Augustinian Father Gus Esposito, teacher and mentor, dies at age 69

Born in Philadelphia and raised in Delaware County, the priest was a PhD Spanish professor, leader of Msgr. Bonner High School and spiritual director at St. Charles Seminary. Funeral rites are set for Friday and Saturday.

Sister Agnes Marie O’Brien, leader and hospital CEO, dies at 94

In her 66 years as a Franciscan sister, the former Sister Timothy Marie was a leader of her congregation and a Catholic hospital CEO in Baltimore and Trenton.

Father Thomas Furey, long-serving archdiocesan priest, dies at 74

Raised in West Philadelphia, after is ordination in 1973 he would serve faithfully as a parochial vicar at several parishes before being named pastor of Mother of Divine Providence Parish.

Sister Teresa Volpe, I.H.M., longtime teacher, dies at 97

The former Sister Thomas Bernard taught in Catholic schools or parish religious education for 59 years. She was a Sister Servant of the Immaculate Heart of Mary for 75 years.

Sister Dolorine Ryan, I.H.M., dies at 88

The native of St. Bernard Parish in Philadelphia spent 58 of her 69 years as a Sister Servant of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in education in Philadelphia, Virginia and Connecticut.

Longtime Neumann U staffer Sister Catherine Keller dies at 81

The Sister of St. Francis of Philadelphia spent 27 of her 60 years in the congregation serving on the clerical staff at Neumann University and volunteering at Immaculate Mary Home.

Sister Loretta Francis Mann dies at 92

The native of York, Pa. was a Sister of St. Francis of Philadelphia for 69 years, serving 23 years in the Philadelphia Archdiocese and 40 years in the Hartford Archdiocese.

Former leader of IHM order, Sister Clare McCrosson, dies at 93

In her 71 years of ministry, served as secretary general of the Sisters Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary for 18 years, and taught at all levels of education in the Philadelphia Archdiocese.

Permanent Deacon Joseph Sexton, Army vet and accountant, dies at 86

The retired permanent deacon of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia was ordained in 1995 and served at St. Mary of the Assumption Parish in Manayunk until 2009. His funeral is Dec. 22 at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church.

Sister Daniel Marie Liddy, I.H.M., dies in 67th year of religious life

The former Therese Liddy of Our Lady of the Rosary Parish in Philadelphia and West Catholic High School taught and served in Catholic schools throughout the Mid-Atlantic region. She was 86.