Obituaries

Longest serving priest-teacher in high schools dies at 94

Father Joseph T. Murphy taught at St. Thomas More and Cardinal Dougherty high schools before teaching at Roman Catholic, which gave him its Thomas Cahill Award. He also served for many years at St. Luke, Glenside.

Sister Honora Fraties, Philadelphia native and teacher, dies at 86

The Sister, Servant of the Immaculate Heart of Mary taught in archdiocesan elementary schools and served at Villa Maria House of Studies.

Sister Marita, longtime nurse for infirmed sisters, dies at 85

Sister Marita Helen Harrington, I.H.M., spent 20 years teaching before becoming a school counselor and then 22 years as a caregiver at Camilla Hall, the residence for elderly sisters at Immaculata.

Trappist Father Keating, leading figure in centering prayer, dies at 95

With the encouragement of St. Paul VI to rediscover the contemplative tradition, Father Keating helped found Contemplative Outreach for centering prayer -- a technique of praying silently to God without words -- in 1984.

Father James Melle, native of Norristown, dies at 74

A parish priest and teacher at four Catholic high schools in the archdiocese, the priest ordained in 1972 will be laid to rest Oct. 31 in the presence of two bishops and other priest friends, who remember him fondly.

Sister Agnes Marie Gunn dies at 90; served in Phila., N.J. dioceses

The Sister of St. Joseph entered religious life from St. Anthony Parish in Ambler in 1949. Over her 69 years of ministry she served in the archdioceses of Philadelphia and Washington, and in Camden and Trenton.

Sister Joan Carroll, I.H.M., teacher and school principal, dies at 80

The Sister, Servant of the Immaculate Heart of Mary entered religious life from St. Patrick Parish in Norristown in 1956. She would go on to serve in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and in two other dioceses.

Sister Francis Loughran, 100, born in Ireland, served in Phila.

Hailing from St. John the Baptist Parish in the city's Manayunk section, the Sister, Servant of the Immaculate Heart of Mary served most of her 77 years in religious life within the Philadelphia Archdiocese.

Sister Adrienne Bradley dies at age 86

The Sister of St. Joseph was one of seven children born in Shamokin, Pa., and later moved to Philadelphia where she graduated from Little Flower High School then entered religious life where she served for many years.

Sister Eleanor Caterall, S.S.J. sister for 83 years, dies at 101

The Sister of St. Joseph was born and raised in New Jersey and entered the congregation in 1935. Her many years of ministry included service in the archdioceses of Philadelphia, Baltimore and Newark.