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The CatholicTV Network to Air the Funeral Mass for Bishop Joseph McFadden

5/7/2013 - 8:30 AM PST

Catholic PRWire

WATERTOWN, MA (May 7, 2013) The CatholicTV Network will air the Funeral Mass for Bishop Joseph McFadden of Harrisburg, PA on Wednesday, May 8, 2013 LIVE at 10:30AM ET.

The funeral service for Bishop McFadden will be held at the Holy Name of Jesus Church in Harrisburg, PA. The presider will be Archbishop Chaput of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.

Bishop Joseph P. McFadden, tenth Bishop of the Diocese of Harrisburg, 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.

In 1976 Bishop McFadden 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 St. 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 St. Peter and Paul on July 28, 2004.

On June 22, 2010, Pope Benedict XVI appointed Bishop McFadden the Tenth Bishop of Harrisburg. His installation took place on August 18, 2010 at St. Patrick Cathedral in Harrisburg, PA.

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.

The Funeral Mass will broadcast on CatholicTV and

About the CatholicTV Network:

Founded in 1955, CatholicTV Network is a national broadcast television network streaming a live feed 24 hours a day at Heeding Pope Benedict XVI's call to greater utilize the power of television and new media, the CatholicTV Network features its cable TV station, Catholic web site, mobile apps and widget. Celebrate Mass online; pray The Rosary; enjoy programs on prayer, the saints, the Scriptures and the Catholic Church on America's Catholic Television Network.

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