Obituaries

Father James Ambrogi, former pastor of Malvern parish, dies at 80

The former pastor of St. Patrick Parish for 22 years was recalled for his generosity. “He was a catalyst for good," said a priest friend. “He pointed the way for those who can to be generous to those less fortunate.”

Sister Bernadette Moerman, I.H.M., dies at 85

The Sister, Servant of the Immaculate Heart of Mary ministered for most of her 66 years in the order teaching in schools in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and the Dioceses of Richmond and Metuchen.

Sister Marie Joan Flemming, I.H.M., 86, dies at Camilla Hall

A native of St. John the Baptist Parish in Philadelphia's Manayunk section, she professed her vows with the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in 1950.

Franciscan sister, native of Ireland, dies at 102

Sister Columbkill O’Connor, O.S.F., was born in County Kerry, Ireland. After entering the Franciscan order she taught and served in parishes, mostly in the Baltimore Archdiocese, over a span of 78 years.

Much-loved priest’s last public act was celebrating Mass

Father Engelbert Michel, 77, died after celebrating a funeral Mass at St. Christopher Church where he was senior priest. Having led two parishes as pastor, he was fluent in English, German and Spanish.

Father Donald Birch, who ‘lived the beatitudes,’ dies at 76

Priest friends remember the pastor emeritus of the former St. Joseph the Worker Parish as a spiritual man of simple faith who remained in active ministry despite major health problems for much of his career.

Sister Ruth Held, 40 years in retreat ministry, dies at 96

A member of the Handmaids of the Sacred Heart of Jesus for more than seven decades, Sister Ruth earned English degrees at Rosemont and Villanova, teaching for many years before directing retreats at Raphaela Center in Haverford.

Sister Barbara Agnew, theologian at Villanova, dies at 91

After teaching in schools in her native Ohio, the Precious Blood sister ministered at Villanova University's Theology Department in teaching, writing and doing research as a theologian and faculty member.

Retired pastor of Maternity Parish recalled as ‘one of the good guys’

Msgr. Anthony McGuire, who revitalized parish buildings and prayed the rosary every day while walking the streets of Northeast Philadelphia, died Oct. 9 at age 86. His funeral Mass is Oct. 15.

Msgr. Topper, the nation’s oldest, longest-ordained priest, dies at 104

Remembered for his hard work and humility, Msgr. Topper died in his residence at St. Catherine Laboure Parish in Harrisburg, where he had been living since 1999.