Reverend Monsignor Francis X. Dreger, Pastor Emeritus, Saint Cecilia Parish, Philadelphia, died on Wednesday, September 21, 2022.
Monsignor Dreger was born on October 21, 1926, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He is the son of the late Robert Dreger and Mary Dougherty. Monsignor Dreger attended Saint Joseph Parochial School, Collingdale and Saint Clement Parochial School, Philadelphia and West Catholic High School, Philadelphia, before entering Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary.
Monsignor Dreger was ordained on May 19, 1951, at The Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul, Philadelphia by Most Reverend Hugh L. Lamb. He was named Honorary Prelate of His Holiness John Paul II on May, 29, 1991. Monsignor Dreger served as Parochial Vicar, Saint Mary of the Assumption Parish, Coaldale; Saint John Baptist de la Salle Parish, Shillington, Saint Joseph Parish, Spring City, Our Lady Help of Christians Parish, Philadelphia, and Saint Ignatius of Loyola Parish, Philadelphia. He served on Faculty at Monsignor Bonner High School, Drexel Hill and Roman Catholic High School for Boys, Philadelphia. He served as Pastor, Holy Cross Parish, Philadelphia from 1979 to 1985. In 1985, he was appointed Pastor, Saint Cecilia Parish, Philadelphia, and named Pastor Emeritus, there in 2001.
The Reception of the Body will be held at Saint Cecilia Church, Philadelphia on Saturday, October 1, 2022, at 9:30 AM, followed by a viewing. Most Reverend. Michael J. Fitzgerald will celebrate the Funeral Mass at 11:30 AM. Concelebrating the Funeral Mass will be Reverend Monsignor George L. Strausser, Reverend Christopher M. Walsh, Reverend Stephen F. Katziner, and Deacon Louis S. Malfara will be the homilist.
Monsignor Dreger is survived by his nieces and nephews. Interment will be at Holy Cross Cemetery in Yeadon.
Join the CatholicPhilly.com family
CatholicPhilly.com works to strengthen the connections between people, families and communities every day by delivering the news people need to know about the Catholic Church, especially in the Philadelphia region, and the world in which we live.
By your donation in any amount, you and hundreds of other people become part of our mission to inform, form in the Catholic faith and inspire the thousands of readers who visit every month.
Here is how you can help:
- A $100 gift allows us to present award-winning photos of Catholic life in our neighborhoods.
- A $50 gift enables us to cover a news event in a local parish, school or Catholic institution.
- A $20 gift lets us obtain solid faith formation resources that can deepen your spirituality and knowledge of the faith.
- A small, automated monthly donation means you can support us continually and easily.
Won't you consider making a gift today?
Please join in the church's vital mission of communications by offering a gift in whatever amount that you can ― a single gift of $40, $50, $100, or more, or a monthly donation. Your gift will strengthen the fabric of our entire Catholic community and sustain CatholicPhilly.com as your trusted news source. Thank you in advance!
Make your donation by credit card here:
Or make your donation by check:
222 N. 17th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103