44 141 772 8558
Telephone is open 24 hours 7 days a week. If no one can take your call we will attempt to call you back within 48 hours
Marie Burns, Director of the Archconfraternity
Marie Elaine Burns
My Story with St Philomena
1995 – Present day
I believe it was divine providence that I became acquainted with St. Philomena. In 1995, her prayer card literally dropped at my feet during a Mass that was held for a missionary priest at a friend’s home. I was so taken by St. Philomena’s beauty and by the card that I could not stop gazing at her image and immediately began praying her novena. Never before had I been so drawn to a saint, and at that time in my life, was not passionate about my Catholic faith. The prayer card had been produced by Patti Melvin of the Living Rosary Association in Texas. I was so taken with St. Philomena that I had a desire to learn as much as I could about her. I went to a local church named for her and they gave me an old statue that they no longer needed. Within one week of this statue being placed in my home, I received a statue of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and a statue of Our Lady of Fatima as gifts, my brother Edward had returned from Fatima, Portugal with this statue for me. My faith strengthened tremendously and deepened to a level I had never experienced previously.
1996 I was employed by the government and had three sons: Christopher (11), Michael (9) and Ryan (4). I was desperate to be at home with my children and longed to have another child that I could be with at home. Delightfully my prayers were answered and I did in fact get the chance to leave my job and become a stay-at-home mum to raise my children. Soon after that, I was expecting another child. I experienced a happy but difficult pregnancy and finally, my son Kieran was born. He was born with a kidney defect which required surgery. Prior to his surgery in May 1997, I felt compelled to take him to the Sanctuary where St. Philomena’s relics were enshrined. The only information I had about the Sanctuary was that it was located outside of Naples. My husband David, a computer analyst, helped me search for a web page on the Sanctuary but found there was no information available on the internet. I was able to locate a map in one of the books I purchased and flew to Naples to find the Sanctuary with little idea of where I was going.
1997 my mum (Mary) accompanied me along with my younger son Ryan (5yrs) and baby Kieran (7months) to Naples and we went to Sorrento where I spent the next three days searching for the Sanctuary. It seemed every town in Southern Italy had its own Shrine or favourite saint. After speaking with numerous people who assisted me along the way, I was able to find the address and phone number for the Sanctuary of St. Philomena. It was truly the most incredible spiritual experience for me to finally arrive at Our Lady of Grace Church, the earthly home of my beloved St. Philomena. Once I stood in front of my dear friend and saint, I was overcome with a sense of great peace. I felt as though I could sit in front of her altar for a week (which I later did)
The priest, Father Giovanni Braschi, greeted us. He summoned his English speaking secretary Anna who kindly translated for us. He then took out the Relic of St. Philomena and blessed Kieran on the left side of his body, at the location of his kidney. Father Braschi began to talk to us with his secretary’s help and mentioned his concerns about problems within the devotion. Witnessing my strong devotion to St. Philomena, he repeatedly asked me to begin an Archconfraternity Center for St. Philomena in Glasgow. I told him I would certainly try but that I was focused on my son’s operation as my top priority.
When I returned home, I visited the priest at the St Philomena Church and took him some items I had purchased from the Sanctuary gift shop. I told him about my son Kieran and blessing he received from Father Braschi and sought his advice on how to start a Center for St. Philomena. He advised me to focus on my son’s operation first which I did. My son was admitted to the hospital and miraculously, the medical staff discovered that there was nothing wrong with his left kidney even though all of the previous test results indicated otherwise. The doctor said it was actually the right kidney that required the operation. All documents from and in the hospital stated the left side kidney. The doctors had no explanation and said this had never occurred before and were thankful this was revealed in an X-ray before the operation took place.
I signed the documentation to proceed with the operation and smiled to myself knowing that St. Philomena was with us. Although I didn’t fully understand what this meant, I felt secure knowing she was close by and that this was her sign to us that we could turn to her. The operation went well with no complications and Kieran recovered quickly.
