Stay in the City
A short booklet by Father Robert Gallagher, OA. First published on Ascension Day, 1980 by the Office of Parish Renewal & Evangelism of the Diocese of Pennsylvania. Republished in 1981 by Forward Movement.
The ideas of "Stay in the City" were partially responsible a few years later for the convention of that diocese declaring a moratorium on the closing of all city parishes while work was done to develop a revitalization strategy. While the convention voted overwhelming for the resolution the bishop and his staff were largely opposed. A comprehensive strategy was never developed and in time the pattern of closing city parishes was resumed. In time that included St. Elisabeth's Church in South Philadelphia which is pictured on the cover and below.
The booklet also played a role in the formation of the Order of the Ascension. In 1982 conversations were started that lead to the creation of the Order.