Sunday, September 01, 2013

Calling all Catholic Homeys from the Philadelphia Archdiocese and beyond!

http://catholicphilly.com/2013/08/local-news/events/st-francis-st-joseph-homes-alums-plan-anniversary-party/


How many boys can YOU identify?

St. Vincents Tacony, St. John's Orphan Asylum for Boys, West Philadelphia,   St. Joseph's House for Homeless and Industrious Boys, North Philadelphia, AKA The Hut, St Francis Vocational School Eddington, (St. Francis-St. Joseph Home)  alums plan anniversary party.  We also invite any women survivors from homes or orphanges for girls,  like from St. Joseph's Gonzaga Home - Gemantown, St. Margaret's, and the Catholic Home for Destitute Girls 29th and Allegheny Ave.  

Alumni of St. Francis-St. Joseph Homes for Children will celebrate the 125th anniversary of the founding of what were then separate institutions on Sunday, Sept. 8, rain or shine, at the main campus, Route 13 and Street Road, Bensalem. Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. followed by a picnic.

St. Francis was founded in 1888 by Elizabeth, (St.) Katharine and Louise Drexel as St. Francis Industrial School, a vocational training facility for adolescent boys who aged out of the former St. John’s Orphan Asylum.

St. Joseph’s House for Industrious Boys was founded approximately the same time by Father Eugene V. McElhone with a similar mission, but initially accepting homeless adolescent boys straight from the streets of Philadelphia.

The two institutions have operated as a single institution on the Bensalem campus and in community-based group homes since 1998. At this point St. Francis-St. Joseph is virtually the last man standing of what once was a huge archdiocesan network of residential homes for non-delinquent children at risk.
The St. Francis-St. Joseph alumni invite former residents of all the former homes to the celebration.

For more information contact:

Dick Kolb -Circa -  1945-1951  Phone: 856-303-1463  or
John J Bangert - Circa - 1953-1966   Phone: 508-514-0143 Email: jjbangert@gmail.com

5 comments:

Renee Mckinney said...

Poor boys is all I can say

Renee Mckinney said...

Saint johns was a nightmare to all boys. How could God allow that. Saint Francis was a good environment for men that supported them.

Renee Mckinney said...

Saint johns was a nightmare to all boys. How could God allow that. Saint Francis was a good environment for men that supported them.

Renee Mckinney said...

Poor boys is all I can say

Lori said...

My name is Lori Williams. I have sat here and cried for the past two hours. It's almost 3 am on 4/14/18. My father was Joseph Landman. He was placed in St. Johns I'm unsure of the exact years. Later released to his Aunt Maculata and Uncle John. I am 48 yrs old and have never forgotten the stories my father told me. At times I thought they were exaggerated. It took my father till I was almost 18 to confront his mother, my grandmother, now deceased,to ask why she did that to him. Keeping the other children with her. My father would have nightmares from what he seen. He passed away in 2009, he was 60 years old and never forgot Angel. My father was born in 1949 in Philadelphia, Nazareth Hospital. He was placed very early and was there for awhile. I was thinking about him recently and came across several threads that I could not stop reading...with tears flowing down my face. If anyone knew my father, Joseph Landman, I would love to hear from you. These stories haunted him all his life. My father had a best friend at the home his name was Angel. My father said they both stuck together so they could deal with the horrors that they seen. Angel passed away, supposedly, at the home, because of neglect and abuse. My father said he was murdered. I never pressured him to tell me why he felt he was murdered, I just knew it was from being beat on and he was sick. I had a daughter in 1997, I named her, Angelina, we call her Angel. I did that after talking to my father one night and hearing the abuse he went through. I pray for everyone who has been affected.