Saint Colman Church

Ardmore, PA

Father John J. Ames, STD, MA, MDiv joins St. Colman Parish starting June 19 as our Parochial Administrator. He was ordained as a priest in 1982. In addition to his duties at St. Colman, he will be the Newman Chaplain for Bryn Mawr, Haverford, and Swarthmore Colleges.

Father Sherlock, who is now our Pastor Emeritus, has moved into Villa St. Joseph in Darby. His address is: Villa St. Joseph, 1436 Lansdowne Avenue, Darby PA 19023.

We are collecting rosaries for Africa this summer. Please bring any rosaries you would like to donate to the box in the vestibule at the rear of the Church.

Archbishop Chaput has mailed you a letter announcing the beginning of the Catholic Charities Appeal “Giving Hope to All.” Please mail your pledge card with your sacrificial gift in your envelope at your earliest convenience or drop it in the collection basket.  Visit the website:


RCIA is for the following:

-those people who do not belong to any Church and wish to become Catholics;

-those who belong to another Christian Church and wish to become Catholics;

-those who were baptized Catholic and did not receive the sacraments of initiation and wish full communion in the Catholic Church.

Please see Father Ames or Deacon Rodgers if you are interested in learning more.

Everyone who lives within our parish boundaries should be registered here.  If you are not currently receiving envelopes, you are not registered; please call the Rectory in the morning to be sure you are registered.  We are aware that some are coming to Mass here who live outside our parish boundaries.  If you wish to, you can now be registered here. Please call the Rectory in the morning or see Father Ames after Mass.

On July 22-23, we welcome Rev. Graviour Augustine, a priest from the diocese of Kohima, India, who will speak to us about his diocese. The diocese of Kohima covers the entire state of Nagaland which has a population of 2.275 million, inhabited by 15 different Naga tribes. It is a largely mountainous state in the far northeastern part of India, bordering Myanmar to the east. Agriculture is the most important economic activity.

The Catholic Church came to this area in 1948, with the Sisters of the Missionaries of Christ Jesus, who offered their service at the newly established civil hospital. Today there are about 60,000 Catholics, with 105 diocesan priests, 72 religious priests, 7 brothers and 324 women religious.

Construct a Self-Cooking Hostel for St. Peter’s School in Sanis:
Sanis is a remote village in Nagaland, and children from the nearby villages study in the Catholic School, St. Peter’s. Due to distances and lack of transport facilities, children cannot commute daily from these surrounding villages; the only option is to provide a hostel to allow students to stay in the school campus. The school is not in a position to provide them with food, so parents take turns bringing food and firewood which the children use to cook for themselves. The goal of this project is to provide students with a dormitory for sleeping, a study hall, bathroom facilities and a kitchen. The total cost of the project is high due to the high cost of transportation. Total cost of the project is $35,700. Thus, the diocese will try to bring “Development through  empowerment and Empowerment through Education and Human Formation.”

The second collection will be for the diocese of Kohima. Every parish participates in a Missionary Cooperative Appeal during the summer. We ask you to prepare a generous gift for this annual appeal to make a difference in the lives of so many Catholic families in India. May God bless you for your thoughtfulness!

Online giving is available at St. Colman.  It is quick, easy, and safe: simply click on the Online Giving logo on our home page and you will be taken to the site provided for our parish by Our Sunday Visitor.  You can either register an account so you can donate more than once, or you can use Quick Give, which is for a one-time donation. All of your information is stored off-site in a secure area: the parish staff does not have access to your bank account information or your credit card information.  We receive notice of your donation that evening, and it is credited to you as it would be if you placed money in our collection basket. Please call (610-642-0545 on weekday mornings) or email ( the Rectory if you have questions or need help getting started.