Building a Culture of Religious Freedom

Building a culture of religious freedom

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Archbishop Charles Chaput, O.F.M. Cap. 

Posted July 15, 2019

Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap
Alliance Defending Freedom Summit, Dana Point, California
July 9, 2019

[Archbishop Chaput offered the following keynote remarks on July 9 to the Summit 2019 conference of the Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF).]

Back in April Gerard Baker, the Wall Street Journal’s editor at large, wrote a column that I hope every person in the audience today will track down and read.[1] The title was “Persecuted Christians And Their Quiescent Leaders,” and he hammered home two facts.  Christians of every tradition – Protestant, Catholic, and Orthodox – are now the most widely and brutally persecuted religious community in the world. And too many Christian leaders in too many countries, including our own, are too cowardly to name it for what it is — especially when it comes at the hands of Muslim extremists.

Cowardice is not a word you’ll find in the vocabulary of the Alliance Defending Freedom. And the threats to religious liberty in our own country come from a different, shrewder, but every bit as ugly brand of extremism.  So it’s a blessing and a joy for me to be with you today.  Courage, like cowardice, is infectious, and very few people can match the courage and character that permeate the entire ADF team.  Michael Farris, Paula and Alan Sears, Amy Shepard, and so many others:  These are extraordinary persons doing extraordinary work, and I count it a privilege to admire them.  But I’ll come back to that at the end of my comments. Continue reading “Building a Culture of Religious Freedom”

Don’t Worry If You Missed the First Sittings for Our New 2020 Parish Photo Directory!

We are offering another time for photo sittings so that families with children in college might be able to come together for their photo on  December 27th and December 28th.  We hope that you are planning to be a part of our new Parish Directory!  Please remember that the directory is an EXTREMELY useful tool for the Parish Staff.  We truly appreciate your willingness to participate in this event.

Please click on the link shown below, log-in with PA851 and the password: photos (case sensitive) to sign-up to have your photo included in our upcoming Parish Photo Directory.


MDP: Shore Up the Future

MDP: Shore Up the Future

Dear Family and Friends of MDP,

On December 8th, Mother of Divine Providence parish celebrated its 63rd Anniversary as the Catholic community of King of Prussia.  Throughout those many years, we have been blessed with a beautiful campus, an outstanding elementary school and wonderful parishioners.

Most of you who are founding members, built a solid and beautiful campus where the liturgical, spiritual, sacramental, educational and cultural needs of our parishioners can be met.  We need now to “Shore Up the Future” for generations of Catholics to come.

Last fall you should have received in the mail a copy of our Parish’s June 30, 2017 Operating Report.  Your weekly contributions to the Sunday collection have allowed the parish to operate on essentially a break-even basis.

Like many of us, as our campus ages, it needs repairs that go beyond our normal operating budget which is funded by our Sunday collection.   Over the next 2-3 years, we face several large repair and/or replacement projects that are necessary to keep our campus safe and functional.  These projects, which can no longer be deferred, include the following: Continue reading “MDP: Shore Up the Future”

Pennsylvania Catholic Conference Urges You to Take Action NOW!

These beautiful children deserve to live!


Please urge your state representative to vote YES on HB 321, the Down Syndrome Abortion Bill. It would prohibit an abortion that is based on the diagnosis of Down syndrome on the unborn baby.
Click the link below to sign the petition:


Parish May Procession

The tradition of “Crowning Mary” during the month of May is a long-standing one in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.   It typically takes place on the first weekend of the month after the parish children have received their First Holy Communion.

Mother of Divine Providence Parish will hold her procession on Sunday, May 5th, immediately after the 10:30 AM Mass.   All children who received their First Holy Communion, whether on Saturday or Sunday, are invited to wear their Communion attire and participate in the procession that will move from the church to the grotto in the parking lot for the Crowning Ceremony.      Everyone attending the 10:30 AM Mass is encouraged to join the procession!

First Holy Communion Weekend

This weekend, May 4th and 5th, 63 children will receive their First Holy Communion at Mother of Divine Providence.   We ask that you remember these children and their families in your prayers as they approach this important day.

