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.

Longtime Chestnut Hill College biology professor dies at 84

Sister Florence E. Sullivan, S.S.J., taught at all levels of education as a member of the Sisters of St. Joseph for 67 years.

Longtime music teacher in Philadelphia schools dies at 74

Sister Regina Maria Gormley, S.S.J., earned graduate degrees in music education from Temple University and Catholic University of America before serving in liturgical music for much of her 56 years in ministry.

Sister Mary Patricia McCrane, S.S.J., dies at age 85

The Sister of St. Joseph ministered for 66 years in the congregation primarily as a teacher in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and neighboring dioceses.

St. Joseph Sister marked 73 years in religious life

Sister Marie Clare Kleschick, S.S.J., age 91, was primarily a high school teacher in her long ministry. She had earned a graduate degree in English literature from the University of Notre Dame.

Sister Mary Dolores Malecka, teacher at high schools and college, dies at 85

Born and raised in Philadelphia before joining the Sisters of St. Joseph, she taught math in schools of the Philadelphia Archdiocese for most of her 68 years in active ministry.

Holy Child Sister Ruth McCarthy dies at 92; was beloved teacher

Well known by her religious name Mother Louis Mary, she still skied well into her 70s and for decades maintained friendships with many of her former students at Archbishop Carroll High School and Holy Spirit School.

Msgr. Nace, former finance officer for archdiocese, dies at age 88

While he served laudably as a financial administrator, Msgr. Arthur Nace's real passion was for direct ministry. "He would go anywhere at any time of day or night to comfort and minister to the sick,” said a friend.

Father Francis Piro, correspondent for Vatican newspaper, dies at 84

A native of the Calabria region of Italy, the priest served many Philadelphia parishes but his chief work was reporting on the American Church in Italian for the Vatican newspaper, L’Osservatore Romano.