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Saint John the Evangelist Catholic Church, affectionately known as "St. John's" by its parishioners, warmly welcomes you to our website.

We are located in the heart of Center City, providing spiritual enrichment for local residents, daily commuters, and visitors to our city of brotherly love.

St. John the Evangelist has been bringing the Good News to Philadelphia for 179 years. Two canonized saints have ties to St. John's: St. John Neumann and St. Katharine Drexel.

In 1941, St. John's established Holy Redeemer Chinese Catholic Church as a mission chapel. Twenty years later we opened St. John's Hospice to serve the homeless.

Our parish is a community of communities. There is a group for everyone -- from young adults, to healthcare professionals to the musically inclined. Stop by anytime. We'd love to see you!

What is the difference between a diocesan priest and a priest who is a member of a religious order? PDF Print E-mail

The large majority of priests worldwide are diocesan priests. These men are ordained to work in a particular diocese or archdiocese. At the time of their ordination as deacons (usually about a year before their ordination as priests) they promise respect and obedience to the diocesan bishop and his successors. They also promise to live in chastity, and according to the status of clergy (which includes a comparatively simple life). Diocesan priests do not make vows, technically speaking, and do not promise poverty. Therefore, they may own their own property, such as cars, and handle their own financial affairs.

At deaconate ordination, the bishop accepts the promises of the deacon and priest, and thereby incardinates them into the diocese. This gives the transitional deacon and diocesan priest certain rights - such as the right to be supported by the diocesan church - and imposes on them the obligation to work for the diocesan church under the leadership of the bishop. This is a life-long commitment of mutual responsibility, although there are procedures in place by which a diocesan priest may choose to seek a transfer to a different diocese. Because most of the work of a diocese is done in parishes, a diocesan priest usually works in a parish. Some diocesan priests work in Catholic schools, as hospital chaplains, in administrative offices of the diocese, or in other places. Sometimes diocesan priests are called secular priests, because their main work is pastoral, i.e. to assist people who work in the contemporary world (Latin saeculum=world, the times).

Some priests are members of religious orders or institutes. A religious order or institute is an association established by the Church to promote a particular style of life or expression of spirituality, or to perform a specific type of work. Most religious communities of men work in more than one diocese, and many work worldwide. Each religious community has its own constitutions, and its members live according to a rule of life. All members of a religious community make vows or promises of poverty, chastity, and obedience. Some religious communities of men work in parishes, others do not. Religious priests work as hospital chaplains, retreat givers, teachers, itinerant preachers, parish priests, missionaries and in many other fields. Each community has its own charism, or gift of the Spirit. Priests who are members of a community bring that charism to their work.

The diocesan bishop supervises religious order priests when they are engaged in active ministry in his diocese, and no community can work in a diocese without his permission. The religious community's superior supervises the internal workings of the community. If a religious community serves the needs of a particular parish, it does so based on an agreement with the diocesan bishop.


Parish Calendar

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This Week:

Tue Feb 28 @06:00PM - 07:00PM
Padre Pio Prayer Group

Mass Schedule

Weekdays: 7:45 a.m. (lower church); 8:30 a.m. (lower church); 12:05 p.m.; 1:05 p.m.; 5:15 p.m.
Saturday: 7:45 a.m. (lower church); 12:05 p.m.; 5:15 p.m. Vigil for Sunday
Sunday: 8:30 a.m.; 10:30 a.m.; 12:30 p.m.; 6:00 p.m.


Wednesday-Saturday: 3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Thursday before First Friday: 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.; 3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Vigil of Weekday HolyDays
: 3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Not available on Holy Days


Vigil of Weekday HolyDays: 5:15 p.m. (upper church)

Weekday Holy Days: 7:45 a.m. (lower church); 8:30 a.m. (lower church); 12:05 p.m. (lower church); 12:30 p.m. (upper church); 1:05 p.m. (lower church); 5:15 p.m. (lower church); 6:00 p.m. (upper church)




Directions & Parking Info

Eastbound I-676 / Vine Street Expressway
(from western PA, from I-76)

Take the Broad Street exit. Bear right at exit ramp, turning onto 15th street. After passing City Hall, turn left onto Chestnut Street. Pass Macy's department store. Turn left onto 13th Street. Saint John's will be on the right.

Westbound I-676 / Vine Street Expressway
(from NJ, from I-95)

Take the Broad Street exit. The exit ramp curves onto 15th street. Continue straight onto 15th steet. After passing City Hall, turn left onto Chestnut Street. Pass Macy's. Turn left onto 13th Street. Saint John's will be on the right.


Park for just $8 every weekend and weeknight at the Loews Hotel Parking Garage (depending on availability.) Just mention St. John the Evangelist Church. 

Contact Us

Address: 21 S. 13th St. Philadelphia, PA 19107 USA

Parish Office Telephone: 215-563-4145

Schedule of Services (recorded line): 215-563-5432

Parish Office Fax: 215-563-1770

E-mail: secretary@stjohnsphilly.com

Wedding Inquiries: pastor@stjohnsphilly.com

Finance Committee: Kathy Howley, finance@stjohnsphilly.com

Parish Council: John Riley, council@stjohnsphilly.com

RCIA: rcia@stjohnsphilly.com

Director of Music: Dr. Annette DiMedio, music@stjohnsphilly.com

Website Inquiries: webmaster@stjohnsphilly.com