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PA Catholic Bishop Joseph P. McFadden has died

Bishop Joseph P. McFadden

Bishop Joseph P. McFadden died unexpectedly while attending a meeting of the Catholic Bishops of Pennsylvania being held in Philadelphia. He was 65 years old.

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Bishop Joseph McFadden Web 2013The diocese of Harrisburg will be holding a mass to commemorate the death of Bishop Joseph McFadden one year ago, today.

It will begin at noon in Saint Patrick Cathedral.

Bishop McFadden was named the 10th bishop of Harrisburg by Pope Benedict XVI in 2010 and was installed later that year.

Local News
05/08/13

Bishop Joseph McFadden laid to rest

Hundreds attended the funeral  for Harrisburg Bishop Joseph McFadden. The Bishop died unexpectedly last week of a heart attack. His funeral mass held at Holy Name of Jesus in Lower Paxton Township. The Roman Catholic Bishop of Harrisburg being remembered as loving, humble, energetic and caring.

Bishop John Barres of Allentown gave the homily at the mass.

“  In the wide range of people he touched and influenced, he welcomed everyone as a person sent and entrusted to him by Christ himself,” says Barres

A testament to his life were the hundreds of those in attendance. Among them, a group of the Bishop’s former classmates  and teammates from Philadelphia. They remember him as a devout man of the cloth who wasn’t afraid to let loose on the basketball court.

“He was a down to earth guy, even though he was a Bishop if you were to meet him on the street you’d never know it. Like Gerry said he related to you one on one and that’s exactly the way he was,” says Fran Dunigan, of Philadelphia

Bishop Barres explaining how his passion for playing and coaching basketball was similar to how he worked in the church.

“ Make no mistake about it. Joseph McFadden may have been a kind and gentle priest and Bishop but he always played to win,” says Barres

After the funeral mass the Bishop was buried in Holy Cross Cemetery in Swatara Township, his burial site at the Bishop’s Circle ,where other bishops before him were laid to rest.

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It is a final goodbye to a man serving the Catholics of Harrisburg for nearly three years and Catholics across Pennsylvania for over 30 years.  Bishop Joseph McFadden will be laid to rest today as people remember and celebrate his life.

It was certainly a life cut to short.  Sixty five-year-old Joseph McFadden was just finishing his third year as the head of the Catholics here in Harrisburg.  People are remembering him as a well-respected leader with his heart in the right place.  A black drape sits over top of the entrance to the Holy Name of Jesus Church as a funeral service will mark the end of McFadden’s life and the beginning of a search for a new holy leader in Harrisburg.

One final goodbye, one final chance to pay respects to the 10th Bishop of the Archdiocese of Harrisburg.  Joseph McFadden will be laid to rest today after his sudden death nearly a week ago.

“We lost a great model for us.  [He was] a model of the faith. Someone who reached out to other people and tried to evangelize,” said a mourner.

mcfadden churchThat model of faith served the people of Harrisburg for nearly three years.  In his time, McFadden became known for his down-to-earth ways, never putting himself above others or his work.

“He had an awesome responsibility but he was definitely a man of the people,” said a mourner.

The Philadelphia native focused much of his energy on kids and Catholic education.  Having grown up in a Catholic school, McFadden believed parents should have the right to choose the type of education they feel best suited their kids.

“I recently heard the Bishop didn’t have any acquaintances, they were all friends. He welcomes everyone in,” said Father Robert Gillelan Jr.

Father Gillelan, Pastor of Prince of Peace Parish in Steelton, was selected as the Administrator of the Diocese.   That position will run the diocese and conduct services until a new Bishop is appointed.  That appointment is a long process, often taking eight months or more.  The final decision will rest with the Pope who can choose anyone he so desires.  Still, the church and its work will continue on.

“The leadership in the diocese is fine, there’s a process in place so no crisis in that sense,” said Joe Aponick, spokesman for the Archdiocese of Harrisburg.

Today will begin with a final viewing at the Holy Name of Jesus Church.  That begins at 8 a.m.  At 10:30 a.m., the funeral mass will begin.  That mass is expected to last between an hour and a half and two hours.  Finally, Bishop McFadden will be buried in Bishop’s Circle at Holy Cross Cemetary in Harrisburg.  It will be a final resting spot for a man who gave so much of his life for others.

