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Saint Augustine Parish Gala to Raise Money to Preserve Historic Church


Saint Augustine Parish will hold a premier Gala in support of its Capital Campaign seeking to raise funds for preservation of its historic church building. Mr. Jay Wright, 6a00d8341bf7d953ef017c32c6a3f9970b-200wiVillanova Men’s Basketball Head Coach, will serve as the keynote speaker and Mr. Jim Murray, former Eagles General Manager, will be the master of ceremonies and auctioneer.  

The Gala, sponsored by Villanova University, will include a cocktail reception, dinner, a behind-the-scenes tour of the new Finneran Pavilion, and an auction of memorabilia from the Philadelphia Eagles, Villanova Basketball, various autographed sports items, and more.

Saturday, June 1, 2019
5:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.
Villanova University’s Finneran Pavilion
800 East Lancaster Avenue
Villanova, PA 19085
Saint Augustine Roman Catholic Church, located at 4th and Vine Streets in Old City Philadelphia, is the City’s fourth-oldest Catholic Church. It has a rich history with deep roots in the Philadelphia community. Villanova University grew into existence from the original Saint Augustine Academy. Additionally, the first Philadelphia performance of “Handel’s Messiah” was performed at the Church by the predecessors of the Philadelphia Orchestra.

The Parish embarked on its Capital Campaign in order to preserve its historic buildings and to build an enduring future for the Augustinian Friars, parishioners, and neighbors throughout Philadelphia. Proceeds from the campaign will fund critical restoration work for the facade, precious artwork, facility windows, and more.
Those interested in attending the Gala can purchase tickets via


Editor’s Note: Founded in 1796, Saint Augustine Parish presently has 620 registered families and 1,160 registered parishioners. The Church serves as an important anchor in the community, and provides space and support for a number of groups and services including; Women of Hope – an assisted living facility for women in need, Veterans Multi-Service Center for Women Programs, weekly 12-step programs, and more.

For more information about Parish and the Capital Campaign, please visit

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