Msgr. Paul F. Curran, pastor emeritus of St. Albert the Great Parish in Huntingdon Valley, died Monday, April 19. He was 90.
He was born in Philadelphia, son of the late Nelson J. Curran and Marie J. McGeever. He attended St. Francis de Sales School in Philadelphia and St. Joseph’s Preparatory High School, Philadelphia, before entering St. Charles Borromeo Seminary.
He and his classmates were ordained priests by Archbishop John F. O’Hara on May 11, 1957 at Immaculate Conception Church in the city’s Germantown section, at a time when the Cathedral of SS. Peter and Paul was closed for renovations.
He was named an honorary prelate of Pope Paul VI on Jan. 18, 1976.
Msgr. Curran served as parochial vicar, St. Ann Parish, Lansford. He was on the faculty of Cardinal Dougherty High School, and served as a student priest at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.
Msgr. Curran also served the Philadelphia Archdiocese as assistant superintendent of schools and vicar for Catholic education.
In 1987 he was appointed pastor of St. Albert the Great Parish, Huntingdon Valley and named pastor emeritus in 2006.
Archbishop Nelson J. Pérez was the main celebrant of the funeral Mass April 22 at St. Albert the Great Church. Concelebrating were Msgr. James Tracy of the Diocese of Camden, and Fathers Quy Pham, James Hutchins, John J. Kelly, John D. Gabin, Norbertine Father Richard J. Antonucci and Msgr. Joseph P. Duncan, who was also the homilist.
Msgr. Curran is survived by his brothers, John (Rosemary), Vincent (MaryDenise), and sister Marie McHale, and many nephews and nieces.
Interment was at Calvary Cemetery in West Conshohocken.
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