Local News
05/07/13

Wednesday Funeral Mass for Bishop McFadden

The funeral service for Bishop McFadden will be held at the Holy Name of Jesus Church, 6150 Allentown Blvd, Harrisburg, PA on Wednesday, May 8. Services that day will begin at 8 a.m. with a Rite of Gathering in the Presence of the Body. The Solemn Funeral Mass will begin at 10:30 a.m. Burial will be at Holy Cross Cemetery in the Bishop’s Circle area.  The cemetery is located across from St. Catherine Laboure Parish, 4000 Derry Street, Swatara Township.

 

Wednesday, May 8 -

Holy Name of Jesus Church,

6150 Allentown Blvd, Harrisburg, PA 17112

8:00 a.m.           Rite of Gathering in the Presence of the Body

Viewing of the Body

10:00 a.m.        Closing of the Coffin

10:30 a.m.        Solemn Funeral Mass

Burial in Holy Cross cemetery

Local News
05/06/13

Tuesday Services for Bishop McFadden

Bishop McFadden will lie in state until Tuesday evening, May 7 when a Rite of Transfer of the Body will be held. The coffin will be closed during all services and viewings will end at the conclusion of the evening prayer services.

The funeral service for Bishop McFadden will be held at the Holy Name of Jesus Church, 6150 Allentown Blvd, Harrisburg, PA on Wednesday, May 8. Services that day will begin at 8 a.m. with a Rite of Gathering in the Presence of the Body. The Solemn Funeral Mass will begin at 10:30 a.m. Burial will be at Holy Cross Cemetery in the Bishop’s Circle area.  The cemetery is located across from St. Catherine Laboure Parish, 4000 Derry Street, Swatara Township.

Tuesday, May 7 – St.  Patrick Cathedral, 212 State Street, Harrisburg, PA

8:00 a.m.          Rite of Gathering in the Presence of the Body

Viewing of the Body

12:00 p.m.        Mass

12:45 p.m.        Viewing of the Body

4:00 p.m.          Rite of Transfer of the Body to Holy Name of Jesus Church

7:00 p.m.          Solemn Evening Prayer

Wednesday, May 8 – Holy Name of Jesus Church,

6150 Allentown Blvd, Harrisburg, PA 17112

8:00 a.m.           Rite of Gathering in the Presence of the Body

Viewing of the Body

10:00 a.m.        Closing of the Coffin

10:30 a.m.        Solemn Funeral Mass

Burial in Holy Cross cemetery

Services continue for the former Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Harrisburg,  Bishop Joseph McFadden.  The bishop, died suddenly from a heart attack Thursday in Philadelphia. Many of those in attending Monday’s  mass were his colleagues from various parishes throughout the diocese. They described their late bishop as humble, patient, and caring.

“One of my first memories of the Bishop was at a confirmation mass, and after he was sitting with some of the older priests and when it came time for coffee and desert, we got up and served them. And that`s just who he was, “ says Connie Eagen, St, Joan of Arc Catholic Church, Hershey

“ He had an awesome responsibility but he was definitely a man of the people,” says Anthony Ciucci, with Good Sheppard in Camp Hill

Services continue Tuesday at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Harrisburg. With funeral services Wednesday at Holy Name of Jesus in Lower Paxton Township.

Catholics around Central PA are paying their final respects to Bishop Joseph McFadden.  The Harrisburg Diocese says he died of a heart attack last week.

Sunday, the St. Patrick Cathedral, in Harrisburg, was filled with people who offered prayers to the Bishop.  It’s the start of 3 days of funeral services.

Joe Aponick is the spokesperson for the Diocese of Harrisburg.  He says, “Bishop’s death was a shock for everybody that worked for him and even ordinary Catholics and people who knew him in general in the community.  But the leadership in the Diocese is fine, there’s a process in place so no crisis in that sense.”

Aponick says on Monday, an administrator is elected to run the Diocese until the Pope appoints a new Bishop.

McFadden will lie at St. Patrick’s through Tuesday evening.  Then, he will be transferred to Holy Name of Jesus Church, in Lower Paxton Township.  A funeral will be held on Wednesday.

Bishop McFadden was 65 years old.

The Diocese of Harrisburg have confirmed that Bishop McFadden’s cause of death was a heart attack. Bishop McFadden passed away Thursday morning in Philadelphia.

His body will be received this evening at Saint Patrick’s Cathedral in Harrisburg where it will lie in state until Tuesday evening. Funeral services are planned for Wednesday morning at the Holy Name of Jesus Church in Harrisburg.