As we entered 1998, Kieran could not sit up or walk like other children his age and we discovered that he had cerebral palsy and would be confined to a wheel chair. My mum believes that God sent St. Philomena to help me cope with this. I believe that Kieran with his pure soul is a gift from God as is my close companion St Philomena. Maybe we both are right!
My love for St. Philomena grew stronger each day as did my understanding and love of my faith. As you can imagine, this was a very trying time for me and my husband. I returned to the church named for St. Philomena in Glasgow and spoke to the priest about what had happened and requested his help in starting a Center for St. Philomena. I wanted to have a Mass with the novena to St. Philomena but his advice was to start a prayer group. I followed his guidance and began a prayer group in my home which steadily grew. During this time, a group of devotees began trying to revive an old shrine of St. Philomena in Wales which was scheduled to be demolished. They had Days of Prayer: held talks about St. Philomena and distributed devotional items. I again felt compelled to go. My mother accompanied me on the eight-hour round trip. It was a wonderful experience.
For my birthday that July of 1998 as my gift, I asked my family to go with me to the next prayer event and participate in this special day for St. Philomena. Again, it was a very moving experience for me and my family. At these events, I noticed that the group was distributing religious items with no mention of the Sanctuary in Italy. By the following year after seeing this several times along with having this continued and ever burning desire to do more for St Philomena becoming stronger each day, I offered my full support to Father Braschi’s work and began helping the Sanctuary with its cause. I wrote an email to the Sanctuary explaining this and Father Braschi replied that I was doing the right thing by supporting the Sanctuary.
1999 I visited the Sanctuary again and spent the week sitting in front of the Sacred Altar of Saint Philomena which for me is a little bit of Heaven on earth. I was unable to speak one word of Italian and communicated only with nods and smiles living in the then very small pilgrimage centre within this very beautiful, peaceful Sanctuary. So began my commitment to the Sanctuary and devotion to Saint Philomena. Throughout this time my family grew larger and we were blessed with the birth of our fifth baby boy Connor Aaron Joseph and finally a baby girl who we named Filumena Mary (this spelling of our saint which was found in the catacombs on the terracotta tiles). I also learned that there was not one prayer or novena answered through the intercession of Saint Philomena without me first accepting that Gods Will was for it not to happen! Saint Philomena is a wonderful Saint. She has brought me closer to the love of our Blessed Mother and Jesus and through her intercession, my faith has deepened. I can’t imagine living my life without her in it.
Father Jason Kulczynski was born in Brooklyn, New York on September 26, 1961 where he lived until the completion of 6th Grade at Saint Stanislaus Kostka Catholic Church in Greenpoint. He next lived for some time in New Jersey, and moved to Pennsylvania in 1976 where he was a member of St. Jude Parish in Chalfont, Pennsylvania.
Discerning a Vocation, he entered the Pauline Fathers Monastery after High School, the Order of Saint Paul the First Hermit. He completed Postulancy and Novitiate at the Monastery located at the National Shrine of our Lady of Czestochowa in Doylestown, Pennsylvania.
Following one year of Seminary study, Father joined the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, and continued his studies at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Philadelphia.
Father Kulczynski was ordained on May 20, 1989, and was assigned to St. Bede the Venerable Parish in Holland, Pennsylvania as Parochial Vicar.
In the year 2000 he was appointed School Minister (Chaplain) of Archbishop Prendergast Catholic High School, a Catholic Girls High School in Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania and was assigned to reside at St. Philomena Catholic Church in Lansdowne. He was next appointed the Chaplain of Monsignor Bonner & Archbishop Prendergast High School when these two schools joined together in a co-institutional model.
In 2010 he was appointed Chaplain of Saints John Neumann and Maria Goretti Catholic High School until July 2, 2012, continuing to live at Saint Philomena Church.
On September 12, 2012, Father was appointed Parochial Administrator of Saint Philomena Church in Lansdowne while remaining Chaplain at the High School.
In November of 2011, during a Conference held at the parish titled, “It’s Time to Meet Saint Philomena” Father Kulczynski was appointed Spiritual Director of the Universal Archconfraternity of Saint Philomena for Pennsylvania, USA, by Monsignor Giovanni Braschi who was present at the Conference.
