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Introduction

Saint Francis de Sales United in the Most Blessed Sacrament is a Catholic Church located at 47th St. and Springfield Avenue in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, not too far from the University of the Sciences and the University of Pennsylvania. Founded in 1890, the parish initially served Irish and German immigrants who were settling in Southwest Philadelphia.. The church building was constructed between 1907 and 1911. Today, its  Byzantine-Romanesque architecture and imposing polychrome Guastavino dome are a local landmark and an anchor in a diverse and vibrant historic neighborhood.

The people who built the church, long ago, also built the community around it. These are some of their stories and the stories of the people who came after them. Hope you enjoy them!

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