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National Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa to welcome Father Dennis Gill into Pauline Confraternity

National Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa to welcome Father Dennis Gill into Pauline Confraternity

The Pauline Fathers and Brothers will welcome Father Dennis Gill, rector of the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, into a special confraternity that includes others of international renown in recognition of his devotion to Our Lady on 16 January 2024.

Among many religious orders which are present in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, there is one that is recognized as the stewards of the Holy Icon of Our Lady known as the “Black Madonna.”  These stewards are known as The Order of Saint Paul the First Hermit, and also as The Order of Pauline Fathers and Brothers ( The Paulines wear white habits and are spiritual sons of Saint Paul of Thebes, who was born in the third century (AD 227) and is now recognized as the first hermit in the Christian tradition. Approved by the Holy See in the 13th century, The Pauline Fathers live today according to the rule of Saint Augustine of Hippo and devote themselves primarily to prayer and pastoral work in churches scattered almost all over the world.

Over the years, many lay people began to participate in the mission and charism of the Order. Seeing this desire of the people, the Pauline Fathers established the Pauline Confraternity to raise an informal association of benefactors and friends of the Order. According to the constitutions of the Order, members of this confraternity can be both men and women, regardless of age or marital status.

In the past centuries, people from all the states of life were admitted to the Confraternity: kings, cardinals, bishops, peasants and burghers. Today the confraternity is an important element of the Order’s mission. Confraters are contributing their own spiritual talents and help the Pauline Brothers and Fathers to fulfill their mission.

All members of the Confraternity are treated by the Order almost like monks. They participate in the spiritual goods that are the fruit of monastic practices, as well as in the indulgence privileges of the Pauline Fathers. Confreres have the right to wear the Pauline habit and to be welcomed in all our monasteries.

Among the most famous confreres of the Order are Polish Prince St. Casimir, (who became the patron of the confraternity), Blessed Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński, Francis Cardinal George of Chicago and John Cardinal Krol who had served the Archdiocese of Philadelphia for 27 years.

From the very beginning of the arrival of the first monks in America, the mission of the Order enjoyed great support, both spiritual and material, from many people. By their exceptional commitment to the mission of the Order, some are invited by the General Definitory to join the Confraternity, which in the U.S. currently includes Justin Cardinal Rigali, Archbishop Thomas Wensky, Rev. Ted Dzieszko, Dr. Jan Jaworski and Mr. Marek Jaczynski.

On Jan. 16, 2024, the Order will celebrate the patronal feast day of Saint Paul the First Hermit and officially welcome Rev. Gerald Dennis Gill to the Confraternity. Father Gill is a venerator (a devotee) of Our Lady and an outstanding friend of the National Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa. He is currently Rector and Pastor of the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul and Director of the Office for Divine Worship of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.

Father Gill was ordained a priest May 21, 1983 for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. He served as a parochial vicar at Nativity of Our Lord Parish, Warminster, and at Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish, Southampton. Father Gill completed his graduate studies in the Sacred Liturgy at the Catholic University of America in Washington DC and the Pontifical Liturgical Institute of Saint Anselmo in Rome. After his graduate studies he served a five-year term as the Director of Liturgy at the Pontifical North American College in Vatican City State. He has been and continues as a professor of Sacred Liturgy at Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary. He lectures on the Sacred Liturgy throughout the country and recently published a book, “Music in Catholic Liturgy: A Pastoral and Theological Companion to Sing to the Lord.” He recently completed the book, “Ars Celebrandi: An Artful and Careful Celebration of the Eucharist,” for Hillenbrand Books.

All devotees and friends of the Our Lady are invited to attend this unique and special celebration at the National Shrine, 654 Ferry Road, Doylestown on Tuesday, Jan. 16 at 11:30 a.m.


For more information contact: Father Bogdan Olzacki: