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Former Vatican spokesman, Joaquin Navarro-Valls, dies of cancer

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VATICAN CITY — 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.

The current director of the Vatican press office, Greg Burke, announced his death in a tweet.

Joaquin Navarro-Valls, who served as director of the Vatican press office from 1984-2006, speaks during a Vatican press conference in this 2014 file photo. He died July 5. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Joaquin Navarro-Valls, who served as director of the Vatican press office from 1984-2006, speaks during a Vatican press conference in this 2014 file photo. He died July 5. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

In a statement to Catholic News Service, Burke said he did not always agree with Navarro-Valls, but his predecessor “always behaved like a Christian gentleman — and those can be hard to find these days.”

“Joaquin Navarro embodied what Ernest Hemingway defined as courage: grace under pressure. I got to know Navarro when I was working for Time, and the magazine named John Paul II Man of the Year. I expected to find a man of faith, but I found a man of faith who was also a first-class professional.”

Burke said he remembered watching Navarro-Valls closely during the 1994 U.N. International Conference on Population and Development in Cairo, which Burke described as “one of the best examples of what Pope Francis calls ideological colonization. It was fascinating to see someone who was defending the faith, but he wasn’t on the defensive. He was leading the fight.”

Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, who succeeded Navarro-Valls as Vatican press director beginning in 2006, remembered him as a “master in the way he carried out his service.”

“Navarro always remained a friend for me, an example of discreet spiritual life, true and profound, fully integrated in his work, a model of dedication at the service of the pope and the church, a master of communications, although for me, as I have already said, but repeat, inimitable,” Father Lombardi said in an editorial published July 6 on Vatican Radio.

Born in Cartagena, Spain, Nov. 16, 1936, Navarro-Valls joined Opus Dei after meeting St. Josemaria Escriva.

He studied internal medicine and psychiatry before obtaining degrees in journalism and communications sciences. He moved to Rome in 1970, where he collaborated with the Opus Dei founder.  

He became a correspondent for the Spanish newspaper ABC and was elected twice as president of the Rome-based Foreign Press Association in Italy before becoming the first lay journalist to become director of the Vatican Press Office when he was appointed by St. John Paul II in 1984.

After leaving his post at the Vatican, he served as president of the advisory board of the Opus Dei-affiliated Campus Biomedical University in Rome until his death.

An author of books on the family and fluent in several languages, Navarro-Valls often provided colorful, picturesque details concerning St. John Paul’s activities and daily life. He also acted many times as an adviser to the pope on the media impact of papal decisions.

He traveled with St. John Paul on almost all his apostolic journeys and became a well-recognized figure, especially after the pope became ill in 2004. He regularly held press conferences to relay news to the world of the pope’s deteriorating condition.

In 1992, Navarro-Valls overhauled the press office with a $2 million technological face-lift along with much-needed, modernized facilities. He also revolutionized the distribution of material by making archives, documents and statistics concerning the pope’s activity available online.

According to the Opus Dei website, a wake was to be held at Rome’s Basilica of St. Eugene July 6. His funeral was to be presided by Msgr. Mariano Fazio, vicar general of Opus Dei, July 7.

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Wilmington native Sister Jean Marie Odachowski dies at 102

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LODI, N.J. – Felician Sister Jean Marie Odachowski, a native of Wilmington, died June 11 at the Immculate Conception Convent infirmary in Lodi, N.J. She was 102 and had been a Felician for 85 years.

Sister Jean Marie was formerly known as Sister Mary Fulginette. Born Mary Odachowski, she was a graduate of St. Hedwig School in Wilmington before attending the Felician Sisters’ High School Aspirancy in Lodi. Read more »

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Father Edward Storck, who served in diocese since 1960, dies at 91

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Father Edward J. Storck, a retired priest of the Diocese of Wilmington, died June 12 at the age of 91.

