Welcome to mySaintMiriam.org the online home of Saint Miriam Parish. We are a Franciscan, Old Catholic Parish Community, with a strong emphasis on worship, community, a life of prayer, and where we honor the sacraments, as we proclaim the message of Christ in word and deed! We provide a strong Catholic Liturgy, an inclusive Catholic education, and a vibrant welcome to everyone without reservation. Saint Miriam is located in Blue Bell, Pennsylvania, a suburb of Philadelphia, adjacent to Plymouth Meeting. We are just minutes from Routes 476, 309, and 202 and just a mile from the Plymouth Meeting Mall. We are designated as a pro cathedral as our diocesan bishop is in residence here and serves as our pastor.
Here, in addition to a warm welcome by a diverse group of people who have made this parish their home, you will find an atmosphere of quiet reflection on the presence of God, great beauty in the visual aspects of the changing liturgical seasons, and worship music that will inspire and transform you! We’re committed to passionate and engaging worship, relevant teaching, and the formation of real community. Feel free to look around, ask questions, and visit us in person where you will experience and become God’s friends… together with us! We know that from the moment you walk through our doors you will feel at home. In our community, you will discover a safe space to explore your deepest longings for God with warm people to support you, just as you are! It matters not to us where you come: from more Orthodox Catholic Churches, any of the varied Protestant denominations, or those from an Eastern Tradition, at Saint Miriam you are welcome!
The king will answer them, ‘I tell all of you with certainty, since you did it for one of the least important of these brothers of mine, you did it for me.’
– Matthew 25:40
For over 20 years, artist Timothy P. Schmalz, has been sculpting large scale monuments for the Catholic church. Working in bronze, Timothy is a figurative artist, his pieces are installed worldwide. One of his most famous pieces, entitled “Whatsoever You Do”, sits outside Santo Spririto Ospital, the oldest hospital in Rome, near the Vatican and now at Saint Miriam, too. Timothy describes his sculptures as visual translations of the Gospels. Timothy also creates large public pieces in bronze. Some of these include monuments that honor veterans and Firefighters. Creating epic pieces that connect with viewers through design and details, not only touching the viewer on an emotional level but also allowing them to feel somewhat a ‘part’ of the piece is what Timothy strives to achieve with his sculpture.
We are proud to have one of his masterpieces at Saint Miriam! Whatsoever You Do, or the Beggar Christ, is a life-sized bronze sculpture representation of charity and inspired by the Gospel of Matthew (25:40) is now home at Saint Miriam. It visually signifies how we should see Christ in the poor and the hungry and tells us that we should see our acts of kindness to them, as kindness to God. This sculpture epitomizes the parish of Saint Miriam and it now adorns our entryway.