The Universal Archconfraternity of Saint Philomena, Philomenian Family in the World, is an international movement of faithful that, through the devotion to our Martyr, promotes love to Jesus and Mary. The single Centers, through their local autonomy, promote the devotion to the Saint and are of support to the work of the Sanctuary.
The Confraternity of Saint Philomena was promoted to the rank of Archconfraternity by Pope Leo XIII.
On January 15, 1912, Pope Pius X renewed his blessing to the Work of Saint Philomena with the following touching words, “For the beloved members of the Archconfraternity of Saint Philomena and of the Blessed Jean Marie Vianney, with the fervent wish that, for the intercession of the One or the Other, our Lord will be prodigal with his greatest graces for all. We cordially send the Apostolic Blessing.
“To authoritatively and definitely affirm the devotion of Saint Philomena, and put an end to some pointless discussions, on 21 May 1912 Saint Pius X promoted the venerable Archconfraternity of Saint Philomena to Universal Archconfraternity, through the Apostolic Brief “PiasFideliumSocietates”, in which he clearly explained,
“We decree that the following scripture shall be stable, valid and effective, now and always and that it shall receive and obtain its full and whole effects, and so it has to be regularly judged and defined, and if it proceeds in any other way, it will be null and without any value, whatever the authority…”
The Work of the Universal Archconfraternity of Saint Philomena continues with the Sanctuary of Mugnano the site of the Spiritual Headquarters to all other worldwide Centers, the promotion of the devotion to the Saint and the support of all the work connected to it. May 21st 2012 saw the addition of an Operational Headquarters for the Universal Archconfraternity of St Philomena based in Scotland, under the direction of Marie Burns, Director General. This handles all of the practical work connected to running a large organization, in order that the Sanctuary remain concentrating on the Spiritual work.
The Rector of the Sanctuary of Saint Philomena in Mugnano del Cardinale is normally the Spiritual Director of the whole Universal Archconfraternity of Saint Philomena and he or his Bishop is the Honorary President of the same. The Spiritual Director or Rector of the Sanctuary will nominate the Director, this appointment is permanent.