WHO WE ARE
Aquinas Center is an affiliated organization of St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church. Separately incorporated with a governing board of directors, Aquinas Center operates in the former parish convent, which was re-purposed in 2013 to respond to the community’s desire for a welcoming space to offer mutual support and foster shared understanding across boundaries of class, race, ethnicity, language and geographic distance. The center works in close collaboration with the parish communities and the Independence Mission School on the parish campus.
WHAT WE DO
Over 550 children, youth, and adults walk through the doors each week for activities ranging from Encounter experiences to community organizing to immigration legal services to English classes. Some of these programs are weekly, repeat annually, or are standalone workshops. Valued program partners such as Catholic Social Services, Bethanna, La Puerta Abierta, Girl Scouts, the University of Pennsylvania, and Al Anon offer their specialized services at our site. Programs and collaborative activities are thoughtfully considered before being offered.
Community input, culturally competent leadership, and a social justice dimension are key factors in determining how a program intervention is designed and implemented. We seek to be mindful of how we can creatively and intentionally foster what Pope Francis calls the Culture of Encounter. Funding for our mission comes from three sources: program income, grants, and private donations. Please note that the Aquinas Center is not available for private rentals like birthday parties.
Visit the Aquinas Center’s webpage: www.aquinascenterphilly.org or call 267-702-3454. Email inquiries can be directed to Encounter@aquinascenterphilly.org.