Saint Stephen Orthodox Cathedral

8598 Verree Road, Philadelphia, PA 19111
Phone: (215) 745-3232
Orthodox Church in America (OCA)

St. Stephen’s traces its roots back to St. Michael’s Russian Orthodox Greek Catholic Church, which was founded in 1909 and located in Northern Liberties at 4th and Fairmount Streets in Philadelphia. In 1968, the members of the parish purchased two and a half acres of ground on Verree Road from the Sisters of the House of the Good Shepherd and built a rectory on the grounds in 1969. In 1970, the parish incorporated as The Committee of and for a Metropolia Church and services moved to St. Gabriel’s Episcopal Church at Front and the Boulevard.

During the period of worship at St. Gabriel’s, the congregation chose St. Stephen The Protomartyr as its patron saint and ground was broken for construction two years later in October 1973. The first Liturgy in the newly completed main church was held on August 17, 1974, and the consecration and dedication was held on September 7, 1974. In October of 2005, St. Stephen’s Cathedral was a place of official installation of the ruling Hierarch, His Grace Bishop Tikhon. The parish is located in Northeast Philadelphia next to the beautiful Pennypack Park. St. Stephen’s has become a vibrant Orthodox Christian community with many parishioners coming from Philadelphia as well as from neighboring counties in PA and NJ.

Divine Liturgy is celebrated in Slavonic every Sunday at 8:30 a.m. The hours are read in English and confessions heard every Sunday at 9:40 a.m. followed by Divine Liturgy at 10:00 a.m. in English. Vespers are celebrated every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday at 7:00 p.m.

Services are in English or Slavonic.