Sister of St. Joseph for 75 years dies at 94

Sister Marian L. Steiner, S.S.J., formerly Sister St. George, entered the congregation in 1943 and went on to serve in six dioceses, including the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.

Maryknoll brother who ministered to alcoholics in Japan, dies at 91

Philadelphia native Brother Harold Horne entered religious life in 1954 after serving in World War II. He would go on to serve the outcasts of society in Kyoto and Taiwan, especially drug addicts and alcoholics.

Jesuit Father Charles Currie, college and social justice leader, dies

Jesuit Father Charles Currie, a social justice advocate and longtime leader in Jesuit college education, died Jan. 4 after a recent illness. He was 88.

Pope sends condolences following death of Hong Kong bishop

Pope Francis has sent condolences and a blessing to the Hong Kong Diocese following the Jan. 3 death of Bishop Yeung Ming-cheung, 73, of liver failure.

Jesuit Father Rayan dies; pioneered theology with an Asian perspective

Jesuit Father Samuel Rayan, a pioneer of theology with an Asian perspective that colleagues and church leaders considered a "radical interpretation of the Bible," died at age 98.

Sister Wendy Beckett, art critic and British TV star, dies at age 88

Sister Wendy Beckett, who gained fame in the 1990s for television shows and books explaining art, died Dec. 26 in Norfolk, England, at the age of 88.

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.

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.

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.