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Mater Dolorosa School Sold to Religious Group

Father Thomas Higgins, Pastor of Holy Innocents parish in Juniata Park, announced that the sale of the former Mater Dolorosa School (4256 Paul Street) and adjacent parking lots to Power Through the Word Ministry had been completed on February 5th.

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The group will use the building for worship, education and other services in support of their ministry.


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St. Joachim Convent Sold to Religious Order

Capuchin Franciscan Friars will use the property for their provincial postulancy program.

convent webFather Thomas Higgins, Pastor of Holy Innocents Parish in Juniata Park, announced last Sunday that the former St. Joachim convent of the  Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, at Church and Penn Streets, had been sold to the Capuchins.

They will relocate the Padre Pio Friary from its present location in West Philadelphia to here in Frankford over the next few months as renovations to the building are accomplished.Padre Pio

Community concern about the future reuse of this building has been growing as it sat idle and was a target for vandalism. The likelihood that it might have become a recovery or boarding house was a possibility.  The Capuchins are a good fit for the community and should be good neighbors. Welcome to Frankford, Brothers!

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