Obituaries

Father Robert Breen, longtime Cardinal Dougherty teacher, dies at 91

He taught at the Catholic high school for 35 years and was pastor of St. Lawrence Parish, Rieglesville, for 12 years. His advice on sports and prayer: "It's God's game, but you play with your own swing."

Sister Mary Elizabeth Keyser, Maryknoll Sister, dies at 98

The former St. Matthias parishioner and West Catholic graduate's 80 years of religious life included ministry in Chile and Bolivia, as well as in California and New York.

Sister Anna Hope Bauerlin, 93, longtime healthcare professional

The member of the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia recently celebrated her diamond jubilee, having ministered throughout the United States in medicine, clinical instruction and social services.

Archbishop Hunthausen, 96, led ecumenical efforts following Vatican II

The retired archbishop of Seattle esposed nuclear disarmament, broader roles for women in the church and outreach ministry to gays and lesbians. On ecumenism, he said, "we're all looking for ways to get to God."

Sister Marie Perpetua Sneeringer dies at age 94

Born and raised in the Harrisburg diocese, she entered the Sisters of St. Joseph in 1942 and ministered throughout the Mid-Atlantic region.

Father James Whelan, former pastor of St. Kevin, dies at 72

After growing up in Northeast Philadelphia, Father Whelan was ordained in 1973. He is remember for his fraternity with fellow priests. Even in sickness, he was devoted to celebrating daily Mass.

Sister Elizabeth Ann Kealy, 73, served in South America for 17 years

The member of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary served for 55 years in the congregation. Her last assignment was as DRE in the upstate Pennsylvania coal region where she was born.

Sister Dorothy Patricia Quinn dies at age 91

After growing up in Philadelphia's Port Richmond section and graduating from Little Flower High School, she entered the Sisters of St. Joseph in 1944 and served throughout the Mid-Atlantic states.

Sister Dorothy Ann Smith dies at 77

The Philadelphia native attended Cathedral Grade School and St. Maria Goretti High School before entering the Sisters of St. Joseph in September 1960 and serving in three dioceses.

Sister Edward Mary McBride, 86, served in Phila. Archdiocese for 40+ years

The native of Northeast Philadelphia and St. Matthew Parish entered the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in 1950. Her last assignment was as a tutor at St. Matthew School until 2013.