February 2, 2012 marked the founding of the Priest Chaplains of the Archconfraternity of Saint Philomena by Father Kulczynski. It is an association of Priests who have shown their devotion to St. Philomena by promoting her cause and her intercession.
On February 12, 2012, Father Kulczynski was appointed the National Director of the Archconfraternity of Saint Philomena for the United States by Monsignor Braschi.
In September of 2012, Father Kulczynski moved to Maternity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, which thereby became the location of the United States Center of the Archconfraternity, where he continues his work as National Director working closely with Monsignor Braschi, Marie Burns the worldwide director of the Archconfraternity and Lisa Bowen, the Regional Director for Delaware and Pennsylvania.
On May 17, 2013, after being a guest on various radio programs, Father Kulczynski became the host of a new radio show called Aim High, on Radio Maria.
Please visit the website of the National Center of the Archconfraternity for the United States at www.philomenafamilyusa.com
Fr John Rocus, Spiritual Director for Michigan
Holy Spirit Roman Catholic Church
9565 Musch Rd., Brighton, Michigan 48116
Phone: 810-231-9199 or 810-231-9199 ext. 202
Philomena has been the patroness of Holy Spirit Elementary School for five years now. I brought my devotion with me when I was assigned here in October of 2007 but it seemed as if she was awaiting my arrival. There was a already a picture of her on the principal’s door that someone had given her, but no one knew anything about teh obscure little saint. At the end of one recent school year, disappointed that our enrollment was too small for the school to remain viable, we invoked Philomena to increase our enrollment from 60 to 75. A few weeks into the next school year we got our 75th student, a young girl who had recently moved into the area from out of state. She was 13 years old and her name was Philomena. She stayed with us for one year and graduated. We now have a first grader named Philomena and she is with me in the photo of the new statue of our saint. Philomena’s father found it on the internet site of a religious goods warehouse in Pennsylvania. Another school parent went out to rescue her and bring her to her new home at our parish.
We are now planning a new school and still invoking St. Philomena for her help in financing this big project. Any contributions would be greatly appreciated. Fr. John Rocus, Holy Spirit Church, Brighton, Michigan. 48116
Father Antonio Tavares is the Spiritual Director of St Philomena’s Universal Archconfraternity, in Portugal. He is the parish-priest of St. Peter’s church at Canecas (20 Km from Lisbon).
Adress: Largo Vieira Caldas — Canecas
e-mail : firstname.lastname@example.org
phone : + 351 219811046
We can see also some photos of the procession with St Philomena’s statue
In the city of Lisbon, we can mention two of the most importante centres of St Philomena’s devotion :
Martyr’s church, with father Armando Duarte
Adress: Rua Garrett, Chiado, Lisboa
phone: + 351 213462465
Attached you will find a few photos of the beautiful statue of Saint Philomena
St. Catarina’s church, with father Pedro Boto
Adress: Calcada do Combro, Lisboa
phone: + 351 213464443
In these photos, you can also see D. Giovanni Braschi, father Pedro Boto and the responsible coordinator of the Universal Archconfraternity of St Philomena, in Portugal, Filomena Maria Garcia
phones : + 351 917250323
+ 351 969460899
Dinga Stephanie, Center Represemtative for Guyane
7 Lottissement Patawaz, 97300 Cayenne, Guyane
Tel/fax 00594 594318210
Antony Kangah Lazare, Center Representative for Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire
Abidjan Cote d’Ivoire 06
Christian and Vaida Lang
85445 Oberding, Germany
Marie France Gauthier, Center Representative for Kervignac, France
56700 Kreiz Ker, Kervignac, France
Phone: 02 97 65 65 95
Fax: 02 97 65 65 95
Estella Sayre, Center Representative for Guam
Sta. Filomena Chapel
158 F. Chalan Paipai, Dededo, Guam
Archconfraternity Center (35)
Rev. Fr. Paul Gofigan, Spiritual Director
Phone: (671) 632-5659
Sta. Barbara Catholic Church
303 Iglesia Circle, Dededo, Guam
Sunday meeting at:
Sta. Filomena Chapel @10:00 am
158 F. Chalan Paipai, Dededo, Guam
Vicky Castro, Phone: (671) 632-7217/483-9843
Remy Malig, Phone: (671) 987-9552/637-2813 Email: email@example.com
Spanaway, WA 98387
Phone: (253) 846-0434/273-1754
Sta. Filomena House-to-House Prayer Group
Secretary: Joanne Crisostomo Reyes
St. Philomena Church
Des Moines, Washington
Phillip Pittman, Center Representative for Sulphur, Louisiana
Archconfraternity Center (30)
Fr. Edward Richard, Spiritual Director
Our Lady of Prompt Succor Catholic Church
1109 Cypress Street
Sulphur, Louisiana 70663 U.S.A.
