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October 5, 2013 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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October 19, 2002 | By Jim Remsen INQUIRER FAITH LIFE EDITOR
Barely a month after defrocking one defiant priest, Episcopal Bishop Charles E. Bennison has taken action against another priest from the handful of traditionalist parishes that have rejected his authority. In an Oct. 7 letter, the bishop "inhibited" the Rev. Edward L. Rix of All Saints' Church in Wynnewood from functioning as a priest in the Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania. The letter also warned the All Saints' vestry board that if it kept Father Rix as its interim rector, the diocese might take over the parish and its holdings.
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September 23, 2010
The Rev. John E. Margos, 84, an Episcopal priest in Delaware County for more than three decades, died of respiratory failure Sunday, Sept. 19, at Heartland Hospice in Wilmington. He had lived in Parkville, Md., since 2000. Born in Philadelphia, Father Margos graduated from Northeast High School and was a Navy signalman in the South Pacific. He took part in five landings, among them at Luzon in the Philippines and at Okinawa. When he returned home, he played center field from 1947 to 1950 for the North Philadelphia Cardinals, a semipro team in the Penn-Del League.
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February 3, 2001 | By William R. Macklin, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The Rev. William E. Dornemann, 64, an Episcopal priest and scholar who spent five years translating Nazi documents for the Library of Congress, then preached that it is the responsibility of all people to combat hatred, died Sunday of leukemia at St. Mary Medical Center in Langhorne. Father Dornemann, rector of the Church of the Incarnation in Lower Makefield, Bucks County, was the son of German immigrants. His parents spoke their native tongue in their Mineola, N.Y., home, and Father Dornemann grew up with a deep respect for the language and culture of his ancestors.
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September 29, 2011 | By Art Carey, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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May 11, 1990 | By Rich Henson, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Rev. Francis Apple, a South Dakota Sioux Indian who for years was the recipient of tens of thousands of dollars in donations from the well-heeled parishioners of Good Samaritan Episcopal Church in Paoli, faces removal from the priesthood. Robert Maule, chancellor of the South Dakota Episcopal Diocese, said yesterday that Father Apple was convicted by an Episcopal court in April on five counts of conduct unbecoming a priest and violating ordination vows. Under church law, the ruling was not made public until this week to allow Father Apple time to appeal, which he has not done.
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October 12, 2012 | By Joseph A. Gambardello, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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October 5, 2013 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
January 17, 2013 | By Michelle Boorstein, Washington Post
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.
NEWS
January 9, 2013 | By Kathleen Tinney, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
BUSINESS
December 21, 2012 | By Linda Loyd, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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November 22, 2012 | By Vernon Clark, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
October 12, 2012 | By Joseph A. Gambardello, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
April 4, 2012 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
September 29, 2011 | By Art Carey, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
September 1, 2011 | By David O'Reilly, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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