The Growth of the Philadelphia Archdiocese

New Regional Parishes

New National Parishes

Existing Regional Parishes

Existing National Parishes
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In 1950, the dogma of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary was proclaimed. It is not surprising to see a parish bearing that name appear that year.

This is also the age of "Our Lady of the Cold War." The apparation of Mary to three children at Fatima established a tradition of the Blessed Virgin warning about Communism. During the Cold War, she therefore took on a special devotional character. Thus it is also not surprizing to see many parishes named after various of Mary's titles in this and the next decade.

1950 - Assumption BVM - Feasterville
1952 - Our Lady of Charity - Brookhaven
1952 - Our Lady of Fatima - Secane
1952 - St. John Chrysostom - Wallingford
1953 - Our Lady of Help of Chrisitans - Abington
1953 - St. Francis Cabrini - Fairless Hills
1953 - St. Genevieve - Flourton
1953 - St. John Bosco - Hatboro
1953 - St. John of the Cross - Roslyn
1953 - St. Joseph - Cheltenham
1953 - St. Maria Goretti - Hatfield
1953 - St. Michael the Archangel - Levittown
1954 - Immaculate Conception BVM - Levittown
1954 - Mother of Divine Providence - King of Prussia
1954 - Our Lady of Fatima - Bensalem
1954 - Presentation BVM - Wynnewood
1954 - Queen of Peace - Ardsley
1954 - Visitation BVM - Norristown
1955 - Queen of the Universe - Levittown
1955 - St. Eugene - Primos
1955 - St. Kevin - Springfield
1955 - St. Pius X - Broomall
1956 - Nativity of Our Lord
1956 - St. Joseph the Worker - Fallington
1956 - St. Norbert - Paoli
1957 - Epiphany of Our Lord - Plymouth Meeting
1959 - Notre Dame de Lourdes - Swathmore
1959 - SS. - Phillip and James - Exton

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