Based out of St Thomas More Catholic Church in Centennial, Colorado. Our group is part of the Liturgy Commission in that parish.
Article from our parish newsletter – page 8.
Bagenalstown Co., Carlow, Ireland
Phone: + 353 599 727 014
Archconfraternity Center (25)
Friends of SAINT PHILOMENA in Ireland
If you live in Ireland and want any St. Philomena Blessed Sacrementels , ie.
holy oils, medals, cord, rosary beads, statues, prayers, prayer book, ect. If you would like to know more about her, or about her Sanctuary in Italy, give us a call and we will do our best to help you, we have a postal service also if you want to avail of that please get in contact with us.
She is the patron Saint of youth, so we would love to hear from young people. If you would like to organise a Mass, or prayer meeting in honour of this great Saint please contact us.
Fr. Canuto E. F. Fuentebella, JCL, Director of the National Center for the Caribbean
National Center for Caribbean
St. Philomena Church
Paradera 51, Aruba
Helena Amalia Filomena Jimenez Wever & Lacides Alfonso Jimenez, Center Representatives for Aruba Phone: (00 297) 5824661
Elizabeth Olanipekun, (known as Betty), Center Representative for Tooting, London
‘Christen Rose’, 46 Longmead Road, London, SW17 8PN
Phone: +44 (0) 7743127790
Archconfraternity Center (20)
We have our St Philomena Prayer Group every Thursday after 6.15pm Mass at:
St Anselm’s RC Church
9 Tooting Bec Road
London SW17 8BS
Tel: 020 8672 2179
(nearest underground is Tooting Bec Station on the Northern Line).
We also celebrate St Philomena’s Feast Day (August 11) every year starting with a Sung Mass at 6.15pm followed by a party of celebration of eats and drinks in the Church Hall.
You are welcome to join us on Thursday evenings for our unfailing prayers to St Philomena to whom nothing is refused.
Msgr. Giovanni Braschi visited London April 2011 with St Philomena’s Relic, he also visited various churches along with St Philomena’s School, where he was given a raptures welcome.
We have not done anything elaborate in our group this year so far, hence we have no picture or news to send you. We do have our prayer group as usual every Thursday.
We are planning a big celebration on St Philomena’s feast day, (11 August) when we start with Mass and end up with a party in the church hall.
For the moment am forwarding a picture of members of my group taken with Mgr Giovanni, when he visited us in London, he also visited and said Mass at St Philomena Girls’ School in Carshalton, Surrey.
St Philomena Girls’ High School, Carshalton, Surrey, England.
St Philomena Prayer Group held at St Anselm’s RC Church, Tooting Bec, London SW17 8BS, England
Fr. Peter Austin, Director National Center of the Archconfraternity for Australia
Phone: + 61 54 841 073
National Center of the Archconfraternity for Australia
St Joseph’s Church
Rochester, Victoria 3561 Australia
Tel : + 61 54 841 073
Fax: + 61 54 832 271
Web site: www.philomena-australia.org
Fr. Peter Gregory Austin
Father Peter Austin was born November 29, 1959 in the Melbourne suburb of Coburg, Australia. He was the youngest of three boys. The family returned to their old home in Bendigo in 1961. Bendigo is situated in regional country of Victoria.
