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Rosemont College Welcomes Pope Francis to Philadelphia

Pope Francis, a Latin American male, waving and smiling, in all white with blue sky in the background 

Thanks to the generosity of two alumnae and their families, Rosemont College is participating in the historic 2015 World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia from September 22nd to 27th. Over twenty faculty, staff, students, and alumni are volunteering for the Conference or attending the week’s events and the Papal visit, thanks to the gifts that are underwriting the costs of attendance and transportation. Others who cannot attend the events will join together with other members of the College community on Saturday, September 26th and Sunday, September 27th to view the Festival of Families and Papal Mass on the Parkway from the comfort of the Rotwitt Theater.

In addition, several courses tied to the World Meeting of Families will be taught at Rosemont. In the Undergraduate College, Professor Michelle Moravac of the History Department is teaching a class entitled “History of the Family in America” in the fall semester and Professor Jennifer Jackson of the Religious Studies Department taught “Introduction to Catholic Thought” this summer and used the World Meeting of Families as a central focus. The Forum, the College’s non-credit program, will offer “Remembering, Revisiting, and Reconsidering Vatican II” taught by Helen McDevitt Smith this fall.

Rosemont College will also be featured in a documentary being produced by History Making Productions for the World Meeting of Families. The Urban Trinity Project will chronicle Catholic Philadelphia through the decades and will feature the College and our Chapel of the Immaculate Conception, unique in its depiction of female saints and women of the Church, including our own Cornelia Connelly, founder of the SHCJ and a native Philadelphian. The 3-part documentary will debut at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia on September 23rd and be aired on Channel 6 ABC in the weeks leading up to the World Meeting of Families.

We invite all alumni to join with the College in prayer and thanksgiving for the opportunity for Rosemont’s community to participate in this once-in-a-lifetime event to host millions from around the globe for the World Meeting of Families and to welcome Pope Francis to Philadelphia.

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Impact on Campus

In anticipation of transportation difficulties attending the activities around the World Meeting of Families and the arrival of Pope Francis, Rosemont College will be closed on this Friday, September 25.

All scheduled classes will be cancelled. All offices will be closed. Essential personnel as designated are expected to report. Should any employees need guidance with regard to their individual status for this day, please check with supervisors.

A reminder that Rosemont Downtown, the College's Center City campus located on Broad Street at Samson Street, will be closed from Thursday, September 24th until Monday, September 28th.  Normal operations will resume on Tuesday, September 29th. 

The College will assess area traffic conditions early the morning of Monday, September 28th.  Any changes or delays to the regular operating schedule will be communicated as they would be for a snow-emergency, via e2campus, the College website, voicemail, and KYW 1060 AM.

All of us hope you will take advantage of the available opportunities to participate in this unique event in the life of our campus and greater community.