‘Outstanding African-American Catholic’ Robert James dead at 74

By JIM GAUGERSpecial to The CS&T Robert James saw a need, and he filled it. “It was back in the early 1970s that Bob was mostly connected with Most Precious Blood Parish, 28th and Diamond Street,” said Msgr. Wilfred Pashley, pastor of St. Rose of Lima and St. Barbara Parishes in West Philadelphia. “He was […]


Compiled by Angela Arrington Sister Maria Coronata Hansbury, I.H.M.Sister Maria Coronata Hansbury, I.H.M., formerly Beatrice Hansbury, died Dec. 27, 2008 at Camilla Hall. She entered into the Congregation of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in 1953 and professed her first in 1956. She later went on to earn her undergraduate degree […]


Compiled by Angela Arrington Romeo D. ManziRomeo D. Manzi died Dec. 27, 2008. He was 99. He was born to the late Dominic and Frances O’ Donnell Manzi and was the husband to the late Mary Regina Hogan Manzi and the late Gladys M. Ferguson Fitzgerald Manzi. He was in the first class to graduate […]


John SemanikJohn Semanik, 78, a hospice patient and lifelong member of Holy Ghost Byzantine Church in South Philadelphia who was the subject of a feature story in the Nov. 27, 2008 edition of The Catholic Standard & Times, died, Dec. 25, 2008, in Paoli. The CS&T story highlighted Semanik’s attendance at Mass Sunday, Nov. 16, […]


Sister Alice Ignatia Ackerman, O.S.F.Sister Alice Ignatia Ackerman, O.S.F., died on Dec. 4, 2008. She was 88. She was born in Wilmington, Del., and later became a professed member of the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia for 65 years. Prior to her entrance into the congregation, she graduated from P.S. DuPont High School and […]

Father Joseph Senske dies at 87

By Nadia Maria SmithCS&T Staff Writer Father Joseph A. Senske died at Villa St. Joseph in Darby on Thursday, Jan. 1, 2009 after almost 61 years of priestly service. He is remembered for his gentleness, humility, compassion and great sense of humor, according to those closest to him. Father Senske was born in Philadelphia on […]


Compiled by Angela Arrington Sister Regina Miriam Glowacz, I.H.MSister Regina Miriam Glowacz, I.H.M., formerly Anne Glowacz, died Dec. 5, 2008 at Camilla Hall. She was born in Philadelphia to the late William and Anne Marie Diamond Glowacz and graduated from Little Flower Catholic Girls High School, Immaculata College and St. Charles Borromeo Seminary’s Religious Studies […]

Father Joseph Walsh, of St. Francis de Sales, dies at 87

By Nadia Maria SmithCS&T Staff Writer Father Joseph E. Walsh, 87, pastor emeritus of St. Francis de Sales Parish in Lenni, died Dec. 29, 2008, after nearly 62 years of priestly service to the Church. Cardinal Justin Rigali celebrated the funeral Mass at St. Francis de Sales Church on Saturday, Jan. 3, 2009. Father Walsh […]

Father William A. Wright dies at age 71

By Lou BaldwinSpecial to The CS&T Father William A. Wright, 71, pastor emeritus of St. Bernadette Parish in Drexel Hill, died Dec. 24, 2008. Earlier this year, when word got out that he was diagnosed with cancer, 800 people attended an impromptu Holy Hour for him at his church, according to Msgr. Richard J. Powers, […]

Father Joseph Kennedy, of All Saints Parish, dies at 90

By Lou BaldwinSpecial to The CS&T Father Joseph J. Kennedy, 90, pastor emeritus of All Saints Parish, died Dec. 22, 2008, at St. Francis Country House, Darby. Born in Philadelphia, the son of the late Henry F. and Anna (Quinn) Kennedy, he attended Assumption B.V.M. School and Roman Catholic High School before entering St. Charles […]