Fr. Austin was educated by the Sisters of Mercy at St. Therese’s Parish Primary in Bendigo. For his secondary schooling he was educated by the Marist Brothers in Bendigo. During his secondary schooling he experienced strong promptings to devote his life to the service of God and His Church in the priesthood. Fr. Austin completed his secondary schooling in 1977. To further discern his vocation he spent 1978 working in Bendigo at various jobs.
He entered Corpus Christi Regional Seminary at the beginning of 1979 for the Diocese of Sandhurst (Bendigo). He was ordained to the priesthood at Sacred Heart Cathedral, Bendigo on August 3, 1985.
Fr. Austin was appointed Assistant Priest to the parishes of Wangaratta, Wodonga, and Shepparton. In 1995 he was appointed Parish Priest of the Parish of Pyramid Hill. Sometime during this appointment he was given a cassette of Fr. O’Sullivan’s book on St. Philomena and was immediately won over. In 2002 he was appointed Parish Priest to the Parish of Rochester.
In 2000 Fr. Austin was Chaplain for Youth Pilgrimage to World Youth Day in Rome. The pilgrimage included a trip to the shrine of St. Philomena in Mugnano del Cardinale, Italy. It was during this visit that Msgr. Giovanni Braschi, Rector of the Sanctuary of St. Philomena in Italy, appointed Fr. Austin Chaplain of the St. Philomena Devotional Centre Victoria, Australia.
In 2012 Fr. Austin was appointed National Director for the Archconfraternity of St. Philomena, Australia and Director to the National Center of St. Philomena by Msgr. Braschi, Rector of the Sanctuary of St. Philomena, Italy
Please visit the Official Australian website at www.philomena-australia.org
Jane Torresan, Center Representative for West Vancouver, British Columbia
British Columbia, West Vancouver, Canada
Archconfraternity Center (13)
Our St. Philomena group meets every:
3rd Saturday, 8.30 at
St. Anthony’s Parish,2347 Inglewood Avenue, West Vancouver, B.C. V7V 1Z9
We begin with Rosary at 8:30 am, Mass at 9:00 followed by coffee and sharing…we then say the chaplet for our intentions and those associated with St. Philomena worldwide.
Fr. Robert Gibas, Spiritual Director for the U.S.A.
Saint Philomena Outdoor Shrine St. Clement Church
216 E. Wooster Street
Navarre, Oh 44662
Tel: 330-879 5900
Father Gibas celebrating mass in St. Philomena’s honor. The boy carried by the gentleman in yellow on the right, is Luke Rozmajzl, son of Tim and Monica (in black). He was born 9 years ago, with serious kidney problems and was in the Pediatric ICU, when they started praying for St. Philomena’s help. They continue to pray St. Philomena’s prayer daily. Luke is alive and well. The gentleman in light green stripes with his wife and daughter to his left are the Terry, Beth and Jamie Gromes, St. Philomena devotees who were instrumental in the completion of the shrine. Their log cabin home was razed in a fire a few years ago, but religious items, including a red plastic bottle of St. Philomena’s holy oil were miraculously spared, even as surrounding papers were charred black and a nearby lamp was melted by extreme heat.
Devotees came to Navarre from as far as Cleveland, Youngstown and Dayton.
Father Gibas sang the mass from his wheelchair, with shrine coordinator, Joe Manwaring serving.
After mass, devotees processed to the shrine to pray the chaplet of St. Philomena.
Paul and Donna Folfas drove over three hours from Dayton to attend the Feast day celebration and receive a special blessing before St. Philomena–it was their 40th wedding anniversary.
Three long-time promoters of St. Philomena: Caroline Katigbak, Henedine Aldana and Dena Johnson.
Joe and Mary Jo Manwaring, devoted shrine coordinator and treasurer, with secretary, Caroline Katigbak.
SAINT PHILOMENA SHRINE DEDICATED
After more than ten years of planning and construction, the outdoor Shrine to Saint Philomena, built between the new and old rectories on the St. Clement Campus of Holy Family Parish, Navarre, Ohio, was dedicated and blessed by Monsignor Robert J. Siffrin, Vicar Genaral of the Diocese of Youngstown, Ohio in a ceremony on Sunday, August 14, 2011.
