The Community Center at Visitation is committed to providing a safe place for community outreach, continuous education, and recreation among the diverse cultural communities of Kensington and its surrounding neighborhoods. Serving as a “Beacon of Hope,” the Center embraces and celebrates this community with particular regard for nurturing the potential of its youth, senior, and immigrant populations.
Our Core Values
Acknowledgment and Promotion of the Dignity of Each Person
Preferential Option for the Poor
In November 2003, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia opened the Cardinal Bevilacqua Community Center’s doors to serve and engage the community and promote development. The Center brought new life to the then abandoned building, once famously known as the Starlight Ballroom.
With the support of the community, the help of donors and organizations, and the spirit of the church, the corner of Kensington and Lehigh Avenues no longer sat as an eye sore of rubble but as a new structure fully modernized. For seven years, the center ran under the leadership of Catholic Social Services. The Center saw the community engaged in sports, education classes, after-school programs, art programs, service opportunities, and more.
Stemming from their community commitment and hope to have the Center become a more effective and integrated resource for the Kensington community, Catholic Social Services transferred the management of the Center to Visitation BVM Parish in July 2010.
Today, the Community Center at Visitation (CCV) is embarking on an exciting new course with a renewed hope and dream guiding its steps-to facilitate a better quality of life and meaningful possibilities for our neighbors, and to become more integrated within the community of Kensington.