Background

Church Built 1852 - 1856.  Cornerstone dedicated by Bishop St. John Neumann.  Click here to ring our 1860 steeple bell.

Church Built 1852 – 1856. Cornerstone dedicated by Bishop St. John Neumann. Click here to ring our 1860 steeple bell.

That the Catholic parish of Saint Thomas the Apostle continues to flourish in the twenty-first century testifies to the strength of William Penn’s pioneering seventeenth-century vision of a “Holy Experiment” in religious toleration.  St. Thomas’ Quaker and Anglican neighbors shared his vision and along with many others have since continued to participate willingly in the experiment.  The Friends of Old Saint Thomas (FOST) was established in order to increase the understanding that what has happened at St. Thomas over the centuries continues to bear strongly on the faith and tolerance of the parish and of the wider community today.
    The mission of the Friends of Old St. Thomas is  to restore and preserve the old church and its nearby buildings in our historic district, a significant connection with our past, and to foster awareness of the historical experience of St. Thomas the Apostle parish, the oldest Roman Catholic parish in Pennsylvania.