Born in Baltimore, Father Storck entered the Third Order Regular of the Franciscans in 1943 and was ordained a priest while a member of that congregation in 1952. As a Franciscan, he was a pastor, military chaplain and teacher before becoming treasurer of St. Francis College in Loretto, Pa., in 1959. Read more »

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Former St. Thomas teacher Sr. Joyce Ann Helfrich dies at 68

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ASTON, Pa. – Sister Joyce Ann Helfrich, 68, a former teacher in the Diocese of Wilmington, died April 9 at her home in Baltimore. She had been a professed member of the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia for 47 years. Read more »

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Obituary: Sister Stephanie Wilson, OSU, worked at Ursuline, Ministry of Caring

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Sister Stephanie Wilson, an Ursuline sister for 60 years who served for many years in the Diocese of Wilmington, died March 29 at Andrus on Hudson in Hastings on Hudson, N.Y.

WilsonStephanieSister Stephanie was a teacher, including in Wilmington, and she also served her religious order as provincial treasurer. She also spent time in Wilmington as the business manager for Sacred Heart Village, and in various other positions with the Ministry of Caring, which runs Sacred Heart.

She also worked as the director of deferred giving for Catholic Relief Services, financial vice president and payroll accountant at Bethlehem University, and in Rome and California. She was a member of several boards, including Ursuline Academy.

Services were April 2 and 3 at the Ursuline Province Center in New Rochelle, N.Y. Father Ronald Giannone, the Capuchin Franciscan who is the executive director of the Ministry of Caring, celebrated her Mass of Christian Burial. The community requests donations in Sister Stephanie’s name be made to the Ursuline Sisters Retirement Fund, 1338 North Ave., New Rochelle, NY 10804.

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Father Gardocki, former Corpus Christi pastor, dies at 77

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Father Thomas F. Gardocki, who spearheaded the building of the new church at Corpus Christi Parish while the pastor there, died March 23 at home following a long illness. He was 77 and had been a priest of the Diocese of Wilmington for 52 years.

Father Gardocki was born in Michigan and attended Catholic schools there. He played football and boxed at the University of Notre Dame before being ordained at St. Peter Cathedral in 1965. Read more »

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Obituary: Sister Theresa Kane, OSF, taught in Wilmington

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ASTON, Pa. – Sister Theresa Kane, who was an educator in the Diocese of Wilmington for 15 years, died Feb. 3 at Assisi House. She was 87 and had been a professed member of the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia for 66 years. Read more »

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Former St. Matthew’s teacher Sister Antoinette Bosak dies at 94

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SCRANTON, Pa. – Sister M. Antoinette Boask, a member of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, died Jan. 17 at Our Lady of Peace Residence in Scranton, Pa. She was 94 and had been a member of the IHM Sisters for 76 years. Read more »

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Obituary: Sister Margaret VanWagenen, 79, OSF

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ASTON, Pa. – Sister Margaret VanWagenen, who spent four years as a resource teacher at Christ Our King School in the Diocee of Wilmington, died Dec. 19 in Assisi House. She was 79 and had been a professed member of the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia for 59 years.

van-wagenen-1957_margaret610Sister Margaret, formerly known as Sister Florecita, was born in Mitchell, S.D. She ministered primarily in education and child care. She spent 20 years in the Archdiocese of Spokane, Wash., and also worked in the archdioceses of Portland, Ore., and Philadelphia, and in the Diocese of San Bernardino, Calif.

Services will be in Assisi House, 600 Red Hill Road, Aston, on Dec. 21. A Christian wake service begins at 9:30 a.m., followed by a viewing and Mass of Christian Burial. Burial will be in Our Lady of Angels Cemetery. Donations in Sister Margaret’s name can be made to the Sisters of St. Francis Foundation, 609 S. Convent Road, Aston, PA 19014.

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Franciscan Sister Columbkill O’Connor, former teacher, dies at 102

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ASTON, Pa. – Sister Columbkill O’Connor, who spent three years teaching in the Diocese of Wilmington, died Nov. 6 at Assisi House. She was 102 and had been a professed member of the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia since 1938.

columbkillIn the diocese, she taught at St. Mary School in Wilmington and Immaculate Conception in Elkton, Md. She spent 52 years in the Archdiocese of Baltimore, primarily in education but also in parish ministry, and 13 years in the Archdiocese of Washington.

Services for Sister Columbkill, who was born in County Kerry, Ireland, are Thursday in Aston. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m. at Assisi House, 600 Red Hill Road, Aston, with burial in Our Lady of Angels Cemetery. Donations in her name can be made to the Sisters of St. Francis Foundation, 609 S. Convent Road, Aston, PA 19014.

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