My name is Fr. Carlos Keen and I am the Parochial Administrator of this beautiful Parish and community. I'm here by the grace of the Holy Spirit and the invitation of Archbishop Charles J. Chaput along with the members of my community, Sodalitium Christianae Vitae. Our Sodalit spirituality is deeply Marian - "from Jesus to Mary and from Mary back to Jesus."

St. James was the first Catholic Church on the west side of the Schuylkill River, founded 1850. St. Agatha, 3813 Spring Garden Street,  was founded shortly thereafter in 1865. In 1976 after St. Agatha suffered a second fire the two churches were incorporated into St. Agatha-St. James. 

Our doors are open to all who choose to embrace Christ with us. 
We are home to the Alpha Newman Center – the first Newman Center in the United States founded in 1913 as the Newman Center of the University of Pennsylvania. This was followed by the Drexel Newman Center at 33 S. 33rd Street. When the Drexel Newman Center closed, our Newman Catholic Center became home to all local university students.

From Christ to Mary, and through Mary more fully to the Lord Jesus

Fr. Carlos Keen, SCV
Pastor & Newman Center Chaplain


Patrick Travers, SCV
Director of Newman Ministries


Carole Tokarczyk
Parish Administrator
(267) 787-5000 ext. 1


Matt Smith
Business Manager


Missy Elwell
Administrative Assistant


Carolyn Shields
Communications Coordinator


Michael Gokie, SCV
Drexel Campus Minister


Abigail Gorman
Drexel Campus Minister

Dcn. Remigio Morales, SCV
Director of Spirituality

Julie O’Donnell

Development Coordinator

Marisa March
Academic Director

Leonardo Negrini, SCV
Outreach Coordinator

Gregory Tokarczyk
Facilities Coordinator

John Ortega
Development & Communications Intern