Obituaries

Father Richard McAndrews dies, was pastor of Epiphany, Plymouth Meeting

One of 10 children raised in Good Shepherd Parish in West Philadelphia, he was ordained in 1967. He served at several parishes, taught at Cardinal Dougherty High School and was pastor until 2009, ministering actively until 2016.

Msgr. John Breslin dies; was pastor, archdiocesan leader

Ordained in 1961, Msgr. Breslin was pastor of two parishes and served as director of the archdiocesan Cemeteries Office, director of the Office for the Archdiocesan Synod and was regional vicar for Delaware County.

Sister Janet Baker, facilitator and teacher, dies at 83

A longtime teacher, she expanded her ministry as consultant to religious communities and schools. For years she aided the archdiocesan synod in Philadelphia and spent many years working as a trusted group facilitator across the archdiocese.

Franciscan Sister Mary Carmel Molloy, congregational leader, dies at 81

The native of Galway, Ireland -- who returned there as a sister for several years to tutor students -- had a wide-ranging ministry across the U.S. including service as a member of the sisters' congregational council in Aston.

Lou Baldwin, Catholic journalist for 35 years, dies at 86

The husband, father of nine, journalist and gentleman known by Philadelphia Catholics for his bylines on The Catholic Standard and Times and CatholicPhilly.com, died Oct. 18 in Philadelphia. Funeral services are set for Oct. 23 at St. Christopher Church.

Father Michael Rock, pastor of Our Lady of Lourdes, dies suddenly

The Mercedarian priest and pastor of the parish in Philadelphia's Overbrook section died unexpectedly Oct. 5 at age 62 while visiting his hometown of Cleveland, Ohio. He was ordained there in 1986 after receiving his formation at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary.

Anti-nuclear advocate, Sister Megan Rice, dies at 91

The Sister of the Holy Child Jesus' missionary zeal led her to peacefully protest for nuclear disarmament. She was arrested on many occasions and, at 82, spent two years in federal prison. Despite her selflessness and quiet demeanor, she earned national recognition for her activism.

Sister Madeline Davis dies at 89, was S.S.J. sister for 70 years

A Camden Catholic High School grad, she entered the Sisters of St. Joseph in 1951 taking the name Sister Francis Margaret. She would go on to serve in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and the Diocese of Trenton.

Sister Anne José Campbell dies at age 90

A Sister of St. Joseph for 71 years, the Northeast Philadelphia native and St. Hubert's grad served in the Philadelphia Archdiocese and the Camden Diocese.

Sister Eleanor O’Connell, S.S.J. dies at age 85

The graduate of St. Andrew School in Drexel Hill and Notre Dame High School in Moylan entered the Sisters of St. Joseph in 1954 and would minister for 67 years in four dioceses, including Philadelphia.