Obituaries

Msgr. John Miller, beloved by families and priests, dies at 80

Educated at the Vatican and for years a professor of liturgy and dean of men at St. Charles Seminary, the retired pastor of St. Frances Cabrini Parish died Dec. 1. His funeral is Dec. 5.

As mentor and model, Msgr. Miller was ‘huge influence’ on Bishop Senior

"The best thing we can offer our people is the sacraments well-celebrated" is just one saying of Msgr. John Miller that Bishop Timothy Senior, rector of St. Charles Seminary, recalls from his friend, whose funeral Mass he will celebrate Dec. 6.

St. Joseph Sister Joan Anna Lyons dies, was religious sister for 68 years

The former Sister Saint Christopher, a native of Camden, N.J., entered the congregation in 1949 and went on to teach in schools of the Philadelphia Archdiocese and the Allentown and Camden dioceses.

Sister Marian Teresa Brophy, 93, dies at Camilla Hall

The native of Most Blessed Sacrament Parish in Philadelphia entered the I.H.M congregation in 1944. She taught in schools of the Philadelphia Archdiocese and in Chile and Peru, and was a DRE in Camden.

Sister Catherine Georgine Portner, longtime teacher, dies at 99

The Sister of St. Francis of Philadelphia, a native of Mahanoy City, Pa., was a teacher or principal at Catholic schools in four dioceses for most of her 81 years in religious life.

Deacon Charles Pavonarius of St. Jerome Parish dies at 80

A Philadelphia native, graduate of Northeast Catholic High School and U.S. Army veteran, "Deacon Charlie" was ordained in 1992. He is remembered for his humility, prayer and ministry -- with his wife by his side.

Sister Monica Mikutel, 102, dies in the 85th year of religious life

The Sister of the Holy Family of Nazareth entered the congregation in 1933. She served 62 years as a nurse at Nazareth Hospital, Philadelphia, and earned her bachelor's in nursing in 1958 at Villanova.

Sister Elizabeth Ledger dies at 90; taught in three dioceses

After attending St. Francis of Assisi Grade School in Norristown and West Catholic High School in Philadelphia, she entered the Sisters of St. Joseph in 1952 with the name Sister M. Helen Anita.

Sister of St. Joseph dies in 68th year of religious life

Sister Regina Brown, S.S.J., died at age 86. A graduate of Nativity School in Port Richmond and Little Flower High School, she went on to teach in schools in Philadelphia and Camden.

SNAP founder and longtime president Blaine dies at 61

Barbara Blaine, who founded the Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests and served as its president until last February, died Sept. 24 in St. George, Utah.