Obituaries

Deacon Paul Hagerty dies at 87, was banker, professor and golfer

The permanent deacon ordained in 1997 served for many years at Immaculate Conception Parish in Jenkintown, where he and his wife raised their family. His son-in-law, also a deacon, will preach at the funeral Mass.

Sister Grace Marie Stankiewicz dies at age 77

The Sister, Servant of the Immaculate Heart of Mary served in elementary schools in the Philadelphia Archdiocese, the Dioceses of Arlington and Metuchen and parishes in the Allentown Diocese for nearly 20 years.

Sister Mary Jane Hicks, longtime teacher and pastoral worker, dies at 86

The Chicago native was a member of the Sisters of the Holy Child Jesus for 62 years, during which she enjoyed varied teaching assignments and leadership roles in Rome and the order's provincialate in Drexel Hill.

Deacon Lawrence Brandon of West Chester dies at age 80

The permanent deacon was ordained for the Baltimore Archdiocese before transferring to Philadelphia in 1977. He served as Newman Center chaplain at West Chester University and at St. Maximilian Parish.

Deacon John Boyle, in ministry at Holy Name Parish, dies at 74

Ordained in 2006, Deacon Boyle retired from his career with the Internal Revenue Service only a year later. He served his parish actively until last fall.

Bishop Moynihan dies; called ‘true shepherd,’ example of ‘discipleship’

Retired Bishop James M. Moynihan, who served as the ninth bishop of the Diocese of Syracuse from 1995 to 2009, died March 6. He was 84.

Deacon Joseph Orlando, dies on ministry in Camden Diocese

Funeral rites for the permanent deacon who was serving in New Jersey will be celebrated Feb. 26 at his parish in Ocean City. He was ordained in 2000 for the Philadelphia Archdiocese and had worked for IBM.

Sister of St. Joseph, religious educator, dies at 81

Sister Helen Patricia Feeley ministered as a teacher, director of religious education and religious education consultant in seven dioceses for most of her 63 years in the congregation.

Sister Marie Kerr, Franciscan and longtime nurse, dies at 87

The Sister of St. Francis of Philadelphia ministered in health care for the poor for most of her 66 years in the congregation, including 33 in Philadelphia. She especially loved her 13 years in Zambia, Africa.

Retired pastor of St. Joseph Parish, Downingtown, dies at 95

Father William J. Smith was a priest of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia for 69 years. He served in several parishes until being named pastor of St. Joseph's in 1975 and pastor emeritus in 1991.