May you always feel as close to Jesus as you do today.

May you always count on Him to gently guide your way.

May you always trust in God to answer every single prayer.

May you always feel Him blessing you with tender loving care.


Public Schools are NOT God Free Zones!

Please take 8 minutes to watch this important video, it will be time well spent!  If you think that these problems are NOT occurring here in Upper Merion, you are sadly mistaken.   Our children’s faith is being suppressed every day; we must take a firm stand to allow them to openly express their faith.

Last year we were very fortunate to have Barbara Samuells, President of Catholics for Religious Freedom, speak with us about the state of our country with regard to Religious Freedom.  After listening to Barbara and hearing other stories of children being told that they were not able to discuss their faith in public schools, one mother in attendance at the seminar openly told the following story about her child’s experience in Upper Merion:  Her child was filled with happiness on receiving Jesus in the Eucharist for the first time and  excitedly approached her teacher to share about her wonderful weekend, only to be told that it is unacceptable to discuss such events in Upper Merion public schools.   Imagine how embarrassed that child must have felt, to be told that her faith is unacceptable!   Another child was wearing a crucifix necklace only to be told to remove it; while another student was wearing a t-shirt that spoke of his faith and he was asked to turn the shirt inside out so that he did not offend any other student.

How can we allow this to happen in our own backyard?  You probably noticed that the students represented in the video are high school students.  They realize that they have certain protections afforded them as citizens of this country and that these rights are being violated.  However the children discussed, who are members of our parish, are very young and have no idea that they actually have rights.   It is up to us, the responsible adults in their lives, to protect them and their rights!




We are blessed once again to offer the live musical drama entitled “Whom Shall I Send”.  This beautifully produced play is being presented to us in the sanctuary of the church on Sunday, March 31, 2019 at 7:00 PM.

Whom Shall I Send? Is an exciting musical that finds its roots in the New Testament as it depicts God’s call to the disciples and their response.  The play explores the humanity of the disciples—their doubts, fears and joys as they respond to the call of the risen Christ.  The energetic dialogue, vibrant songs and dances celebrate the spiritual journey of Peter, Paul, John, Mary Magdalene and Lydia.  It explores the unique way that each character is called by God and inspires audiences to reflect on the call of God in their lives.   This poignant and moving drama engages  the audience in a story of faith, love and friendship.

The Xavier Company is a group of professional actors, singers and dancers in residence at Saint Francis Xavier Church in Manhattan under the direction of Carol Ferrone.

Entrance to this play is free, but we urge you to help with the work of Xavier Company by placing a free will offering in the basket located at the break.  Thank you.



Mary’s Way of the Cross and 24 Hours for the Lord

“24 Hours for the Lord” is an initiative of the Holy Father begun three years ago. During this time, the faithful will have the opportunity to pray before Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament which will be exposed for this purpose.

24 HOURS FOR THE LORD begins here at Mother of Divine Providence Parish on Friday, March 29th and continues through Saturday, March 30th until 2:45 PM.

As we celebrate this special time in our parish, we will begin with the live presentation of “Mary’s Way of the Cross” at 7:00 PM on March 29th. This live version of the Stations of the Cross is presented in Mary’s words. Nancy Server Thompson, Music Director at Camilla Hall will play the part of Mary; Sister Anne Phillip will be the narrator. Our “24 Hours for the Lord” will continue immediately after this program as the Blessed Sacrament is exposed. Sign-up sheets are located at the doors of the church this weekend. Please help us to make sure that Our Lord is never unattended from 8:00 PM March 29th through 3:00 PM on March 30th.  Please be sure to continue your Lenten journey by participating in this special time.

On Friday, March 29th, join us for the opening of “24 Hours for the Lord” beginning with a a presentation of “Where You There”.  A Passion Play from the perspective of Our Lord’s mother, Mary.  Exposition of the Blessing Sacrament will begin immediately after the Stations and Adoration will continue throughout the night.