Obituaries

Bishop DiLorenzo “cheerfully did whatever the church asked of him,” Archbishop Lori says

Archbishop William E. Lori remembered Richmond Bishop Francis Xavier DiLorenzo as a “good moral theologian,” an “excellent seminary rector” and a bishop who “cheerfully did whatever the church asked of him.”
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Pezullo, who oversaw CRS’ move to Baltimore, dies at 91

Coming to CRS after a career in the U.S. Foreign Service, Pezzullo is credited with taking the agency "to a new level of professionalism and impact"
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Donald J. Reitz, first lay superintendent of schools in Baltimore Archdiocese, dies

Donald J. Reitz, the first lay superintendent of schools for the Archdiocese of Baltimore, was described as a “renaissance man,” equally adept at writing books on education as he was maintaining a car.
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Loyola University grapples with murder of Dean’s List student

Jesuit Father Brian F. Linnane, president of Loyola University Maryland, used Scripture and the sentiments of the grandparents who raised the deceased in attempting to make sense of the grisly murder of one of the college’s rising sophomores.
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Sister Mary Ita Lashley, vowed member of the School Sisters of Notre Dame, dead at 102

Sister Mary Ita Lashley died peacefully on June 21, 2017. She was 102 years of age and lived the religious life she so desired.
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Sister Fidelis Flannery began education ministry at Dundalk parish school

A funeral Mass was offered July 6 at Our Lady of Peace Residence in Scranton, Pa., for Sister M. Fidelis Flannery, of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Sister Fidelis died June 30 in Scranton, a month before her 84th birthday.
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Father Callahan, longest-serving pastor of St. Margaret in Bel Air, dies at 80

“He was a great intramural football player, tough as nails," Deacon Patrick Goles said of Father Callahan. “He was a hard-nosed pastor, too. He knew what he wanted. Do the right thing, and let the chips fall where they may. That’s how he lived.”
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Joaquin Navarro-Valls, former Vatican spokesman, dies of cancer

Joaquin Navarro-Valls, who spent 22 years as director of the Vatican press office, died at home in Rome July 5 at age 80 following a battle with pancreatic cancer.
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Pope praises late-Cardinal Meisner’s faithful, fearless dedication

Cardinal Meisner was one of four cardinals who formally asked Pope Francis to clarify his teaching on Communion for the divorced and civilly remarried. The 83-year-old cardinal died unexpectedly in his sleep July 5 while on vacation in southern Germany.
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Former St. Elizabeth of Hungary pastor was humble adventurer

Third Order Regular Franciscan Father Robert T. Sisk, who died June 23 at the St. Francis Friary at Mount Assisi in Loretto, Pa., was remembered as a kind-hearted parish priest whose humble personality contrasted with an adventurous past serving in foreign missions.
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