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St. Stanislaus BM Parish

240 Fitzwater St.
Philadelphia, PA 19147
Founded 1891
Closed 2006



Parish History

"Under the leadership of capable pastors and with the collaboration of the parishioners, St. Stanislaus parish prospered for many decades as a parish for people of Polish language and heritage.  St. Stanislaus” fine parish school was built in 1906 and was faithfully staffed by the Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth from 1891 to 1982.

The construction of Interstate 95, which caused the relocation of many parishioners and changing demographics over the last few decades led to a steady decline in the numbers of parishioners.  The area of South Philadelphia, just south of center city, which had long been a working class neighborhood with a large Catholic population of Poles, Irish, Lithuanians, Italians, and Germans.  Dwindling enrollment led to the closure of the school in 1982.  

The Queen Village neighborhood where St. Stanislaus Church is located, because of its close proximity to center city, has become a desirable area for young professionals to live.  It now embraces a much more diverse population than it did in the past.   On July 1, 2006, St. Stanislaus Church became a worship site of St. Philip Neri Parish.  St. Stanislaus Church remains a place where Mass is celebrated and cherished Polish devotions and customs are continued, while at the same time, it is now part of our increasing vibrant parish community."

Source: Parish Website

Sixty-Second Jubilee and Dedication of Renovated Church St. Stanislaus BM, Philadelphia, PA, February 15, 1953.

Pamiętnik Jubileuszowy 25 lat Pracy Kapłańskiej Ks. Jana J. Sieleckiego, Proboszcza Parafii Św. Stanisława BM, Philadelphia, PA. 23 maja, 1948.

History of St. Stanislaus Church. Parish Website.

So Proudly We Hail the Veterans St. Stanislaus Parish, Philadelphia, PA. September 25, 1946.

St. Stanislaus Church - Philadelphia Church Project.

Golden Jubilee St. Stanislaus BM Parish 1891-1941, Philadelphia, PA. CAP at Orchard Lake.

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