The Philo presents the 59th Sourin Award honoring Archbishop Nelson J. Pérez at The Union League 
Please join us on Thursday, February 23rd at the Lincoln Room of the Union League to honor this year's Sourin Award recipient Archbishop Nelson J. Pérez.

The Philo is delighted to highlight the many accomplishments of the Archbishop and grateful to have him as our award recipient.

Please click the "Register Now" button to RSVP for the award program & reception. Sponsorships can also be purchased.

Reception begins at 6:30 PM (complimentary open bar hour included).
Dinner, Brief Program and Award Presentation beginning at 7:30 PM.

Proceeds benefit Catholic Philopatrian Society, a 501(c)(3) charitable nonprofit. Contributions are tax deductible as charitable contributions, except for the value per person of attending.
Union League
140 S Broad St, Philadelphia, PA 19102
Date & Time
February 23, 2023, 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
About The Sourin Award

Father Edward J. Sourin founded the Catholic Philopatrian Literary Institute in December 1850 as a means to create social space for Philadelphia’s Catholic immigrant families and through civic action help in the work of building up the City of Brotherly Love. Since 1959, the Philopatrian honors Fr. Sourin annually through The Sourin Award Dinner. Past awardees include US Senators, Governors, Business Leaders and Philanthropists.

What is the Catholic Philopatrian Literary Institute (The Philo)?

The oldest Catholic lay educational society in America was founded on December 22, 1850 by Father Edward Sourin (later a member of the Society of Jesus). Named, Catholic Philopatrian Literary Institute, it was organized as a fraternal setting in which young Catholic men could “cultivate and improve the minds… and aid in the diffusion of literature and education among men." Father Sourin was concerned about the lack of education of Irish and German immigrants and saw a lecture and discussion Institute as the means to improve it. On December 14, 1850, Father Sourin had a small meeting where he discussed the idea starting such a group. The following week, the first official meeting was held at Old St. Mary’s Rectory with 14 men in attendance. There they picked the name Philopatrian, meaning “love of one’s country” and the motto of “Revere the Church thy Mother and love thy Fatherland."

Today, the Philo's mission remains virtually the same. In addition to our educational mission, the group now also has a focus on charity work. No longer a fraternal society for Irish and German immigrants, our group welcomes members from all genders, ethnicities, and races.

What are the details for Sponsors of the event?

Please note that the Ad art, message, or business card must be received by February 10, 2023.
Ad art can be in black & white or grayscale. Back Cover and Inside Covers can be in color.
Accepted: PDF, Word, or image format

Quarter: 5.0”W x 1.75”H
Half: 5.0”W x 3.5”H
Full: 5.0”W x 7.5”H

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