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 17th 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 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.
Click here to ring our 1860 steeple bell.
Thank You All For Your Support Of Our Stained Glass And Steeple Projects.
Steeplejack working atop crane on our ninety foot tower
Fr. Francis blessing our new steeple cross with St. Thomas student choir
|Our 90 ft. tall steeple was weakened 60 years ago by poorly done repairs and badly needs new siding. Funds have been raised to enable the installation of modern siding in the first quarter of 2019.|
Restoration Of Our 118 Year Old Stained Glass Window Treasures
|Eleven of our thirteen windows, most of them originally created in Munich Germany in 1898, have been restored to their original magnificence and preserved for all generations to come.|