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August 4, 2002 | By Patrick Kerkstra INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The liberal leader of Pennsylvania's Episcopal Church is taking his case against an archconservative rector directly to the faithful today. Bishop Charles Bennison Jr. ordered ministers to read a a five-page letter during Mass that justifies the suspension of the Rev. David Moyer, the head of the Church of the Good Shepherd in Rosemont and a national leader of conservative Episcopalians. Father Moyer embraces a traditional reading of the Bible and believes that women and homosexuals should not be made ministers.
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September 5, 2008 | By Sally A. Downey INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The Rev. Sheldon Moody Smith, 82, of Wayne, retired rector of Washington Memorial Chapel in Valley Forge, died of an infection Sunday at Kindred Hospital in Havertown. Father Smith served as rector of Washington Memorial Chapel from 1965 until his retirement in 1990. The chapel, an Episcopal parish and a national memorial to George Washington, has more than 300 communicants and serves as a wayside church to tourists from all over the world who visit Valley Forge National Historical Park.
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November 2, 2014 | By Marcus Biddle, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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August 20, 1999 | By Rusty Pray, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The Rev. John F. Leser, 72, the parish bad boy who returned to his old church as a man and served its congregation for 32 years, died Tuesday at Chestnut Hill Hospital of complications following a stroke. Father Leser was rector of Calvary Episcopal Church in Germantown from 1960 until he retired in 1992. Growing up, he had sung in a Calvary choir, but he was a choirboy in name only. The old Gothic stone church at the corner of Manheim Street and Pulaski Avenue was the scene of many of his boyhood misdeeds.
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August 16, 1989 | By Marie McCullough, Inquirer Staff Writer
Ask anyone who has had a tour of Philadelphia's historic district to name the city's oldest Episcopal church, and the answer no doubt will be Christ Church. Ask the same question of the Rev. Noble M. Smith, rector of Trinity Church Oxford, and he'll say, "It depends how you count. " Granted, Trinty Church Oxford's congregation was founded in 1698, three years after Christ Church began meeting. But Trinity's church building on Longshore Street was erected in 1711 - a full 16 years before the Christ Church building in Center City.
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December 23, 1997 | By Bill Price, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Dr. C. Leighton Erb, 80, retired rector of St. John the Evangelist Episcopal Church in Essington, died of prostate cancer Friday at the medical facility at Granite Farms in Glen Mills. Dr. Erb served as rector of St. John's for 20 years until he retired in 1987, at which time he was named rector emeritus. Ordained an Episcopal priest in 1966, Dr. Erb graduated from the University of Maryland, and received a master of divinity degree from the Philadelphia Divinity School and a doctorate in religious studies from Pacific Western University.
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June 9, 1991 | By Kimberly J. McLarin, Inquirer Staff Writer
With an Episcopal bishop for a father, it might have been expected that the Rev. Dr. Harry S. Longley would become a man of God. What was not expected was that he would also become an outspoken foe of racial discrimination and injustice in a time when those practices were accepted as law in some places. But he did, in Philadelphia during the 1950s and in the four other cities where he was rector of Episcopal churches, said his son, Robert Longley. "It was in accordance with the principles of the church he believed in," his son said.
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June 22, 1990 | By Ralph Cipriano, Inquirer Staff Writer
After he found out he had inoperable cancer two years ago, the Rev. Dr. Noble M. Smith, rector of Trinity Church Oxford in Northeast Philadelphia, decided to take a positive approach to the time he had left. "Each day is a miracle to me," he said in an interview in August. Dr. Smith, who inspired others with his courage during his final days, died yesterday at Sacred Heart Home in Philadelphia. He was 56. In February 1988, doctors found Dr. Smith had inoperable cancer of the colon, kidneys and liver.
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June 8, 2013 | By Kathy Boccella, Inquirer Staff Writer
    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.
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February 20, 1989 | By Katharine Seelye, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Rev. Thorne Sparkman, 84, the former rector of the Church of the Redeemer in Bryn Mawr, died Friday at the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center. Mr. Sparkman, a native of Atlanta, in 1923 graduated from the University of South Carolina, where he was class president, editor of the campus newspaper, a member of the honor society and a debater. He also played varsity basketball and tennis. The next year he received his master's degree and was awarded a Rhodes scholarship.
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December 18, 2014 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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November 4, 2014 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
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.
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November 2, 2014 | By Marcus Biddle, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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June 24, 2014 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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February 17, 2014 | BY BECKY BATCHA, Daily News Staff Writer batchab@phillynews.com, 215-854-5757
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.
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June 8, 2013 | By Kathy Boccella, Inquirer Staff Writer
    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.
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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.
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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.
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June 19, 2012 | By Sally A. Downey and INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
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