Formal Recourse

On Friday, October 17, 2014 the formal Recourse in favor of restoring Saint Laurentius Church in Fishtown, Philadelphia, was sent to the Vatican and Pope Francis.  Extensive research and careful notes were submitted regarding the condition of the church, the possibility of repair, the support of the church, the sanctity of this Saint Laurentius Church and the goodness of all Catholics in our area.  Throughout this process and in the formal submission, we kept the safety of all people in mind.

The appeal has been sent.  Now, the process must be followed;  the decision is in the hands of Pope Francis and the Vatican leaders.  This might take three months.

May we keep the strength of Saint Laurentius / Saint Lawrence, a martyr burned on a gridiron for his faith, in our hearts.  And, regardless of the decision, may we find peace in knowing we followed due diligence and the search for truth in a deliberate way.

Just the Facts

Fact: The Save the Saint Laurentius Church Committee has reached out to the Pastor by phone, by visit and by email more than 5 times since August. He will meet with individual parishioners but he will not meet with our group.

Fact: Our donations and pledges to donate have reached $475,000.

Fact: The St Laurentius convent sold through a local real estate agent through an open and public process. The parish netted more than $350,000.

(opinion and fact: $475,000 + a conservative $350,000 = $825,000. Even if some families or businesses cannot complete their entire pledge, that sure seems to be close to the total amount of money needed to repair St Laurentius Church)

Fact: The Archdiocesan leaders noted that those proceeds can be used to pay back the parish debt incurred by both St. Laurentius and by Holy Name or it could be used to demolish St Laurentius church. This was several months ago. We were not physically at the meeting. This sentiment was shared through the previous pastor in several meetings.

Fact: The Canon Law process states that nothing should be done right now to St. Laurentius Church. It seems that there have been objects taken from the church including an organ.

(opinion: if we are not successful, if the church needs to be sadly torn down, then we hope that the sacred objects would to to St Laurentius parishioners or to Holy name parish or to St Laurentius School. We do not want the demolition company to be able to sell them to the highest bidder. The thing is, we just aren’t there yet. No means no. Everything should remain as is.)

Fact: There are many ways to support St. Laurentius Church. One very real way is to continue to support Holy Name parish.

Fact: We have only shared the truth.
The truth might not be easy but that does not make it a tabloid rumor or a lie.

Fact: Holy Name of Jesus has a Parish Council of 8 good people and the pastor. There is NO finance council. The previous pastor used both.
Note: There are 9 fallible humans (as we are all fallible humans capable of making a mistake) making a very big decision)

Our pastor and our parish council might not be making decisions we like but they have good hearts. Stay focused and hopeful. Let’s pray and hope they God, or Rome, will soften those hearts. In the meantime, we promise to continue to never post a lie.

We need your help – Pledge to Save St. Laurentius

Can you pledge to help save St. Laurentius Church? Are you a business owner, or do you know a business owner who is interested in helping? The time has come for us to prove that we can raise the money needed for repairs. Please consider pledging, as this is the key in our fight to save our beloved historic church. You can pledge as an individual, family or other group, or as a business.  The amount can be any amount you can afford. We are seeking annual pledges for the next 10 years. Please also consider a bequest to the Friends of St. Laurentius.

Click here to download the form

Forms can be filled out and emailed to

Or print, and mail to

Friends of St. Laurentius
1539 E Montgomery Ave
Philadelphia, PA  19125

Thursday, August 14th at 6:30pm – Please join us

On Thursday evening at 6:30 we are asking everyone in the Fishtown community who opposes the destruction of our historic church to join us for a procession. Father John has not listened to the facts, he has not met with parishioners, he has declined to meet with our committee. We will go to him so that he can see the faces that support Saving St. Laurentius Church. We will meet at York & Gaul and walk to the Holy Name Rectory. This will be a respectful procession. We want Father to see that St. Laurentius Church is MUCH more then a building to us. Please join us!

Polish Opera Concert to benefit Save St. Laurentius Church

World-famous Polish opera singer Dominika Zamara and Stanley Alexandrowicz (Classical Guitar) have graciously offered to do a recital performance to benefit the Save St. Laurentius Church fund.

Please join us for a unique cultural experience benefiting a good cause.

Tickets are $15, available at the door.

August 8th at 8:00 PM
The Associated Polish Home
9150 Academy Rd, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19114.  Directions

Here is the Event on our Facebook page