THE REVEREND JOHN JOSEPH MCNAMARA
Pastor Emeritus, Saint Stephen Church, Port Carbon, Pennsylvania, died on Thursday, 14 April 2016, at Holy Family Villa for Priests, Bethlehem, at the age of 92.
Born in Philadelphia, Father McNamara was the son of the late John and Margaret (Kennedy) McNamara. He is survived by a sister, E. Joan Maccario, Aldan, Delaware County; cousin, Frances Borton of Michigan; nieces, Joann and Margaret Mary; nephews, John and Robert; ten grandnieces and grandnephews. He is preceded in death by a sister, Margaret Mary McNamara.
Father McNamara attended the former Our Lady of the Rosary School, Philadelphia, and is a graduate of West Philadelphia Catholic High School. He attended Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary, Overbrook, where he received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Philosophy.
He was ordained to the Priesthood on 30 May 1953 by the Most Reverend John F. O’Hara, C.S.C., Archbishop of Philadelphia, at the Cathedral Church of Saints Peter and Paul, Philadelphia.
Father McNamara’s first priestly assignment was Professor, Allentown Central Catholic High School, with residence at Saint Catharine of Siena Parish Rectory, Allentown, followed by Director, Holy Family Manor for Priests, Bethlehem; Administrator, Saint Stephen Church, Port Carbon, and then Pastor, Saint Stephen Church, Port Carbon, where he served until his retirement.
During the course of his Priestly Ministry, Father McNamara served as Part Time Chaplain, Saint Charles Seminary, Overbrook; Assistant Director, Catholic
Charities Appeal; Regional Coordinator, Adult Religious Education, East Schuylkill County; Member, Diocesan Board of Education; Member, Budget Board, Nativity B.V.M. High School, Pottsville; Member, Advisory Board, Nativity B.V.M. High School, Pottsville, and Chaplain of the John F. Kennedy Division 2 of the Pottsville Ancient Order of Hibernians since 1966, and for the Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians since 1971.
Father McNamara was named Pastor Emeritus, Saint Stephen Church, Port Carbon, on 15 July 2008.
A Mass of Christian Burial for Father McNamara will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Wednesday at St. Stephen Church, 218 Valley St., Port Carbon, celebrated by His Excellency, The Most Rev. John O. Barres, D.D., Bishop of Allentown. The homilist will be the Rev. Joseph J. Kweder, Parochial Vicar, St. Thomas More Parish, Allentown. Main concelebrants will be Monsignor Gerald E. Gobitas, secretary for clergy, chancellor and rector of Holy Family Villa for Priests; the Rev. David W. Karns, pastor of St. Stephen Church, Port Carbon, the Rev. John J.L. Little, retired priest of St. Patrick Parish, Pottsville, and Father Kweder. Calling hours will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and from 9 to 11 a.m. Wednesday at St. Stephen Church. A vigil service will be held at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the church. Monsignor William F. Glosser, pastor of St. Clare of Assisi Church, Saint Clair, and dean of Schuylkill Deanery, will preside. The homilist will be Father Karns. Interment will take place in St. Denis Cemetery, Havertown. Priests from the Diocese of Allentown wishing to concelebrate, please bring your diocesan vestments, all others alb and white stole. Robert A. Evans Jr. Funeral Home, Port Carbon, 208 Pike St., is in charge of the arrangements. Please send condolences to www.robertaevansjrfh.com.