A Message From The Pastor

A Letter From Reverend Stephen D. Thorne

Dear Friends,

As the Pastor of this Church, I welcome you to our website and thank you for viewing it. As you have noticed, we are a vibrant community promoting the Gospel of Jesus Christ in North Philadelphia. In the midst of many challenges, we have been a beacon of hope in this community for over 100 years.

I especially invite you and your family to join us for Worship on Sunday Morning. You will be blessed by the Celebration of Catholic Mass, where we encounter Christ in the Eucharist, the Word, Song and Community. All are welcome! Please listen to a portion of the power of God’s Word preached here by listening to…..“The Spoken Word”.

In one of the best known Psalms – Psalm 23, we hear, “my cup overflows”. Those words are very true here at Saint Martin de Porres Catholic Church in the Kingdom of North Philadelphia. Our cup overflows with many blessings from our Awesome God. Join us!


⦿ Meet The Pastor

Father Thorne is a Priest of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. Born on November 11, 1968 in Philadelphia, he is the youngest of eight children of James and Fayette Thorne. He was educated at Our Lady of the Holy Souls Parish School and graduated from Northeast Catholic High School in 1986. He was formed for the Priesthood at Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary in Wynnewood, Pa., where he also earned three academic degrees.

Father Thorne was ordained a Catholic Priest on May 16, 1998. Since his ordination, he has served as Assistant Pastor at Saint Katharine Drexel Church (Chester, Pa.), Member of The Faculty at Saint John Neumann High School (Phila., Pa.), Executive Director for The Office for Black Catholic Ministry (Archdiocese of Philadelphia) and Pastor at Saint Therese Catholic Church (Phila., Pa.). Since June 2011, he has served as the Pastor of Saint Martin de Porres Catholic Church.