no date

Mark Antony Frenaye (1783-1873) was a prominent Philadelphia Catholic businessman who served for many years as the financier and treasurer of the Diocese of Philadelphia. Frenaye also was the largest financial contributor of St. John the Evangelist Church (1830), which Bishop Francis P. Kenrick erected as a way to, according to Frenaye, break down the system of trustee control in the city. Trusteeism involved the practice of Catholic laity assuming control of the administration of churches, even to the point of hiring and firing pastors. Frenaye also managed the Bishop’s Bank, which Bishop Kenrick established in 1848 for working Catholics who did not want to use the private savings institutions.

This collection contains mainly correspondence. A copy of the will of Demetrius Gallitzin, emigre Russian aristocrat and Catholic missionary priest, is also included.

1 Box, .4 linear ft.