La Salle’s Brother René Sterner dead at 71

By Colleen Boyle SharpSpecial to The CS&T Brother René Sterner, F.S.C., 71, died Monday, May 11, 2009, at St. Catherine’s Infirmary in Philadelphia after battling cancer. Brother René spent 18 of his 45 years in education as a member of the faculty and administration of La Salle College High School in Wyndmooor. He served 14 […]

Prep, SJU grad dies at 26

By John KnebelsSpecial to The CS&T Jim Murray was trying to find the right words, but none seemed to exist when talking about the tragic death of 2001 St. Joseph’s Prep graduate Matt Mullin. On April 25, Mullin died after a freak boating accident where he lived and worked as a financial broker in Hong […]

William Collins, black Catholic leader, dies at 90

By Arlene EdmondsSpecial to The CS&T At William C. Collins Sr.’s funeral Mass at Our Lady of the Holy Souls worship site in North Philadelphia May 9, dozens of priests, many parishioners from his home parish (which is now part of Our Lady of Hope Parish) and family members were on hand to mourn the […]


Compiled byAngela Arrington Lawrence F. FlickLawrence F. Flick of Ardmore died April 10, 2009. He was 74. He was born in Philadelphia to the late Joseph S. and Phyllis B. Flick (nee Byrne). He graduated from Lower Merion High School in 1954; Villanova University and Villanova University Law School. He later became the Montgomery County […]


Compiled by Angela Arrington Sister Maria Auxilia Darby, S.S.J.Sister Maria Auxilia Darby, S.S.J., formerly Anna C. Darby, died March 28, 2009. She was 94. She was born in Philadelphia to John L. Darby and Anna V. Mc Evoy. She entered the Sisters of St. Joseph on Sept. 8, 1932, and shortly after served in the […]

Father Vito Carbone, former pastor, dies at 72

By Lou BaldwinSpecial to The CS&T Father Vito J. Carbone, 72, the former pastor of Visitation B.V.M. and Our Lady of Loreto parishes in Philadelphia, died April 17. Born in Philadelphia, the son of the late Vito J. and Onorina (DiGiacinto) Carbone, attended St. Donato School and St. Joseph’s College High School before entering St. […]

Permanent Deacon Walter Kelly Jr. dies at 79

By Christie L. ChicoineCS&T Staff Writer As a customer service manager for the National Telephone Directory, Deacon Walter Kelly was accustomed to addressing complaints about printing mistakes. According to those close to him, Deacon Kelly’s diplomatic demeanor at his job mirrored his gentleness in the permanent diaconate. Deacon Walter F. Kelly Jr., a retired permanent […]


Compiled by Angela Arrington Sister Marian Rose Porter, I.H.M.Sister Marian Rose Porter, I.H.M, formerly Mabel Marie Porter, died March 21, 2009, at Camilla Hall, Immaculata. She was born in Philadelphia and professed her first vows in 1939. She went on to teach in elementary schools throughout the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and served at Cardinal Dougherty […]

Father Robert Roedel dies on Palm Sunday

By Christie L. ChicoineCS&T Staff Writer Building A Successful Photography Busine It was fitting that Father Robert Roedel, a retired priest of the Philadelphia Archdiocese, died on Palm Sunday. “He was a great servant of God – now he’s home,” said 24-year-old Dennis Curran, a member of Assumption B.V.M. Parish in Feasterville, where Father Roedel […]


Compiled by Angela Arrington Sister Virginia Chapin, I.H.M.Sister Virginia Chapin, I.H.M., formerly Sister Stephen Marie, died March 16, 2009, at Camilla Hall, Immaculata. She was born in Philadelphia and entered the congregation of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in 1950. She professed her first vows in 1952. She went on to […]