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Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth

The Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth was founded in Rome, Italy in 1875 by Frances Siedliska, a Polish noblewoman. Ten years after the foundation in Rome, in 1885, Mother Foundress and 11 pioneer sisters set out for Chicago, Illinois, where they had been invited to minister to the needs of Polish immigrant children and families. The Congregation in the United States experienced phenomenal early growth and soon the sisters expanded their services to God’s people in the Midwest by establishing works of mercy in cities in the Eastern part of the country. Throughout the Congregation's history in the United States, in 20 states and in Puerto Rico, hundreds of sisters have served families in schools, health care and in child care services, care of the elderly, retreat work, and in parish, prison and youth ministry. Today, some 300 sisters pray for and minister to families in Illinois, Indiana, Pennsylvania, New York, Connecticut, Texas, Michigan and Ohio.

Denise LePera

Sister Rita Fanning, CSFN

Patricia Quinn
Assistant Principal for Academics

Diane Budd
Assistant Principal for Student Life
215.637.7676 ext. 1143 

Nazareth Academy High School

  • 4001 Grant Avenue
  • Philadelphia, PA 19114
  • T: 215.637.7676
  • F: 215.637.8523

About Naz

"Embracing Faith, Family, and Education"


"Naz's where you belong."  How will you finish the sentence, "Naz because..."?


Our student to faculty ratio of 9:1 allows our teachers to interact with students 1-on-1, providing constant help and support.

Campus Life

Our activities provide a diverse set of opportunities for spiritual, social, physical, and intellectual growth for the students.


Learning about commitment, dedication, hard work, discipline, and teamwork not only helps on the field, but in the classroom as well.

Fine Arts

The Fine Arts at Naz allow students to release their creativity, whether it be through song and dance or a piece of fine art.

Giving to Naz

We are called to give to "Nazareth" - not the building, but to “Nazareth” the home...our home.

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