FOR CELESTE A. Morello, a local historian who has applied for historical markers at various sites in the area for two decades, Old St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church, in Society Hill, had the significance worthy of such an honor:
It's the oldest Roman Catholic church in Philadelphia.
The problem was, no one had prepared the in-depth paperwork. So, with the blessings of the church's pastor, that's exactly what she set out to do before the Dec. 1 deadline.
"Because it needed it," said Morello, 56, of Norristown. "It needed it a long time ago."
The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission agreed. And at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, a marker will be unveiled on Walnut Street near 4th honoring the historical significance of the church. The dedication falls on the Feast of St. Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Jesuits.