Local News
05/04/13

Obituary: Bishop Joseph McFadden

BISHOP MCFADDEN

Bishop Joseph McFadden
May 22, 1947- May 2, 2013

Bishop Joseph P. McFadden, tenth Bishop of the Diocese of Harrisburg, died unexpectedly on May 2 in Philadelphia, where he was attending a meeting of the Catholic Bishops of Pennsylvania.  Bishop McFadden was 65 years old, and served as the Bishop of Harrisburg since August 18, 2010.

He was born on May 22, 1947 to Thomas and Ellen (Griffin) McFadden in Philadelphia; baptized at St. Rose of Lima Parish, attended Our Lady of Lourdes elementary school and St. Thomas More High School where he was class valedictorian.

In 1969 he graduated from St. Joseph University with a Bachelor of Science degree in politics. As a freshman he played on the college basketball team and during his remaining years in college he coached boys basketball, first at St. Thomas More High School and then at West Catholic High School for Boys, where he joined the faculty after graduation.  He also served as Director of Athletics for West Catholic and was a member of the Board of Directors for the Philadelphia Catholic League.

In 1976 he entered St. Charles Borromeo Seminary, Overbrook, and graduated summa cum laude. He was ordained to the priesthood on May 16, 1981 by Cardinal John Krol of Philadelphia  in the Cathedral Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul.

His first assignment as a priest began in June 1981 as parochial vicar at St. Laurence Parish in Highland Park, Pa.  The following year he became Administrative Secretary to Cardinal Krol, a position he held until 1993. On May 29, 1991, he was named as Honorary Prelate to His Holiness Pope John Paul II with the title of Monsignor.

In 1993, Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua of Philadelphia appointed him as the first President of Cardinal O’Hara High School in Springfield, Pa. where he worked to establish the school’s innovative “Laptops for Learning” program.

In 2001, he was assigned as pastor of St. Joseph Parish in Downingtown, Pa., where he served until his appointment as Auxiliary Bishop of Philadelphia in June 2004. He was ordained to the Episcopacy by Cardinal Justin Rigali of Philadelphia in the Cathedral Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul on July 28, 2004.

On June 22, 2010, Pope Benedict XVI appointed him the Tenth Bishop of Harrisburg.

His installation took place on August 18, 2010 at St. Patrick Cathedral, Harrisburg

Bishop McFadden was a strong advocate for Catholic education, and a tireless promoter of parents’ rights to choose the education best suited for their children.  He also embraced the use of technology in evangelization, and hosted countless web and video conferences with school students whereby he engaged them through catechesis, question-and-answer sessions, and opportunities for prayer.

He served as a member of many organizations including as President of the Pennsylvania Catholic Conference;  chairman of the United States Bishops’ Committee on Catholic Education as well as their Task Force Committee on Faith Formation and Sacramental Preparation.  He served as a member of the Board of Trustees at Saint Vincent Seminary in Latrobe, Pa  and in 2009 became the recipient of the first Shamrock Award presented by the Alumni of St. Thomas More and West Catholic High Schools.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas and Ellen (Griffin) McFadden, and is survived by his brother, John McFadden and his wife Mary Jo, Immaculate Heart of Mary Sister Jane McFadden, and Ellen McConney and her husband Patrick, eight nephews and nieces, and nine great-nephews and nieces.

Bishop McFadden’s body will be received at St. Patrick Cathedral, 212 State Street, Harrisburg, on Sunday, May 5 at 7 p.m., where he will lie in repose until Tuesday, May 7 at 4 p.m.  Solemn Evening Prayer will take place at St. Patrick Cathedral on Monday, May 6 at 7 p.m. The Rite of Transfer of the Body will take place Tuesday, May 7 at 3 p.m. at St. Patrick Cathedral and received at 4 p. m. at Holy Name of Jesus Church, 6150 Allentown Blvd. Harrisburg with Solemn Evening Prayer at 7 p.m.

The Solemn Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Holy Name of Jesus Church, on Wednesday,

May 8 at 10:30 a.m. with a public viewing beginning at 9:00 a.m. and end Burial will be in the Bishops’ Circle at Holy Cross Cemetery, 4075 Derry Street, Harrisburg.

Letters of Condolences may be sent to:

Mrs. Ellen  McConney

458 Gateswood Drive

West Chester, PA 19380

 

Contributions in the name of Bishop McFadden may be made to Catholic Education, Diocese of Harrisburg, 4800 Union Deposit Road, Harrisburg, PA 17111

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