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Wednesday, August 12, 2020
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  • Sister Sara Ann Abell, who taught hundreds how to read, dies at age 102
    Sister Sara Ann Abell, a Sister of Charity of Nazareth for 84 years, who served for more than two decades in Southern Maryland, died Jan. 24 in Louisville, Ky. She was 102 years old.
  • Mourners honor Joe Gallagher, legendary St. John’s basketball coach

    Longtime St. John’s College High School basketball coach Joe Gallagher often consoled his assistants and players after a defeat remarking, “We might have lost a game, but I have never lost a party.” As family members and friends gathered at Gallagher’s Mass of Christian Burial at St. Bernadette Church in Silver Spring, they honored a firm but fair coach, father and grandfather who also won at life. A member of the St. John’s class of 1939, the former coach and history teacher died Sept. 15 of natural causes. He was 93.


  • Retired Bishop Raymond J. Boland, former chancellor of the Archdiocese of Washington, dies in home country of Ireland at age 82
    Retired Bishop Raymond J. Boland of Kansas City-St. Joseph, who in the 1980s served in the Archdiocese of Washington as chancellor and vicar general, died Feb. 27 in Cork, Ireland, in a hospice facility surrounded by his family. He was 82.
  • Author Tom Clancy dies at age 66; was supporter of Catholic education
    Even after Tom Clancy became an international best-selling novelist whose fans included the likes of President Ronald Reagan, the Baltimore-born writer never forgot the role his hometown Catholic education played in giving him the tools to his success.
  • Dan Napolitano, dynamic educator at Georgetown Prep and with Holocaust Museum, dies
    As a dynamic religion teacher at Georgetown Preparatory School in North Bethesda from 1990-2000, Dan Napolitano challenged students to make a difference in the world. Then he did just that, becoming the director of teacher education and special programs at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, teaching teachers across the United States and around the world how to teach about the Holocaust, to help prevent it from ever happening again.
  • Father Kenney, former  Our Lady of  Perpetual Help pastor, dies
    Josephite Father Peter James Kenney, a priest of the Society of St. Joseph for almost 57 years and the former pastor at two Washington parishes, died Easter Sunday, March 31, at St. Joseph Manor in Baltimore. He was 92.
  • Father Paul Barry recalled as 'great scholar and  humble, holy priest'
    Father Paul J. Barry, the retired archivist for the Archdiocese of Washington and a priest for nearly 65 years, died Jan. 14 at Carroll Manor Nursing Home in Northeast Washington. He was 92 years old. He was remembered at his Jan. 18 funeral Mass as a man of "great literary scholarship" who was "devoted absolutely to Jesus Christ and Our Blessed Lady."
  • Catholic jazz pianist Dave Brubeck dies; known for 'Take Five'
    Dave Brubeck, the influential and prolific pianist whose composition "Take Five" became a standard in the annals of jazz, died Dec. 5 at age 91, one day before his 92nd birthday.
  • John S. Mulholland, who in 1964 became one of the first lay lectors in the Archdiocese of Washington, died on April 5, Holy Thursday, at the age of 88.
  • Elizabeth Pohlhaus, a longtime parishioner at St. Francis de Sales Parish in Washington who worked as a scientist and at the Catholic University of America, died on March 29, one day after her 90th birthday.
  • Father John P. Stack, a retired priest of the Archdiocese of Washington and founding pastor of St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Derwood, died March 21. A priest for more than 55 years, he was 83 years old, and had lived in Silver Spring.
  • Marg Abendshein, a longtime volunteer at St. Rose of Lima Parish in Gaithersburg, died March 9 of pneumonia after suffering from cancer. She was 65. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated for her at St. Rose at 11 a.m. on March 31.
  • (John David White, aged 70, passed away Dec 22 due to colon cancer. A well- loved member of his family and community, he was born in East Liverpool, Ohio, and grew up in Edgewood, Md. He enlisted in the Army and billeted at the Berlin Wall during the crisis. After leaving the Army John worked exclusively for Washington Gas Company until 1995. He belonged to St Michael's Church in Baden and provided their produce and ran their annual Apple and Flower sales. (This tribute to John David White was written by Scott Rall, his son-in-law, who works as an account executive for the Catholic Standard's advertising sales department.)
  • Joseph Robert Jr. remembered as a champion for children
    The Dec. 14 Mass of Christian Burial at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle for Washington businessman and philanthropist Joseph E. Robert Jr. was celebrated by Cardinal Donald Wuerl, and the mourners included noted government, military and business leaders and entertainers. And as his casket was carried down the cathedral steps after the Mass, Robert was saluted by an honor guard of 20 Junior ROTC members from his alma mater, St. John's College High School.
  • Msgr. Awalt dies, was longtime head of CYO and St. Ann's pastor
    At the Dec. 21 Mass of Christian Burial for Msgr. William Awalt, he was remembered in a homily by Msgr. Peter Vaghi as "a priest's priest and a priest who served so faithfully the priests and laity assigned to him." The veteran parish priest was remembered as a man who taught Jesus' gospel by his words and by his example. "There was no finer homilist or better teacher," said Msgr. Vaghi, the pastor of the Church of the Little Flower in Bethesda.
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