October 25, 2001 |
Msgr. James F. Baldrick, 65, pastor of Epiphany of Our Lord Roman Catholic Church in Plymouth Meeting, died of brain cancer Sunday at St. Joseph Villa in Flourtown. Msgr. Baldrick had been pastor at Epiphany Church for eight years and previously had been pastor for seven years at Sacred Heart Church in Oxford, Chester County. After he became ill last year, he continued to perform his priestly duties until last month - making sick calls and counseling his parishioners. Msgr.
October 11, 1992 |
Msgr. Arthur P. DiGiacomo, pastor of the Annunciation B.V.M Church at 10th and Dickinson Streets since 1969, died Thursday at the parish rectory. Msgr. DiGiacomo, 69, frequently gave invocations for many of the city's Columbus Day celebrations and was given the Liberty Bell Award by then-Mayor Frank L. Rizzo. In 1969, Msgr. DiGiacomo was made grand chaplain to the Order of the Sons of Italy of Philadelphia, and in 1974 the Italian Consul bestowed on him the honorary title of Cavaliere.
May 28, 1992 |
A Catholic priest who lectures at Congregation Ohev Shalom. A Catholic priest who is co-pastor of Swarthmore Presbyterian Church. Those are just two of the ways parishioners and friends have come to know Msgr. Frederick J. Stevenson, pastor emeritus of St. John Chrysostom Church in Nether Providence. For decades, he has served an extended congregation. "We call him the Jewish monsignor, and we love him. We have had him here many times to lecture to the adults, speak with the teens and talk from the pulpit," said Rabbi Joseph Kaplan of Congregation Ohev Shalom in Wallingford.
October 29, 1996 |
He's a 5-foot-5 monk from Lebanon who walks through the Italian Market, hearing confessions from butchers, bakers and fruit peddlers. He's Msgr. Sharbel R. Lischaa, who's always on call for the merchants on Ninth Street, as well as the 80 families who make up his Maronite Catholic church at 10th and Ellsworth in South Philadelphia. The congregation at St. Maron's includes Lebanese and Italians, an African American family, and Vietnamese and Chinese Catholics. The monsignor also receives Muslim and Gypsy visitors at his tiny rowhouse rectory.
August 15, 1991 |
Msgr. Robert P. Maginnis stared past the stark white walls and paisley curtains, out the rectory window at his parish church of four years, St. Alphonsus in Maple Glen. The newly appointed vicar of Montgomery County rarely altered his gaze as he recalled his life, from boyhood in Northeast Philadelphia to his new post as the county's highest-ranking Catholic official. His memory of his May 13, 1961, ordination is especially vivid. "I remember the tremendous joy I had as I was lying on the floor of the cathedral sanctuary.
February 22, 1989 |
Msgr. James T. Walmsley, 70, who presided at St. Dorothy Church in Drexel Hill and was remembered for bringing church members the same warm compassion that he had always brought his family, died Sunday at the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center. Sturdy and bespectacled, with thinning hair and expressive features, Msgr. Walmsley had served the 2,400 families of St. Dorothy's since 1974. And during nearly 15 years at the Delaware County parish, the monsignor became known as a leader who extended himself.
February 2, 2013 |
Msgr. Henry B. Degnan, 91, retired pastor of St. Joseph Parish in Aston, who delivered wise counsel and one-liners along with the homily, died Monday, Jan. 28, of a heart attack at Mercy Suburban Hospital. "It's heaven's gain," said the Rev. Joseph C. Dieckhaus of Exton, a friend and colleague. Msgr. Degnan, known as "Harry," was born on Aug. 20, 1921, the Feast of St. Bernard, from which his middle name was derived. Raised in Norristown, Msgr. Degnan attended St. Patrick School, but was expected to take public transportation to West Catholic High School for Boys.
December 17, 1986 |
They say you can't go home again, but Msgr. Charles V. Devlin, the pastor of St. John's Catholic Church on South 13th Street, between Market and Chestnut Streets, isn't so sure about that. He grew up down the street and around the corner from St. John's - in an old rooming house at 12th and Locust. Now he's back in the old neighborhood as the shepherd of his old parish and, with Christmas on the wing, he's filled with all sorts of warm and tender memories of a childhood spent on the asphalt of a Philadelphia that is no more.
December 28, 1994 |
A police car with flashing lights led a hearse and four limousines slowly down Eighth Street in South Philadelphia yesterday, past rowhouses with angels and Santa Clauses in the windows, toward the Termini Bros. Bakery. The Cannoli King was taking his last ride. Joseph Termini, known to his employees and customers as "Mr. Joe," took one last trip past the bakery where he spent his life, before the funeral procession headed over the bridge, to a private burial in New Jersey.
August 17, 1991 |
By March 1988, more than two years after he signed a makeshift agreement to help a friend establish a preserve for peregrine falcons on church land, Msgr. Charles J. Schaeflein just wanted out. "I'm in between my loyalty to the archdiocese and my commitment to this contract, and whichever way I go, I am a loser," he testified in Bucks County Court yesterday. "I'm trapped. " Msgr. Schaeflein's exasperation was evident as he testifed about his role in a dispute that began when St. Andrew's Church in Newtown inherited part of an estate six years ago. The priest, 72, who resigned as pastor in 1989 at the archdiocese's request, conceded that he did not properly alert archdiocesan officials when he agreed to sell land along Eagle Road in 1986 to Nancy Washo, a longtime friend.