August 4, 2002 |
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.
September 5, 2008 |
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.
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.
August 20, 1999 |
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.
August 16, 1989 |
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.
December 23, 1997 |
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.
June 9, 1991 |
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.
June 22, 1990 |
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.
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.
February 20, 1989 |
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.