Msgr. Bernard Herron, pastor emeritus of St. Barnabas Parish, dies at 80

Msgr. Bernard J. Herron, 80, pastor emeritus of St. Barnabas Parish in Southwest Philadelphia and a former principal of Archbishop Kennedy High School in Conshohocken, died Saturday, Aug. 29, 2009, at Villa St. Joseph in Darby, Delaware County, a residence for retired priests.

Among other assignments, Msgr. Herron had also served as a parochial administrator of the now-closed St. Mary of Czestochowa Parish in Southwest Philadelphia.

He was ordained a priest May 8, 1954, at the Cathedral of SS. Peter and Paul in Philadelphia by Archbishop John F. O’Hara and named a monsignor by Pope John Paul II March 14, 1998.

Cardinal Justin Rigali is scheduled to celebrate Msgr. Herron’s funeral Mass at 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 3, at St. Barnabas Church.

Interment will be at Holy Cross Cemetery, Yeadon, Delaware County.

A complete obituary will appear in next week’s issue of The Catholic Standard & Times.