Diocese: Albanian Archdiocese
Deanery: Mid-Atlantic Deanery
237 N 17th St
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103-1292
From Route 95 North or South
Get onto Route 676 [Vine Street Expressway] heading West, get off at the North 15th Street exit, go South on North 15th Street, turn right onto Vine Street, turn left onto North 17th Street [one way], St. John’s is on your left.
Interstate 76 [Schuykill expressway] to Interstate 676 [Vine Street
Get off at Broad Street exit, left onto Broad Street North, go three blocks, turn left onto Wood Street, turn left onto North 15th Street, turn right onto Vine Street, turn left onto North 17th Street [one way], St. John’s is on your left.
Interstate 76 [Schuykill expressway] to Springarden exit
Go to Art Museum and Benjamin Franklin Parkway, turn right onto Logan Circle/Logan Square, after you pass in front of Sts. Peter and Paul RC Cathedral turn right on Vine Street, go one block to 17th Street, turn right [it is one way south], St. John’s is on your left.
Schedule of Services
English is used during all Divine Services with a touch of Albanian in most Services.
6:00 PM Vespers.
10:00 AM Divine Liturgy (refreshments follow).
6:00 PM Vesperal Liturgy.
Eves of Great Feasts
7:00 PM Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts [followed by potluck dinner and discussion]
Wednesday Evenings in Great Lent
Confessions are heard before or after Divine Liturgy, before of after Vespers, or by appointment.
Please call Fr. Matthew or the Church Office for schedule of services, or to set dates and times for Baptisms, Marriages, Memorials, Services of Healing (Holy Unction), House Blessings, Adult Education, Hospital or Home Visitation.
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In the early 1900’s, thousands of Albanians emigrated from their homeland to the United States. As a result St. John Chrysostom Albanian Orthodox Church was established in its present building in 1931 through the efforts of Fr. Mark Kondili. Prior to that the faithful had worshipped in a Serbian Orthodox Church and even a saloon. The present structure, built in 1848 was designed by noted architect, Napolean LeBrun who also had designed St. Peter and Paul’s Cathedral across the street. Originally St. John’s was the “Episcopal Church of the Epiphany”. In 1947, after incorporation, the Orthodox Community bought the building for $25,000.
In the early 50’s the annual budget was around $2000. In 1957 English was used once a month. During the 60’s continued growth and activity—the Sunday School had 100 students—marked St. John’s as a “community” Church. In the 70’s the “Franklin Town” neighborhood restructuring stripped away the private homes forcing the parish to face new challenges. In 1990, after years of Communism and the brutal suppression of the Orthodox Faith, Albanian emigration to the United States and the Philadelphia area presented St. John’s with new families. Seemingly overnight, the aging congregation doubled with young Albanian families.
Since 1931 twelve priests have served St. John’s which is a parish of the Albanian Archdiocese [Boston] within the OCA [Orthodox Church in America] under Metropolitan Herman.
Today St. John’s is very much a “family parish” with approximately 200 family units. The last several years have shown an upward trend in Sunday School to 70 this year. The mission thrust exists on three fronts: the present families, the immediate neighborhood and the “New American-Albanian families.” Although its families live throughout the Greater Philadelphia area, St. John Chrysostom Albanian Orthodox Church is a community committed to the witness of God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit and the fullness of the Orthodox Faith in the City of Philadelphia.