We, the Catholic Community of St. Robert Bellarmine, accept the responsibility as Christians to further Christ’s mission to proclaim the Good News, to live in fellowship with others, and to serve the needs of those around us.
With faith and hope in Jesus Christ, we pledge to renew ourselves and to make a difference in the world.
St. Robert Bellarmine Parish was founded on Friday May 31, 1968. It was formed entirely from St. Joseph Parish, Warrington. The founding pastor, Father Michael Marley, had a fifteen acre plot of land at Euclid Avenue and Carriage Way, two streets which were not connected at the time.
The first Masses were held in St. Joseph’s Church. The first Sunday Masses held outside St. Joseph’s were held in the Barn Cinema Movie complex, on July 7, 1968 on Route 611, Doylestown.
Ground breaking Ceremonies for the new Church/Hall took place on July 27, 1969. The structure was dedicated on December 5, 1970.
The current Church was built under the leadership of Father James Cassidy. It was dedicated on October 31,1982. The old Church/Hall was converted into a larger hall and four classrooms were built for the Religious Education classes.
St. Robert’s congregation has grown from slightly more than 300 families to over 2,300. We have experienced an average net increase of 70 families per year. Most of the new families are young with children. Over 60 infant Baptisms take place each year.
Our Parish Religious Education program now has over 500 children, with over 270 children in our consolidated St. Joseph/St. Robert school. In the late 1990’s our pastor at that time, Msgr. Joseph Kane, was the guiding force behind our $3 million Capital Campaign to create better facilities for our Parish Religious Education, the school and various parish organizations. Our Parish Education Center was dedicated on September 11, 1999.
On June 26, 2005, Msgr. James D. Beisel was installed by Cardinal Justin Rigali as the fourth Pastor of St Robert’s parish.
On October 8, 2006, the Shrine to St. Joseph the Worker was dedicated. The shrine was erected to honor our third pastor Msgr. Joseph Kane.
In 2006, the St. Vincent de Paul Society – St. Robert Bellarmine Conference was formed to help with those in our area who are in need of financial assistance.
In 2008, we completed the renovations to the Hall Kitchen and Bathrooms. The Hall was repainted, the floor from St. Joseph University was installed. Upgrades to the sound system and improvements to the acoustics were made. In the Church, the pews were refurbished and a new sound system was installed.
On June 1, 2008, the Closing Mass for our 40th Anniversary was celebrated by Bishop Joseph Mc Fadden. At our closing dinner, Bellarmine Hall was rededicated in honor of our founding pastor Msgr. Michael Marley as Monsignor Marley Hall.
In September 2008, all the students of St. Joseph/St. Robert School began to attend classes in our Parish Education Center.
The History of our Parish is much more than dates and numbers. The history of the Parish is the living faith of its parishioners, the on-going journey of the faithful to reach the promises of Christ.