Obituaries

Beloved by priests, lay faithful, Father Charles Gormley dies at 93

The pastor emeritus of Mother of Divine Providence Parish in King Prussia led the parish for 14 years. His funeral Mass will be celebrated there on Friday, Feb. 2 by numerous priest friends who he affected deeply over the years.

Grisez called ‘remarkable man’ whose work was ‘utterly true to the faith’

The late Germain Grisez, an influential Catholic philosopher, ethicist and moral theologian, was "a remarkable man" and a "very firm believer" whose faith "was unswervingly orthodox," Jesuit Father Peter Ryan said.

Deacon Manuel Beltran, 55, dies days short of receiving papal honor

Deacon Beltran, who died after a battle with cancer that had gone into remission after his visit to Lourdes, counseled Hispanic couples in the archdiocese along with his wife Becky, who accepted his papal award.

Father Francis X. Herron, last of 3 priest brothers, dies at 87

The former pastor of St. Joan of Arc Parish and St. Irenaeus Parish, both in Philadelphia, died Jan. 6. His funeral will be celebrated Jan. 17 at St. Francis of Assisi Parish, Springfield.

Sister Rita Marie Burian, 83, taught for 49 years in local schools

The religious sister had been a member of the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia for 56 years. She taught mostly at St. Benedict and St. Bonaventure in Philadelphia and at St. Stanislaus, Lansdale.

Irish bishop recalls Cranberries’ musician for her faith, inspiration

Dolores O'Riordan, 46, died suddenly Jan. 15 in London, where she had been due to record material for a new release. Police were investigating her death, calling it "unexplained."

Deacon Joseph Upcavage, serving Levittown parish, dies at 87

The permanent deacon, originally from Schuylkill County, was ordained in 1996 and assigned to Queen of the Universe Parish where he and his wife of 61 years raised their family.

Sister Mary of Peace Slater, 96, dies in 72nd year of religious life

The native of Incarnation of Our Lord Parish in Philadelphia entered the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in 1946. She taught in secondary schools in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and the Diocese of Harrisburg.

St. Joseph Sister Mary Ann Miller dies at 83; served in 5 dioceses

The Allentown native entered the Sisters of St. Joseph in 1951 then served since 1959 in education.

Sister Mary Richard Donahue, 91, dies in Camilla Hall

The Sister, Servant of the Immaculate Heart of Mary was a member of the congregation for 65 years, teaching and leading schools in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and Diocese of Charleston.