Father Francis M. Gallagher, 82, a former pastor of St. Thomas Aquinas Parish in Croydon, died April 29.
Born in Philadelphia, the son of the late Francis Gallagher and the late Katherine (Byrnes) Gallagher, he attended St. Columba School and Roman Catholic High School before entering St. Charles Borromeo Seminary.
He was ordained May 16, 1964 at the Cathedral of SS. Peter and Paul by Archbishop John Krol and his first assignment was as parochial vicar at Immaculate Conception Parish, Levittown.
He also served as parochial vicar at St. Cecilia, Coatesville; St. Joseph, Cheltenham; St. Joseph, Collingdale; St. Margaret, Narberth; again at Immaculate Conception, Levittown; Immaculate Heart of Mary, Philadelphia; St. Agatha/St. James, Philadelphia, St. Francis Xavier, Philadelphia; St. Paul, Philadelphia and St. Thomas Aquinas where he ultimately became pastor.
His last assignment was as chaplain to the Carmelite Monastery in Philadelphia.
There will be a viewing for Father Gallagher at St. Cecilia Church Philadelphia on Tuesday, May 7, beginning at 9 a.m. followed by his 11 a.m. funeral Mass with Archbishop Charles J. Chaput as the principal celebrant.
Among the concelebrants will be Fathers Robert Lucas, Charles McElroy and Michael Miller, and Father Charles Bonner, who will be the homilist.
Father Gallagher is survived by his sister Kathleen Powers and his cousin Kathleen Gallagher Valenti and nephews, nieces, grandnieces and grandnephews.
Interment will be at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Philadelphia.
Help keep Catholic media free, support CatholicPhilly.com
You may have noticed “pay walls” greeting you when you visit the websites of newspapers and magazines, both large and small. These mechanisms allow you to read a few articles for free before you’ve got to pay an annual fee if you want to see more.
You won’t find a pay wall on CatholicPhilly.com because we’re more than a news organization. We’re informing, inspiring and forming readers in the Catholic faith every day through the news, features and commentaries that we post on this site and share across social media.
It costs money to provide high-quality coverage of the local Catholic communities we primarily serve, while also distributing national and world news of interest to Catholics, plus the orthodox teachings of the Catholic faith.
Help us in this mission by making a single gift of $40, $50, $100, or more. Your gift will strengthen the fabric of our entire Catholic community.
Make your donation by check:
222 N. 17th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
or by credit card: