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Deacon Fontanez, among first of Hispanic permanent deacons, dies at 81

Posted on December 17th, 2014

Deacon Jose Fontanez is remembered as a community leader and, along with his wife Edna as “inseparable and collaborators in ministry,” at the former Incarnation of our Lord Parish.


Msgr. Menna, remembered as a selfless priest, dies at 84

Posted on December 16th, 2014

Msgr. Francis J. Menna, a former pastor, regional vicar and rector of Villa St. Joseph, the archdiocesan home for retired priests, died Dec. 10.


Deacon and communications professor dies at age 66

Posted on December 9th, 2014

Permanent Deacon Martin P. Lomonaco was assigned to St. Agnes Parish in West Chester. He is remembered as an influential professor at Neumann University.


Retired pastor of ‘South Philadelphia’s cathedral’ dies at 94

Posted on December 4th, 2014

Parishioners and fellow priests fondly recall Father Philip Barr, who was the beloved pastor of St. Edmond Parish for 16 years. He is remembered as a compassionate confessor who spent time with his extended family.


Alumna of Wayne parish, Sister Marita David Kirsch, dies at 87

Posted on December 4th, 2014

A long-time Catholic school teacher, the Immaculate Heart of Mary sister also served as librarian at Immaculata University for 28 years.


Dominican sister with local ties laid to rest in Kentucky

Posted on December 4th, 2014

Drexel University-educated Sister Ruth Elsner, who gave retreats at the Dominican Sisters’ retreat house in Elkins Park for years, died Nov. 24 at age 88.


Father Thomas Gleeson, S.J., dies at 78 in Wernersville

Posted on November 20th, 2014

The Jesuit priest held many senior administrative posts for his congregation’s institutions, and was rector at the Jesuit Center in nearby Wernersville. He was a philosopher and theologian.


Franciscan sister dies at 97, taught for 71 years in archdiocese

Posted on November 20th, 2014

Sister Inez Cecilia Kockler, O.S.F., spent her longest teaching stint at Cardinal O’Hara High School — 29 years — as well as other assignments in the Philadelphia Archdiocese and in the Allentown Diocese.


Sister Mary Mark Psulkowski, I.H.M., dies at age 89

Posted on November 20th, 2014

Sister Mary Mark primarily taught in schools in the Philadelphia Archdiocese and Allentown Diocese. At her last mission, Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish in South Philadelphia, she served in pastoral ministry.


Franciscan sister dies, served mostly as a teacher for 67 years

Posted on November 13th, 2014

Sister Adele Siwak, O.S.F., died Nov. 6 at age 88. She taught for a combined 60 years in schools of the Philadelphia and Baltimore archdioceses.


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