Devotional Societies

Anglican devotional societies arose as part of the Catholic Revival in 19th century Great Britain, stressing aspects of the Catholic faith not traditionally emphasized by the Church in England. Many historic organizations have wards or chapters at S. Clement's Church, which to this day bring together like minded individuals in support of Catholic tradition and practice.


Society of Mary

The Society of Mary traces its origins to the 1880 founding of The Confraternity of Our Lady, and has at sits goals the love and honour of Mary; the spreading of devotion to her in reparation for past neglect and misunderstanding, and assuming Mary as a model in purity, personal relationships and family life. The S. Clements Ward of the Society conducts the rosary and shrine devotions weekly, as well as after the low mass of the first Saturday of the month. Additionally, the Society sponsors certain Marian feasts, and has in the past traveled in pilgrimage to Marian festivals.


Guild of S. Vincent

The Guild of S. Vincent was founded at S. Clement's in 1877 as a local guild for parish servers. The idea spread, and in 1915, The International Order of St. Vincent was founded, "dedicated to servant hood, discipline, cooperation, education, and the preservation of liturgical knowledge, preparation for service, responsibility, and reverence" .


Guild of All Souls

Founded in 1873 as the Guild Burial Society,  The Guild of All Souls is a "devotional society dedicated to praying for the souls of the Faithful Departed, and teaching the Catholic doctrine of the Communion of Saints." The S. Clement's Ward of supports prayer for the faithful departed through daily prayer at the Shrine of Our Lady Clemency, where deceased members of the Guild are also remembered. The Guild also sponsors Requiem Masses and Vespers of the Dead.

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Confraternity of the Blessed Sacrament

The Confraternity of the Blessed Sacrament of the Body and Blood of Christ, or Confraternity of the Blessed Sacrament, is a society devoted to the veneration of Our Lord's Real Presence in the Eucharist. The guild's work at S. Clement's includes the support of Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament and the organization of the night-long Maundy Thursday Vigil, which is the last remaining night-long Vigil in the city of Philadelphia. 

Order of the Guardians of the Shrine of Our Lady of Clemency

Founded in 1993,  and styled after the Guardians of the Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham,  the Order of Guardians is comprised of those honoured with guardianship, bestowed upon those with a longstanding devotion to Our Lady of Clemency, and who have shown particular devotion to S. Clement's Church and its ministries and work. Guardians participate in processions during Marian festivals, including the May Crowing of Our Lady.



The Society of Charles, King and Martyr, is devoted to the cult of King Charles the Martyr, the martyred British monarch who died in defense of the Catholic faith and the episcopacy. S. Clement's holds an antique statue of S. Charles which has had many homes around the parish, most recently in a shrine in the S. John's Chapel. In 2017, the meeting of the national Society of Charles, King and Martyr, was held at S. Clement's church.