Obituaries
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Father Robley E. Whitson, who served at parish assignments in Katonah and the Bronx, died June 12. He was 88. Cardinal Dolan will offer the Funeral Mass in the chapel of the John Cardinal … more
Sister Janet Hartwick, O.P., who served as director of personnel at Dominican College in Orangeburg, died May 13 at St. Martin de Porres Community in Blauvelt. She was 91. From 1979 to 2009, … more
Sister Marita Regina Bronner, S.C., who served at SS. Peter and Paul School in the Bronx for 27 years, died June 8 at Good Samaritan Hospital in Suffern. She was 94. Sister Marita Regina was at … more
Msgr. John M. McCarthy, who served for 28 years as pastor and administrator of St. Patrick’s parish in the Richmondtown section of Staten Island, died June 12 at the Cardinal O’Connor Clergy … more
Cardinal Elio Sgreccia, the former head of the Pontifical Academy for Life, died June 5. He was 90. A bioethics expert, the president emeritus helped articulate the Vatican’s position on … more
Sister Helen Doychak, O.P., a member of the Dominican Sisters of Hope who served as a district superintendent in the archdiocese’s Department of Education for eight years, died June 5 at Calvary … more
Sister Ruth Dowd, R.S.C.J., who served at Manhattanville College in Purchase for 47 years, died May 31 in Albany. She was 100. Sister Ruth was at Manhattanville, 1982-2011 and 1949-1967, where she … more
Sister Bernadette Desrochers, C.N.D., who served nearly 40 years as a teacher and bursar at Notre Dame Academy on Staten Island, died May 20 at Andrus on Hudson in Hastings-on-Hudson. She was … more
Sister Joan Pardell, O.P., who served as principal of Our Lady of Mercy School in the Bronx, died June 4 at St. Dominic Villa in Hazel Green, Wis. She was 85. Sister Joan was at the Bronx school … more
Sister Frederick Mary Depew, C.S.JB., the provincial treasurer of the Sisters of St. John the Baptist since 2015, died May 23 at Mount St. John Convent in Purchase. She was 76. She was superior of … more
Bishop Joseph A. Galante, who headed the Diocese of Camden from 2004 until his retirement in 2013, died May 25 at Shore Medical Center in Somers Point, N.J. He was 80. His death followed a long … more
Sister Janet Carroll, M.M., who received a papal honor for her work with the Holy See’s Mission and served the U.S. Catholic China Bureau for 20 years, died May 28 at Cedar Manor Nursing and … more
Sister Mary Natalie Ruane, R.S.M., a teacher at Aquinas High School in the Bronx for 32 years, died May 17 at McAuley Hall in Watchung, N.J. She was 91. Sister Mary Natalie taught at Aquinas, … more
Sister Mary Gertrude Naab, M.M., who served in Hawaii for 27 years, died May 17 at Marknoll Sisters Center, Ossining. She was 97. Sister Mary served in Hawaii, 1971-1988 and 1944-1954. She was at … more
Church bells could be heard ringing throughout Lebanon May 12 mourning Cardinal Nasrallah P. Sfeir, the country’s retired Maronite Catholic patriarch known for defending his country’s sovereignty … more
Sister Thérése Tangney, O.P., a teacher in the Bronx for 20 years, died May 7 in Montefiore Nyack Hospital in Nyack. She was 92. Sister Thérése taught in the Bronx at Msgr. Scanlan High … more
Father John Durkin, pastor of Immaculate Conception parish in Amenia for 21 years, died May 6 at Viera Hospital in Viera, Fla. He was 79. Father Durkin served at Immaculate Conception from 1988 … more
Sister Sheila O’Friel, D.C., who was executive director of the Kennedy Child Study Center in Manhattan and the Bronx for six years, died April 28 at Villa St. Michael in Emmitsburg, Md. She was … more
Anne M. Buckley, who served as editor in chief of Catholic New York from 1991 to 2000 and was one of the founders of the archdiocesan newspaper a decade earlier, died April 23. She was 87. Ms. … more
Sister Patrice Murphy, S.C., who served at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Manhattan for 28 years, died April 18 at Schervier Nursing Care Center in the Bronx. She was 86. Sister Patrice served in … more
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