Recent additions to the shrine were: a copper canapoy to protect the statue of St. Philomena from the weather; a mosaic surrounding the base containing symbols pertaining to the martyrdom of St. Philomena. It can be described as a Circle of Faith. It depicts in symbol the steadfast conviction of St. Philomena to say yes to Christ and to His Kingdom. The Circle of her faith flows over a calm and watery wall as you stand and reflect on the courageous faith of this heroic member of the Communion of Saints.
Winthin the Shrine area are walls of engraved bricks containing the names of the many people who donated money and labor to honor one whom they believe has obtained for them the blessings of God’s love. There is also a mosaic entitled: To Jesus through Mary. A mosaic that reminds us, as St. Philomena came to experience, the surest way to Jesus is through his most beloved mother.
As one member of our Confraternity puts it: This is a work in progress. There will be more additions to help convey the story of St. Philomena.
Catherine Croise, Center Representative for South California
Post Office Box 725, San Juan Capistrano, California 92693
Phone: (949) 248-8888
We offer a Spanish-language book about the life of Saint Philomena, as well as Universal Archconfraternity information and the Little Crown prayers in Spanish.
More prayers and Archconfraternity information in Spanish to be available soon.
Our special devotions to Saint Philomena are observed on the First Tuesday of every month at 7:30 p.m.
These include praying the most holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the Little Crown (Chaplet) of Saint Philomena for the intentions of all members.
Call for details
Fr. Richard M. Miles, Spiritual Director for New Orleans
Our Lady of Perpetual Help
464-361 1908 Short St.
Kenner, LA 70062
Corazon De Jesus, De Maria Santisima and Sta. Filomena Mission
Archconfraternity Center of St. Philomena for Las Vegas
Estella Sayre, Center Representative for Las Vegas
Address: 6512 Wild River Drive, Las Vegas, Nevada 89108
Phone: (702) 750-1227
Fr. Jesse Cortes, Spiritual Director
Tel: (702) 384-3382
St. Bridget’s Church
220 N. 14th street
Las Vegas, Nv. 89101
Mass In Honor To St. Philomena: Every 4th Friday of each month @ 07:00pm
Every Sunday Prayer Meeting: Residence of Estella Sayre @ 3:00 PM (Divine Mercy & Holy Rosary) 6512 Wild River Drive, Las Vegas, NV 89108
Phone home 480-545-1166
Prior to my conception and life in Mom’s womb, my parents were told to have no more children. Acting on this medical counsel would mean countering Church teaching. My parents trusted in God, and I was the first of the next four children to join the five gifts our Lord had already given. Mom brought me to the turnstyle in the Spokane convent of the Poor Clares. Mom thanked them for their prayers.
In grade school and high school I had thoughts of priesthood. My principal saw something, and she asked me in the forth grade if I ever thought of priesthood. I said “yes.” When, at the age of twenty five, I told her I was entering, she replied, “It’s about time!” In high school my physics teacher offered lots of encouragement.
By senior year of college, I was sure God was calling me, but I did not want to cooperate. Securing daytime and nighttime jobs I left the university, though I kept praying and attending Mass almost daily. Given these graces, the Hound of Heaven closed in on me. I began to experiment with saying “yes.” Contentment not known before began to fill my heart.
When I let my parents know of my intention, they kept poker faces, asking only one question: “Do you think you will be happy?” The truth of my answer remains to this day, in no small part because of all who have prayed and are praying for me. So my gratitude is steered to you and The Trinity – Abba, Brother, and Spirit of Truth and Love. To all of our holy communion, I say: Thank You.
By 2011 I began the St. Philomena monthly mass and became part of the St. Philomena family worldwide, being appointed Depute Spiritual Director for USA, by Msgr. Giovanni Braschi, Rector of the Sanctuary of St. Philomena Italy.
