Philomena's Book Store
St. Philomena's Books and Gifts religious store is starting a new chapter in its thirteen years of business. The store is under new management by Pam and Bruno Sielaff and their family who recently purchased it in June. They have already made many changes to the store physically and plan to offer unique
merchandise and be more involved in the community. When asked why she bought St. Philomena's, Pam, a book enthusiast, replied "I felt that it was God's will for our family at this time to take on this apostolate."
In the past three months Pam and her family have been working diligently to update St. Philomena's and make it a more inviting and enriching place for their customers. Besides physically renovating the store by painting, re-carpeting, and opening up the retail space, the owners are expanding their selection of religious products. Pam
feels the store should offer "a venue for people to promote their apostolate and non-profit organizations."
St. Philomena's will promote local artists and authors by carrying their unique products in the store, such as one-of-a-kind art pieces, jewelry, and statues. A few other new services available to patrons are a frequent buyer card that encourages customers to save on their purchases, and the opportunity to book pilgrimages through a
tour service. Customers can expect friendly, personalized service and a relaxed atmosphere to grow in and share their faith and spiritual needs.
A first-time business owner, Pam Sielaff says she enjoys "interacting with the customers and being a part of the Emmitsburg business community." She not only sees this as a business but also as a ministry "to lead souls to Jesus." Her goal for St. Philomena's store is to provide for and enrich the lives of Catholics in the area by
spreading the Gospel and promoting sound doctrine that is faithful to the teachings of the Church. Pam and Bruno are grateful to the previous owners for everything they did to make St. Philomena's an established business and "look forward to serving the community, churches, and (Mount St. Mary's) college and seminary in whatever
capacity God calls us to."