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Chestnut Hill College Featured in Documentary about History of Catholicism in Philadelphia

Chestnut Hill College Featured in Documentary about History of Catholicism in Philadelphia

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History Making Productions, the Philadelphia-based Emmy award-winning documentary film production company behind Philadelphia: The Great Experiment, will air its newest documentary, Urban Trinity: The Story of Catholic Philadelphia, exclusively on WPVI-TV/6 ABC, Tuesday at 7 p.m. and this Sunday, Sept. 27, at midnight. Beginning Sept. 28, the film will also be available online at and

The groundbreaking three-part film, chronicles the rich history of Catholicism in Philadelphia and explores the city’s rooted traditions through the story of Catholic immigrants who shaped and changed the city. Urban Trinity explores the history, experiences, challenges, sorrows and triumphs of the unique Catholic communities and parishes that have made a lasting impact on the landscape of the Philadelphia region for the past three centuries.

Featured in the film are the Sisters of Saint Joseph, including most notably, Sister Maria Kostka Logue, who presided as dean when Mount St. Joseph College (now Chestnut Hill), first opened its doors back in 1924. Sister Logue wrote the book, “Sisters of Saint Joseph of Philadelphia: A Century of Growth and Development, 1847-1947” and was influential in the impact the Sisters of Saint Joseph and their congregational mission had on the city of Philadelphia. The early origins as well as some historical photography of the College are also featured.

Also included as contributing scholars are those with CHC connections, David Contosta, Ph.D., history and political science professor, and Mary Ellen O’Donnell, former assistant professor of religious studies.

For more information, visit the Urban Trinity official website.

Marilee Gallagher '14


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