Archbishop Pérez to Commission Ten New Missionaries of Mercy (September 24)

Pope Francis appointed ten new Missionaries of Mercy in June. Eleven Archdiocesan Priests serve as Missionaries of Mercy for the Church of Philadelphia.

Most Reverend Nelson J. Pérez, Archbishop of Philadelphia, will officially commission ten new Missionaries of Mercy with their mandate from the Holy See at Vespers in the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul.

Sunday, September, 24, 2023
4:30 p.m.
Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul
18th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA 19103

The commissioning of the new Missionaries of Mercy will be streamed live via the Archdiocesan Vimeo Channel ( and Archbishop Pérez’s Facebook page ( All are welcome to attend or to participate virtually.

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia announced in June that Pope Francis appointed 10 new Missionaries of Mercy for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. In total, the Holy Father has commissioned 11 missionaries for our local Church as a visible expression of the mercy of God, which is at the heart of the priesthood and all of Catholic life. Reverend Monsignor George A. Majoros, Pastor of the partnering parishes of Sacred Heart Church in Clifton Heights and Saint Charles Borromeo Church in Drexel Hill, both located in Delaware County, was the first Missionary of Mercy for the Archdiocese. He was commissioned by Pope Francis in 2016 and will continue to serve as a Missionary.

The ten new Missionaries of Mercy for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia are:

  • Reverend Kenneth C. Brabazon, Pastor of Saint Isidore Parish in Quakertown (Bucks County)
  • Reverend Matthew D. Brody, Pastor of Saint Richard Parish in Philadelphia (South Philadelphia)
  • Reverend Monsignor Francis J. Depman, Pastor of Saint Rocco Parish in Avondale (Chester County)
  • Reverend Peter J. DiMaria, Pastor of Sacred Heart Parish in Bridgeport (Montgomery County)
  • Reverend Monsignor Paul V. Dougherty, Pastor of Saint Margaret of Antioch Parish in Narberth (Montgomery County) and Chaplain of the Deaf Apostolate
  • Reverend Monsignor Joseph P. Duncan, Pastor of Saint Patrick Parish in Malvern (Chester County)
  • Reverend Douglas M. McKay, Rector of the Malvern Retreat House in Malvern (Chester County) and Chaplain of Our House Ministries in Philadelphia (Grays Ferry)
  • Reverend Augustus C. Puleo, Faculty Member and Director of the English Language Program and Spanish Program (ESL) at Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary in Wynnewood
  • Reverend Christopher B. Rogers, Pastor of Saint Patrick Parish in Kennett Square (Chester County)
  • Reverend Charles Zlock, Pastor of Saint Raymond of Peñafort Parish in Philadelphia (Cedarbrook)

Missionaries of Mercy are available, upon invitation, to help facilitate pastoral initiatives that focus on conversion and divine mercy, with a particular attention given to the Sacrament of Reconciliation. They have also been given the authority of the Holy Father to absolve in his name certain sins that are ordinarily only forgiven by the Pope. These specific types of sins are commonly known as sins “reserved to the Holy See.”