Roberto & Lucy Rossi, Center Representatives for Michigan
28351 Mavis Drive, Warren, Mi 48088
Phone: 586- 558-7167
Susanne Hilliard, Center Representative for Wisconsin
Saint Philomena Outdoor Shrine St Mary Help of Christians RC Church, PO Box 127, Briggsville, Wisconsin, 53920
Parish Office Phone & Fax- 608-981-2282
Parish web site: www.stmaryotic.com
Weekend Mass Schedule Saturday, 5:30 pm Sunday, 8:00 am Weekday Schedule Tues- Mass, 8:00 am, Wed- Word/Communion, 8:00 am, Thur- Mass, 8:00 am
Carol Davis, Center Representative for Roswell, Georgia
Our weekly devotion/adoration hour takes place in the Chapel where the Blessed Sacrament is exposed:
Tuesday evenings from 6:00 to 7:00 PM at St. Peter Chanel Catholic Church, 11330 Woodstock Road, Roswell, GA 30075,
After the devotion hour, Father Thang celebrates Benediction. When Benediction is completed, he anoints each of us present with the sacred oil of St. Philomena from the Sanctuary in Italy.
It is a very powerful expression of our devotion to St. Philomena because after reciting the Novena prayer, we openly ask St. Philomena to intercede for our intentions as well as the intentions of people who ask us to pray for them. Prayers have been answered through this devotion.
Fr Peter Lennon – Spiritual Director for the Scotland Centre and Spiritual Director for the UK
St Josephs Parish
41 Lomond Street, Helensburgh, G84 7ET, Scotland
Phone/Fax: 01436 672463
Fr Anthony Gallagher – Assistant Spiritual Director for Scotland and the UK
St Catherine Laboure
90 Lamont Road
Tel: 0141 558 6723
Carfin Lourdes Grotto
St. Philomena Shrine within the Grotto
Taylor Avenue, Carfin, Motherwell, ML1 5AJ
Tel: 01698 263308
Fax: 01698 268941
Fr. Chad Partain, Director of the Children of Mary & Archconfraternity Spiritual Director for Mansura
Children of Mary (and postal address)
P.O. Box 130, Mansura, LA 71350
Archconfraternity Center (1) St. Paul the Apostle Mansura, Louisinana, 71350 , Phone: (318) 964-2921 Fax: (318) 964-2921
Fr. Chad Partain is a priest in the Diocese of Alexandria, Louisiana where he serves as Chancellor for the Diocese and as Pastor of St. Paul the Apostle Church in Mansura, Louisiana. Father Partain was introduced to St. Philomena at an early age through the Living Rosary Association and through the life of St. John Vianney. In his junior year of high school Fr. Partain was diagnosed with a massive tumor in his inner ear which threatened his hearing. He prayed a novena to St. Philomena to preserve his hearing so that he could enter the seminary after graduation. After an eight-hour surgery the doctors reported that the tumor had been removed but there was nothing left in the inner ear as all the bones of hearing had been eaten away. When the bandages were removed Fr. Partain was able to hear with the damaged ear despite the absence of the bones of hearing. Even the doctors admitted that it was a physical impossibility.
Fr. Partain was ordained a priest on May 31st, 2003. On August 11th, 2008 he dedicated a large outdoor parish shrine in honor of St. Philomena as an offering of thanks for all the favors he has received through the intercession of St. Philomena.
Today his parish is an active Archconfraternity Center and Masses are celebrated on every second Friday of the month and all the feasts of our dear saint. A solemn novena is celebrated every year before the Feast on August 11th.
In September, 2011 Msgr. Giovanni Braschi appointed Fr. Partain Director of the Congregation of the Children of Mary. This is the youth organization of the International Family of St. Philomena, co-sponsored by the Universal Archconfraternity of St. Philomena and the Living Rosary Association. The purpose of the Congregation is to foster an extraordinary devotion to the Blessed Mother among the young and to encourage the youth of today to imitate the virtues of St. Philomena – especially her innocence and purity.
Please visit the Official website for the Children of Mary, Youth initiate www.thechildrenofmary.net.
Sanctuary of Saint Philomena
Archconfraternity Center, Sanctuary of Saint Philomena