Obituaries

Archbishop Flores of San Antonio, first Hispanic bishop in U.S., dies

The bishop, who dropped out of school to be a migrant farmworker, was known for his support for farmworkers, Mexican-American civil rights and his love of his culture and heritage.

Father Scanlan, college and church leader, dies at age 85

Franciscan Father Michael Scanlan, whose name is almost synonymous with the Franciscan University of Steubenville, died Jan. 7 at Garvey Manor, a Catholic nursing home in Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania, after a long illness.

Deacon Eugene Leahy buried from his life-long parish, Holy Family in Manayunk

The 89-year-old permanent deacon and his wife raised seven children to adulthood. He was active in his parish as a deacon since his 1990 ordination, and in his local Knights of Columbus council.

Deacon Calvin Smith, faithful member of St. Benedict’s, dies at 92

Ordained in 1988, Deacon Smith distributed holy Communion for the beatification Mass of Mother Katharine Drexel that year in Rome. He was a mentor for other deacons, and is remembered for his full life.

Newly appointed pastor, 52, dies suddenly on New Year’s Eve

Father John C. Crowley became pastor of Sacred Heart Parish, Oxford, only two months ago. He told his new parishioners he looked forward "to many rewarding experiences and wonderful years" with them. His funeral is Jan. 9.

Father Joseph Huynh, minister to Vietnamese newcomers, dies at 75

The priest who served the Vietnamese Catholics and other immigrants at St. Thomas Aquinas Parish in Philadelphia was ordained in Vietnam and spent time in a prison camp before coming to America in 1980.

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.

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 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.