Obituaries

Sister Bernard Helene McGuire, longtime teacher, dies at 92

A professed member of the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia for 72 years, the native of Baltimore ministered there for 47 years, as well as in Philadelphia, as a teacher and parish pastoral minister.

Franciscan Sister Dorothy Franz dies at 80

The former Sister Edward Miriam had been a professed member of the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia for 60 years. She served primarily in education, and served 58 years in the Archdiocese of Baltimore.

Father Francis Kelly, retired pastor, dies at 91

The retired pastor of St. Teresa of Avila Parish in Norristown, the same town where he was born and raised, died Sept. 25 at age 91. The funeral Mass is Oct. 1.

Nurse, health care leader Sister Audrey Kimbar dies at 82

The sister of the Holy Family of Nazareth served at Nazareth Hospital, St. John Neumann Nursing Home and Immaculate Mary Nursing Home in Philadelphia and Holy Family Nursing Services in Allentown.

Father Albert Santorsola, pastor of Delco parish, dies at 63

The South Philadelphia native served at several parishes and taught for years in Catholic high schools before leading St. Rose of Lima Parish, Eddystone in 2018.

Deacon Edward Hanley of St. Timothy Parish dies at 73

A retired SEPTA employee who was ordained a permanent deacon in 2006, Deacon Hanley served his Northeast Philadelphia parish by visiting the sick, teaching and writing on scripture.

Funeral rites set for Father Anthony Orth, pastor in Norwood

Ordained in 1975, Father Orth led St. Gabriel Parish in Delaware County and is well known for his volunteer ministry to the homeless and needy of Chester. The funeral Mass will be livestreamed.

Sister McNamee, ‘one of the giants in Catholic education,’ dies at 89

She was the first woman president of the National Catholic Educational Association, president of a women's university and held other positions of leadership in Catholic education.

Cardinal Jaworski, once a ‘secret cardinal,’ dies at 94

Cardinal Marian Jaworski, a close friend of St. John Paul II since the 1950s and former Latin-rite archbishop of Lviv, Ukraine, died Sept. 5.

Professor, administrator Sister Mary Catherine Gurley dies

The Sister of St. Francis of Philadelphia was a professor of education at several colleges for many years and administrative vice president of Neumann University for nine years.