The Philo and Young Catholic Professionals presents Jim & Jacki Delaney on February 16, 2023
Please join us for the kick-off for the 2023 Philo Speaker Series - this is "gratis" to attend for all members and invited guests. We are excited to partner with Young Catholic Professionals (YCP) on hosting this special gathering.

We are delighted to have Jim & Jacki Delaney as our speakers for a discussion on their experiences involved in supporting Catholic causes in multiple leadership & board roles.

Jim Delaney is the founder & past CEO of J.G. Wentworth and a current Philo board member. Jacki Delaney is the Immediate Past Chair of the Malvern Retreat House. Collectively, both have sat on numerous local boards in support of Catholic causes and will share their experiences.

Light food will be served, as well as cash bar available.

We are requesting RSVPs in advance for planning purposes.

Our special gathering will kick off @ 6:30pm with a social hour.
The Stotesbury Mansion
1923 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147
Date & Time
February 16, 2023, 6:30 PM - 9:00PM
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.

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