December 18, 2014 |
Msgr. Francis A. Menna, 84, a retired pastor, regional vicar, and rector for Villa St. Joseph, the home for retired priests in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia, died Wednesday, Dec. 10, of cardiac arrest at Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital. Born in Philadelphia, Msgr. Menna attended La Salle College High School and La Salle College before entering St. Charles Borromeo Seminary. He was ordained May 16, 1964, by Cardinal John J. Krol at the Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul.
November 4, 2014 |
IF YOU WERE a cop or a firefighter in need of spiritual solace, the man to see was Monsignor James Joseph Howard. He was chaplain of the League of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, and he was there day and night to help when the men and women who deal with tragedy and violence in their daily lives needed answers to their spiritual questions. Monsignor Howard was a legendary Philadelphia priest, the longest serving rector of the Cathedral Basilica of Ss. Peter and Paul, a former faculty member of two Catholic high schools and a man who rendered his priestly duties always with the heart of Jesus.
November 2, 2014 |
Msgr. James Joseph Howard, 89, longtime rector of the Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul, died Tuesday, Oct. 28, at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. Born May 19, 1925, Msgr. Howard was the son of Veronica and James Howard Sr. of Pottsville, Pa., where he was raised. He went to St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in 1943 and was ordained in 1952. He officiated at his first Mass in June 1952, at the Church of St. Patrick in Pottsville. He was later the assistant pastor at St. Mary's Church in Beaver Meadows, Pa., and St. Francis de Sales and Our Lady of Angels in Philadelphia.
June 24, 2014 |
The Rev. Canon Anna Stewart Powell, 69, of Lumberton, rector of St. Martin-in-the-Fields Episcopal Church there from 2001 to 2012, died of cancer Thursday, June 19, her birthday, at home. She was a canon for the Cathedral of the Episcopal Diocese of New Jersey in Trenton, said her husband, the Rev. John Charles Powell. Mother Powell "did a marvelous job" at St. Martin-in-the-Fields, parishioner Marsha Cavender, said. "When she went there, it was a mission with seven to 12 people who attended regularly.
February 17, 2014 |
ONCE A MONTH, in its stunning neo-Gothic church atop Chestnut Hill, the congregation at St. Paul's Episcopal Church gets its full Anglican on for a sung evening service called Choral Evensong. It's glorious to hear, as the superb St. Paul's Choir and remarkable 6,357-pipe organ interpret an ancient liturgy first celebrated in the 1500s - and based on nighttime ritual observed by monks for a thousand years before that. And it's something to see, with candles lit along the aisles casting warm light on the sanctuary's elaborate woodwork and stained glass, and a procession of clergy and choristers in their vestments.
June 8, 2013 |
The rector of St. David's Episcopal Church in Wayne and his family were injured when their small sight-seeing plane crashed into rugged mountain terrain in southeast Alaska. Another passenger, Thomas L. Rising of Santa Fe, was killed when the de Havilland Canada DHC-2 Beaver went down near the town of Peterson on Tuesday afternoon. Rev. W. Frank Allen, his wife, Amy, and their three grown sons, Will, Rob and Ben were on the third day of a Duke University Alumni cruise when they boarded the optional sight-seeing excursion, said Patty Diskin-Cahill, a spokesman for the cruise company, Lindblad Expeditions.
April 11, 2013
The Right Rev. Allen Bartlett, a retired Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania, will be among those honored Saturday at an event hosted by the Women's Sacred Music Project. The occasion is the 10th Anniversary of "Voices Found: Women in the Church's Song," a hymnal supplement that focuses on women-centered spiritual music. The publication is now officially part of the Episcopal Church's liturgical materials and is also used by other denominations. Bartlett and the Rev. Paulette Schiff, retired associate rector of St. Marks Episcopal Church in Philadelphia, will be the first recipients of an award created by the music project, which aims to promote the creation and performance of music by, for and about women.
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.
June 19, 2012 |
The Rev. Jean Mather, 65, rector of Christ Church and St. Michael's Episcopal Church in Germantown, died Wednesday, June 13, of heart failure while attending a vestry meeting in the parish house. Dr. Mather had been rector since 1999 and also served on the board of Episcopal Community Services in Philadelphia. "Mother Jean, as she preferred to be called, was a great comfort to all she visited," said vestry member Muriel Rains. "Mother encouraged feeding the hungry, reaching out to the community, and caring for one another.