Is the Future of St. John the Baptist in Jeopardy?

Parishioners have established a committee to save the church after rumors that it is closing began swirling.

St. John the Baptist Church (Credit: Patrick M. Hildebrandt of the Philadelphia Church Project)
St. John the Baptist Church (Credit: Patrick M. Hildebrandt of the Philadelphia Church Project)

Parishioners at the historic St. John the Baptist Church have launched an effort to ensure their church, the oldest of its kind in Manayunk, is around for years to come.

Rumors regarding the church’s future have been swirling, according to a report in the Roxborough Review. That report said a team of engineers has been hired to study what can be done to fix the church, which is the oldest Catholic church in town.

A “Save St. John the Baptist Church” Facebook page was created in late March. The page, according to its description, was created by a committee of “concerned” lifelong St. John the Baptist community members who want to ensure the church remains open. 

"St. John the Baptist Church, Manayunk’s Cathedral, has been a cornerstone of our town for over 175 years," the Facebook page states.

They describe the church as “a beacon of faith and tradition to many.”

According to the Roxborough Review, those parishioners have established a committee to work on preserving the church.  A Parish-wide meeting regarding the future of the church is planned, that article stated.

Todd April 10, 2014 at 07:18 PM
Tear it down! Put up a Wendy's!
rich April 11, 2014 at 06:58 AM
Louise Fischer April 11, 2014 at 10:30 AM
I think Todd was being satirical. We all are a little exhausted trying to keep developers who have no interest in our community from coming in and destroying the character of our neighborhood, cleaning litter left behind from weekend frat parties, and getting after absentee landlords who don't maintain their properties and trash collections. Thank You for all who do participate in the interest of our neighborhoods and work so hard in improving our local schools.


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