Father John J. Dinda, Pastor Emeritus, Saint Joseph Parish, Spring City, Pennsylvania, died on Friday, August 8.
Father Dinda was born February 15, 1933, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He is the son of the late John J. Dinda and the late Loretta I. Leahy. He attended Saint Barnabas Parochial School, West Catholic High School, Philadelphia, and La Salle College before entering Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary.
He was ordained on May 19, 1962, at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, Philadelphia, by John Cardinal Krol. Father Dinda served as Parochial Vicar at Our Lady of Mercy Parish, Philadelphia; Saint Agnes Parish, West Chester; Maternity B.V.M. Parish, Philadelphia; Our Lady of Charity Parish, Brookhaven, Saint Henry Parish, Philadelphia; Corpus Christi Parish, Lansdale; Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, Philadelphia; Saint Monica Parish, Berwyn; Saint Bridget Parish, Philadelphia; and Blessed Virgin Mary Parish, Darby. He was appointed Pastor, Saint Joseph Parish, Spring City, in 1988, and Pastor Emeritus in 2006.
The Reception of the Body will be held at Saint Francis Country House, Darby, on Wednesday, August 13, 2014, at 9:00 AM, followed by a viewing. Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap., will celebrate a Funeral Mass for Father Dinda at 11:00 AM. Concelebrating the Funeral Mass will be Reverend Monsignor Albert J. Byrne, Reverend Monsignor William A. Dombrow, Reverend H. James Hutchins, Reverend James C. Sherlock, and Reverend Monsignor Daniel J. Sullivan. Reverend Monsignor Albert J. Byrne will be the Homilist.
Father Dinda is survived by his sisters, Lucy of Austin, Texas, Sister Loretta Ann Dinda, IHM of Camilla Hall, Immaculata, Pennsylvania, and his brother Walter of Roxborough, Pennsylvania; 7 nieces and nephews, 21 great and 4 great-great nieces & nephews. Burial will be at Holy Cross Cemetery, Yeadon, Pennsylvania.
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