Obituaries

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.

Father Edward Cahill, known as a dynamic preacher, dies at 82

The pastor emeritus of Holy Cross Parish, Springfield, was also a former pastor of Visitation B.V.M. Parish in Philadelphia, where he encouraged vocations. He was loved in all the parishes he served, friends said.

Msgr. Thomas Kelley, retired pastor of St. Anne Parish, dies at 93

After a long ministry of parish assignments and after reviving the annual novena to St. Anne at the Port Richmond Parish, Msgr. Kelley spent 18 years at St. Matthew Parish, longer than any of his assignments.

Foundress of order of women religious dies at Mass honoring her vocation

Mother Rosemae Pender, 94, foundress of the Franciscan Sisters of the Eucharist, died unexpectedly during a Mass of Thanksgiving for Consecrated Life to honor her 75 years of consecrated life.

Augustinian Father John Denny dies at age 58

A native of Bryn Mawr, he was pastor of Our Mother of Good Counsel Parish in Bryn Mawr until his death from cancer. He graduated from Msgr. Bonner High School before entering the Augustinians.

Franciscan sister and Puerto Rico native dies at age 86

Sister Elsa Vazquez, O.S.F., ministered for 36 years in Puerto Rico where she served in parish ministry, religious formation, adult education, ministry to people with AIDS and visiting people in prison.

I.H.M. sister, longtime teacher in archdiocese, dies at 89

Sister Marie Cecile Reardon spent many of her 69 years in religious life teaching at schools in the Philadelphia Archdiocese plus Allentown and Arlington dioceses.

Immaculate Heart of Mary Sister, teacher and music minister, dies at 81

A Philadelphia native, Sister Mary Agnes Kinee, I.H.M., taught in elementary schools in the Philadelphia Archdiocese and neighboring dioceses. She also served as a liturgy director at two Philadelphia parishes.

Slovak pastor and Legion of Mary leader, Father Francis Lendacky, dies

At age 82 he was the oldest active pastor in the Philadelphia Archdiocese. He was known to drop everything to visit sick parishioners and for celebrating Mass in Slovak. He was long dedicated to the Legion.