Father Charles W. Durney, a retired priest of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, died at St. Francis Country House, Darby, on Tuesday, Feb. 19.
Father Durney was born on May 6, 1934, in Philadelphia. He is the son of the late Charles J. Durney and the late Dorothy Reed. Father Durney attended St. Barnabas School, Philadelphia, and West Catholic High School, Philadelphia, before entering St. Charles Borromeo Seminary.
Father Durney was ordained on May 18, 1963, at the Cathedral of SS. Peter and Paul, Philadelphia, by Archbishop John J. Krol.
Father Durney served as parochial vicar at Queen of the Universe Parish, Levittown; St. Thomas Aquinas Parish, Croydon; St. Cecilia Parish, Philadelphia; St. Andrew Parish, Newtown; St. Laurence Parish, Upper Darby; and St. Joseph Parish, Downingtown. He also served as chaplain at St. Mary’s Villa, Ambler.
Father Durney served on the faculty at Bishop Kenrick High School, Norristown, from 1970 through 1985. He retired from active ministry in June 1997.
A viewing will be held on Saturday, Feb. 22 beginning at 9:30 a.m. followed by his funeral Mass at 11 at St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church, 606 Shore Road, Somers Point, N.J.
Father Durney is survived by his brother, John (Lori), and nieces and nephews. Interment will be at St. Mary’s Byzantine Cemetery, Tuscarora, Pa.
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