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Pope Saint Pius X
of the St. Philomena Volunteer Guild is currently working on lap quilts for our shut-ins, and for the residents of our local nursing facility.
Thank you to everyone who donated Sewing Items. Donations may be brought to the Rectory. Sewing Machines (In working order please!) thread, fabric, etc.
The History of the
Universal Archconfraternity of Saint Philomena
The Confraternity of Saint Philomena, also known as the Work of Saint Philomena, was begun in Paris France. It was founded on October 6, 1876 by Fr. Louis Petit, with the blessing and approval of the Cardinal Giubert.
He said: "With our devotion to Saint Philomena we bless God who is reflected in His Saints. Honoring Saint Philomena we proclaim the power of God in the strength of His Martyrs, and His Infinite Goodness in the favors He concedes to the prayers of His Saints. This was the theology of the Holy Curé of Ars, and this will be ours also".
The Confraternity of Saint Philomena was raised to the rank of Archconfraternity by Pope Leo XIII, in November 1886.
The Archconfraternity of Saint Philomena was raised to the rank of a Universal Archconfraternity by Pope St. Pius X, on May 21, 1912, with the publication of the Apostolic brief, "Pias Fidelium Societates."
The example of love of the Holy Fathers towards Saint Philomena has caused many great souls to consecrate themselves to her. Among her devotees, the most distinguished may be the Holy Curé of Ars, Saint John Vianney, because of his great love for her and for his commitment to making her known and loved.
The purpose of the Universal Archconfraternity of Saint Philomena remains the same today, to join devotees of Saint Philomena worldwide into one spiritual family under the direction of the International Shrine - The Sanctuary of Saint Philomena in Mugnano del Cardinale, Avellino, Italy.
The members of the Universal Archconfraternity form an association of prayer and work who resolve to live a life according to the Gospel of Christ and to promote the Gospel in the world. The Universal Archconfraternity is also dedicated to the Christian education of children and youth and to prayer for vocations and the sanctification of the Clergy, following the special example of Saint Philomena, Virgin and Martyr.
Become a member
of the Universal Archconfraternity of Saint Philomena
online CLICK HERE
Joining the Universal Archconfraternity of St. Philomena is a wonderful way to honor Saint Philomena and become united with her and all of her devotees throughout the world.
The organization offers Christians around the world a recognized and coherent structure to share fellowship and devotion to Saint Philomena. There are many privileges and indulgences attached to becoming a member of the Archconfraternity.
Holy Mass is celebrated at the Shrine in Mugnano del Cardinale the second Friday of each month for the intentions of all members living and deceased.
Members, in turn dedicate themselves to a prayerful life through the intercession of Saint Philomena, and promise to do what they can to learn more about her life and to spread devotion to her wherever possible.