The following letter appeared in the Commemorative Booklet for the St. Bridget Social:
Dear Friends of St. Bridget,
“Pope Francis is coming to Philadelphia!” several times now we’ve heard or read those words excitedly reported in the news. Although not official confirmed by the Vatican, it’s all but certain that the Holy Father will be coming to our beloved city as part of the tri-annual World Meeting of Families, taking place next September 22 – 27, 2015.
The theme for this Vatican sponsored event is, Love is Our Mission: The Family Fully Alive which is inspired by the early Church Father, St. Irenaeus who said, “the Glory of God is man fully alive.” The glory of men and women is their capacity to love as God loves, and no better means exists to teach the meaning of love than the family.
Pope Francis certainly inspires this theme. He embodies the message of mercy, joy and love at the heart of the Gospel. Having the Holy Father visit Philadelphia will be a great celebration for our whole Archdiocese, if not for the whole United States of America.
This theme, Love is Our Mission: The Family Fully Alive also captures the reason we gather this evening for this annual Friends of St. Bridget Awards celebration. The people we honor this evening, Mrs. Mary Beth Malloy, Mr. & Mrs. Francis & Julianne Sullivan, Ms. Eleanor Kip, Mr. Phil Morris, Ms. Nina Straface and Sister Anne Mc Coy, SSJ, present or former members of our St. Bridget parish family, generously and joyfully share their time, talent and treasure. They help St. Bridget’s parish to fulfill its mission to give glory to God.
We honor and thank these good people so representative of the great family spirit found at St. Bridget’s. At the heart of who we are as a parish is a Mission of Love. Love for Jesus, love for our catholic faith and love for our beloved St. Bridget’s – which is so fully alive thanks to the good people who form our parish family community.
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Rev. Joseph Devlin,