Dear Friends through Saint Philomena
Become a part of our international “Family of Saint Philomena”
THE UNIVERSAL ARCHCONFRATERNITY OF Saint Philomena
Msgr. Braschi, Rector of the Sanctuary of Saint Philomena, loves this “Family” of his Little Saint and invites you to join them. The Universal Archconfraternity has been functioning since May, 1912 when Saint Pius X raised the venerable Archconfraternity of Saint Philomena to the Universal Archconfraternity. It is the one organization that includes all others devoted to the devotion and promotion of Saint Philomena.
Saint Pius X explained his reason in his Apostolic Brief “PiasFideliumSocietates”,
“We decree that the following scripture shall be stable, valid and effective, now and always and that it shall receive and obtain its full and whole effects, and so it has to be regularly judged and defined, and if it proceeds in any other way, it will be null and without any value, whatever the authority…”
One of the privileges of becoming a member is that on the second Friday of each month the Sanctuary of Saint Philomena is completely dedicated to the “Family”. Prayers for the family are offered, beginning at a Holy Mass celebrated at the Sacred Altar where the Body of Saint Philomena is enshrined.
Please take a moment to read what the Universal Archconfraternity of Saint Philomena is and what we do.
The Universal Archconfraternity of Saint Philomena is an international, worldwide movement of the faithful devoted to Saint Philomena the Wonder Worker and Virgin Martyr, along with promoting the love of Our Lord Jesus Christ and His Holy Mother the Virgin Mary. Individual groups, located worldwide, promote this devotion to Saint Philomena and support the work of the Sanctuary of Saint Philomena.
The official website www.philomenafamily.com was created to keep viewers informed of important happenings regarding Saint Philomena’s devotion. And also to deliver a simple truth, the truth that Saint Philomena exemplified almost 1750 years ago. We seek to inform others of the paramount importance of the way Saint Philomena chose to live a life of Heroic Christian Purity – to honor her promise of Chastity to Our Lord Jesus Christ.
Saint Philomena, if she had so chosen, could have become the Empress of Rome, the highest position of wealth, power and influence imaginable. Yet she chose to forsake materialism, ego and pride. Her example and message of Heroic Christian Purity is immensely important to the youth of our time. This child Saint was allowed by God to be kept hidden in the catacombs until the moment He knew she would be needed most. The world has great need of her unselfish example NOW. There is work to be done and no time to waste.
Behold, your mother” (John 19:27). At the cross Jesus makes Mary the Mother of us all, crowned with twelve stars. (Revelation 12:1) She is Queen of heaven and earth and sits beside Jesus as our intercessor.
Saint Philomena is the model of purity and humility and we strive to follow as her daughters and sons in Jesus Christ. The worldwide family Saint Philomena is united in “doing whatever Jesus tells us” (John 2:5) as our Mother proclaimed at the Wedding at Cana. She lovingly comes to us and leads us to Jesus.
In 1912 Pope Pius X renewed his blessing to the Work of Saint Philomena with the following touching words, “For the beloved members of the Archconfraternity of Saint Philomena and of the Blessed Jean Marie Vianney, with the fervent wish that, for the intercession of the One or the Other, our Lord will be prodigal with his greatest graces for all. We cordially send the Apostolic Blessing.”
The Rector of the Sanctuary of Saint Philomena in Mugnano del Cardinale is the Spiritual Director of the Archconfraternity as the Sanctuary is the site of the Spiritual Headquarters of the Archconfraternity. The Operational Headquarters for the Archconfraternity is in Scotland, under the direction of Director Marie Burns. This location takes care of the practical work connected to running a large organization. In this way, the Sanctuary may concentrate solely on Spiritual work.
If the Holy Spirit touches your heart and you would like to help form a
center of devotion for Saint Philomena, please contact us.
Through the intercession of Saint Philomena V.M.
Family of Saint Philomena
Universal Archconfraternity of Saint Philomena Director