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Franciscan sister, a native of Ireland, dies at 81

Posted on April 14th, 2015

Sister Elena Goulding, O.S.F.Sister Elena Goulding, O.S.F., taught and served in prison ministry. In her later years she returned to minister in her native County Kerry.


Deacon Richard Stoughton dies at 72, serving his parish

Posted on April 7th, 2015

Deacon Richard L. StoughtonThe deacon, owner of an advertising firm in Chester County, died in the sacristy of Our Lady of the Rosary Parish in Coatesville while preparing for Mass on Palm Sunday.


Art teacher, Sister Mary Deborah Abel, dies at 69

Posted on April 1st, 2015

Sister Mary Deborah Abel, I.H.M.Born in San Diego and raised in St. Clement Parish in Philadelphia, the I.H.M. sister taught art in schools of the Philadelphia Archdiocese and Camden diocese.


Philadelphia priest and Air Force chaplain dies at 85

Posted on March 31st, 2015

Father Howard K. KrickFather Howard Krick rose to the rank of lieutenant colonel and served at air bases around the world, celebrating Mass on Mount Fuji. He died last week at age 85.


Father Joseph O’Brien, beloved priest in NE Phila., dies

Posted on March 30th, 2015

Father Joseph E. O'BrienThe priest who was raised in an orphanage served his entire priestly ministry as a parochial vicar, including 31 years in St. Leo Parishes. He was 90.


Deacon Radetzky, mentor of other deacons, dies at 92

Posted on March 26th, 2015

Deacon William RadetzkyAmong the earliest permanent deacons ordained for the Philadelphia Archdiocese, Deacon William Radetzky worked until age 82, and actively served Epiphany of Our Lord Parish until 2011.


Father Gwiazda, longtime Polish parish pastor, dies at 72

Posted on March 10th, 2015

After his ordination in 1969, Father Francis Gwiazda ministered all his years in Polish parishes of the Philadelphia Archdiocese. He didn’t take vacations, “he just wanted to be with his people,” said a priest friend.


Immaculate Heart sister who taught in all grade levels dies at 74

Posted on March 4th, 2015

Sister M. Jane Anne Molinaro taught in elementary and secondary schools, plus undergraduate and graduate students at Immaculata. She was the last of six siblings, natives of Norristown.


Msgr. Galyo, retired Phoenixville pastor, is laid to rest

Posted on March 2nd, 2015

Msgr. John M. Galyo, 87, a beloved former pastor of two parishes in Phoenixville, was buried March 2. “His wish was that priests should be happy,” said a priest friend.


Father Theodore Hesburgh, higher education leader, diplomat, dies at 97

Holy Cross Father Theodore Hesburgh, center, is pictured in a 2013 photo with Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York and Holy Cross Father John I. Jenkins, Notre Dame's president. (CNS photo/Sam Lucero, The Compass) Posted on February 27th, 2015

Holy Cross Father Theodore M. Hesburgh, who led the University of Notre Dame through a period of dramatic growth during his 35 years as president and held sway with political and civil rights leaders, died Feb. 26 at the age of 97.


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