Obituaries

Msgr. Bernard Trinity, pastor and principal, dies at 93

Raised in West Philadelphia, Msgr. Trinity was ordained in 1954 and went on to lead Cardinal Dougherty and Archbishop Carroll for Girls high schools before being appointed pastor of Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish, Southampton.

Father Dennis Boyle, former Navy chaplain and pastor, dies at 75

Ordained in 1973, he served as a chaplain from 1989 to 2008, then as pastor of St. Jerome Parish in Philadelphia until 2015. He will be laid to rest Sept. 4 at St. Charles Borromeo Church, Drexel Hill.

Richard Trumka, AFL-CIO president, dies; Catholic faith shaped his career

Born into a family of coal miners in Pennsylvania, Trumka worked in the mines himself, but went to college and law school and became the nation's top labor leader. He died at 72 of a heart attack.

Brother James Gavin, beloved Franciscan friar, dies at 89

The Capuchin Franciscan was born to a large family in Ireland and eventually made his way to Pennsylvania and, through religious life, a 20-year assignment at St. John the Evangelist Parish in center city Philadelphia where he was humble but not meek.

Sister Mary Heenan, ministering in Phila. region, dies at 79

A sister of St. Joseph since 1960 and formerly known as Sister Joseph Constance, the native of Atlantic City served in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and the Diocese of Trenton. Funeral services will be livestreamed Aug. 5.

Native of Ireland who ministered in southern U.S. dies at 78

Sister Elizabeth Patricia Murphy, a professed member of the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia for 59 years, was originally from County Cork, Ireland. She was a leader in education and honored for her work of 34 years in the Orlando Diocese.

Sister Janice Marie Yust, longtime nurse, dies at age 69

Since the 1990s Sister Janice had lovingly embraced her hospice/home health ministry for Holy Redeemer Hospital in Philadelphia. As a Missionary Sister of the Most Sacred of Jesus, she served as a nurse in Catholic hospitals since 1973.

Sister Mary Elizabeth Schmidt, I.H.M., dies at 82

The former Sister Margaret Joann, who was raised in Lancaster, served mostly in Catholic education for her 64 years in the I.H.M. congregation.

I.H.M. Sister Joseph Maureen Curran dies at 91

The former Dorothy Mary Curran grew up in Most Blessed Sacrament Parish in West Philadelphia and entered the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in 1949, where she served most of her 72 years of religious life in education.

Sister Barbara Colligon, I.H.M., dies at 83

The Little Flower High School grad from St. Martin of Tours Parish in Philadelphia took the name Sister Catherine William in 1958 with the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. She went on to teach and serve in schools from 1960 to 2016.