October 5, 2013 |
The Rev. Joan R. Watson, 77, formerly of Medford, an Episcopal priest, died of metastatic melanoma Wednesday, Sept. 25, at her daughter's home in Alpharetta, Ga. Rev. Watson was rector at Grace Episcopal Church in Pemberton for more than 20 years until she retired in 2006. Born in Runnemede, Rev. Watson graduated from Audubon High School in 1953 and earned a bachelor's degree in business and social work. She then earned a master's in social work at the University of Pennsylvania and a master's of divinity at the General Theological Seminary in New York, daughter Sue Hamilton said.
January 17, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - A Cuban-born Episcopal priest popular with the family of President Obama as well as that of former President George W. Bush has been picked to deliver the inaugural benediction Monday. The selection came nearly a week after antigay remarks from the 1990s sank the White House's first choice. The Rev. Luis Len is a priest at St. John's Church, across Lafayette Square from the White House. The first family has attended services at St. John's several times, and the Bush family regularly attended the church as well.
January 9, 2013 |
The Rev. Canon James Elliott Purdy, 99, an Episcopal priest in the Diocese of New Jersey for 74 years, died Sunday, Jan. 6, at the Evergreens, a continuing care community in Moorestown. Canon Purdy formally retired in 1984 after serving as rector of Grace Church in Merchantville for 18 years. But he never left the ministry that defined his life. Until recently, he assisted in weekly worship at the Evergreens chapel, and provided a 24/7 listening post for fellow residents in need of his counsel - not to mention the healing power of his jokes.
December 21, 2012 |
The Seamen's Church Institute has been a fixture on the Philadelphia waterfront for nearly 170 years, providing friendly help each year to 40,000 seafarers whose ships dock in ports along the Delaware. Soon, the interdenominational ministry will have a new head chaplain and executive director: the Rev. Peter B. Stube, 61, an Episcopal priest who served 13 years as rector of the Church of the Redeemer in Springfield, Delaware County. For the last decade, he has been rector of Christ Church of New Bern, N.C., the second-largest parish in the Diocese of East Carolina.
November 22, 2012 |
The Rev. Mary E. Laney, 71, an Episcopal priest and advocate for social justice who served congregations in Philadelphia and Gladwyne, died of cancer Monday, Nov. 19, at Lankenau Hospital. Rev. Laney, a native Philadelphian, was the rector of St. Gabriel's Episcopal Church in the city's Feltonville section for 15 years until about 2005. Until her death, she was assistant rector of St. Christopher's Church in Gladwyne. She was a leader of Philadelphia Interfaith Action, a faith-based community advocacy group that pressured public officials and business leaders on issues ranging from gun violence and public safety to affordable housing.
October 12, 2012 |
Thanks to a sharp-eyed Episcopal priest, Haddonfield police have arrested and charged a pair of suspected copper thieves. "Don't mess with a priest," the Rev. Patrick Close of Grace Church on Kings Highway posted on his Facebook page Tuesday. Close saw two young men the previous day in an area of the church grounds not open to the public and went out to question them, he reported. They departed, but when he left that night, Close noticed the rectory's copper downspouts were gone.
April 4, 2012 |
The Rev. Joseph H. Laird, 92, a chemist before he became an Episcopalian priest and later in life a computer systems designer, died Sunday, April 1, of heart failure at Kindred Hospital. "The reason he gave up chemistry," his son, Craig, said Tuesday, "was the work that his father-in-law was doing. So much more meaningful. " The Rev. Charles E. Eder, who married his daughter, Shirley, to the chemist in January 1947, was rector at Grace Episcopal Church in Mount Airy. The father-in-law, Craig Laird said, "was charismatic, a magnetic personality, who turned down several offers to be made bishop because he enjoyed being rector of a city church.
September 29, 2011 |
The Rev. Raymond Atlee, 78, a retired Episcopal priest who enjoyed studying theology and philosophy and was devoted to human rights and the environment, died Friday, Sept. 23, at Cathedral Village in Philadelphia. A prominent member of the clergy in the Diocese of Pennsylvania, Father Atlee was rector of St. Mary's Church in Wayne for 26 years. "The theme of his tenure was the parish as family and one's other home," said his wife, Anne Tyler Atlee. "It was a community we could all draw on, and it's what prompted his interest in people marginalized by political conflict.
September 1, 2011 |
A Episcopal priest defrocked by the local diocese must step down as rector of his Rosemont parish and vacate the premises after 21 years there, a Montgomery County Court judge has ruled. The Rev. David Moyer, 60, said Wednesday that he was saddened by Judge Stanley Ott's decision but would abide by his order to leave the Church of the Good Shepherd. He said he hoped to become a Roman Catholic priest. An outspoken critic of liberal trends in the Episcopal Church, Moyer was defrocked in 2002 by the Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania after he agreed to become a bishop in a small, conservative Anglican denomination.