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The Martin de Porres Foundation seeks to empower the African-American/Black Catholic community and encourage black leadership within the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.


Black Priest Gets Top Honor From Catholic School

For the first time since its inception a decade ago, the Gesu School Spirit Medal will be bestowed on an African American.

This year, the board decided to honor the Rev. Stephen D. Thorne for his commitment of aiding North Philadelphia children and bolstering charitable efforts for Gesu, now an independent Catholic school outside the Archdiocese of Philadelphia educational umbrella.

Father Thorne is one of only five African-American Catholic priests in the Philadelphia Archdiocese. He has been mentoring the “Boys to Men” program at the school, providing eighth-graders with life and education skills. Read More


Article for St. Martin de Porres Newsletter
by Yvette Palmer

Pope Francis defines “missionary disciples in communion ”as our lay vocation. They are those who are converters of Jesus, who share the life of Jesus and spread his joy, life and love to those who have not yet come into his communion. Read More