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Ordained in 2011, Father Friel served for five years as Parochial Vicar at St. Anselm Parish in Northeast Philly. He is currently studying toward an STL in sacred liturgy at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.
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“I should not like to be too harsh on this commission’s labors. It numbered a certain number of genuine scholars and more than one experienced and judicious pastor. Under different circumstances, they might have accomplished excellent work. Unfortunately, on the one hand, a deadly error in judgment placed the official leadership of this committee in the hands of a man who—though generous and brave—was not very knowledgeable: Cardinal Larcaro. He was utterly incapable of resisting the maneuvers of the mealy-mouthed scoundrel that the Neapolitan Vincentian, Annibale, a man as bereft of culture as he was of basic honesty, soon revealed himself to be.”
— Fr. Bouyer, a liturgical expert appointed by Pope Paul VI

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Masses to Begin at FSSP Parish in Philadelphia
published 4 September 2018 by Fr. David Friel

ANY READERS are already aware that, in April 2018, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia established a new “quasi-parish” for the purpose of extending additional pastoral care to local Catholics who worship in the Extraordinary Form.

This weekend will mark the beginning of Masses offered at the parish.

This new community has taken over the beautiful St. Mary’s Church (pictured), which served as a Polish national parish until it merged with another parish in 2014. The church, which sits at West Elm and Oak Streets in Conshohocken, PA, will now be staffed by a priest of the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter (FSSP).

The Extraordinary Form will remain available in numerous other places in the area. The chief advantage of this new quasi-parish is that it will serve as a place for families who choose to worship in the EF to live a full parish life, complete with all the Sacraments and devotions.

Effective September 9, 2018, the Mass schedule will be:

Sunday: 11 AM
Monday to Thursday: 7:15 AM
Friday: 6:30 PM

The founding pastor is Fr. Carl Gismondi, FSSP. May the Lord make his ministry fruitful, and may He pour forth blessings upon this new parish!