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Our Story

Founded in 2006, the Blessed Sarnelli Community is the evolution of a ministry to the poor and abandoned. BSC was begun by the Congregation of Redemptorist Priests and continued by volunteers from all walks of life. Over the years, resident and local volunteers have worked to provide compassionate service to our neighbors in Kensington, Philadelphia. Operating out of two rowhomes on Kensington Avenue, Sarnelli House hosts five meals a week and offers our guests access to donated clothes three days a week. As neighbors, we strive to aid our community materially and spiritually, both through the giving of food and clothing as well as companionship - walking with love for those who need it most. 

We are named after Blessed Sarnelli (1702-1744), a Redemptorist priest and friend of St. Alphonsus Liguori. Blessed Sarnelli was devoted to the needs of the poor, particualrly women who were vulnerable to prostitution. Our community is lay-led and staffed by resident and local volunteers who donate their time. Resident volunteers are young persons who wish to dedicate time to living in community and serving the poor. 

Sarnelli House remains open through the generosity of churches and individuals donating to our work and the many hours our resident and local volunteers dedicate to serving our folks. 

Blessed Gennaro Maria Sarnelli, Pray for us. 


The Blessed Sarnelli Community is a Catholic non-profit and spiritual ministry dedicated to providing for the needs of the poor, homeless, and abandoned in the Kensington Community. Resident and daily volunteers carry out the Gospel message of Jesus Christ through a commitment to prayer, hospitality, evangelization, compassion and service. Community organizations, Christian Churches, religious organizations and educational institutions are encouraged to serve in this ministry.

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