Come join Philo members, family and friends for our Annual President's Reception - a highly social event that serves as the kick-off for The Philo year.
The event will feature buffet lunch, open bar, live music and a brief program.
The reception starts at 2pm on September 18th at the Stotesbury Mansion in Rittenhouse Square. We will welcome our officers / board for 2022, recognize our new members and highlight our Foundation scholarship awardees.
Foundation Awardees / College Representatives are waived for ticket price. For members & accompanying guests, the ticket price is nominal. We have also included a special ticket price for non-members that includes 1 year of membership.
P.S. - The Eagles play on Monday night football this week on September 19th (no conflict) and will have the other NFL games on in our 1850 bar during the event.
Stotesbury Mansion 1923 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19103
Date & Time
September 18, 2022 2PM Start
What is the Catholic Philopatrian Literary Institute?
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.