Msgr. Michael John Joseph Long, 69, pastor of St. Agnes Roman Catholic Church in Sellersville, died Thursday of an aortic aneurysm at Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township.
He had been pastor since January 1983, during which time the parish grew from 400 families to 2,000.
Earlier, he was parochial vicar at Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church in Shenandoah, Pa.; Good Shepherd Church in Philadelphia and Our Lady of Fatima Church in Secane, Delaware County. He also taught at Cardinal Dougherty High School in Philadelphia, Bishop McDevitt High School in Wyncote and St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Lower Merion.