Obituaries

Well-known Catholic TV host Father Apostoli dies at 75

Father Andrew Apostoli, founder of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal and an EWTN host, author and retreat master, died in his New York Friary Dec. 13.

Oregon native Sister Lucy, S.H.C.J., dies at 80 in Rosemont

Sister Lucy Malarkey, S.H.C.J. (formerly Mother Daniel Mary), taught molecular biology, practiced pastoral ministry and directed Catholic spirituality during her 57 years as a Sister of the Holy Child Jesus.

Sister Elizabeth Gehrman dies, was Holy Child Sister for 68 years

The Philadelphia native first met the Holy Child Sisters as a student at West Catholic High School for Girls and joined the order in 1946. After years of ministry on both coasts, she died Dec. 2 at age 90.

Deacon Raymond Wellbank, formerly serving at Lansdale parish, dies

The permanent deacon ordained in 2007 for Philadelphia had been serving in the Archdiocese of Boston since his 2015 retirement. He died suddenly Dec. 9 at age 66 in Gloucester, Mass., where he resided.

Longtime teacher in Trenton Catholic schools dies at 75

Franciscan Sister Daniel Marie McCarthy, a native of County Cork, Ireland, ministered in elementary education for most of her 52 years in religious life.

Sister Florence Sponga dies at 95

The West Philadelphia native and former Sister Stanislaus was a member of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Chestnut Hill for 75 years, ministering in four dioceses, including Philadelphia.

Sister Rose Marie Eichner dies at 75, served in hospital ministry

The Franciscan sister ministered in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and the Diocese of Allentown, where she was born and raised, for 54 years. She served in education, health care and pastoral care.

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.

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.

Sister Regina Mundi Boell, 63 years in IHM order, dies

The Immaculate Heart of Mary sister died at age 81 in Camilla Hall, Immaculata, where she also ministered in the Apostolate of Prayer and managed the gift shop for many years.