The Rev. John J. McNamara

The Rev. John Joseph McNamara, 92, died Thursday at the Holy Family Villa for Priests, Bethlehem. Father McNamara was named Pastor Emeritus, St. Stephen Church, Port Carbon, July 15, 2008.

Born in Philadelphia, Father McNamara was a son of the late John and Margaret Kennedy McNamara. He was also 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 St. Charles Borromeo Seminary, Overbrook, where he received a bachelor's degree in philosophy.

He was ordained to the priesthood May 30, 1953, by the Most Rev. John F. O'Hara, C.S.C., Archbishop of Philadelphia, at the Cathedral Church of Ss. Peter and Paul, Philadelphia.

Father McNamara's first priestly assignment was professor of Allentown Central Catholic High School, with residence at St. Catharine of Siena Parish rectory, Allentown, followed by director of Holy Family Manor for Priests, Bethlehem, then administrator of St. Stephen Church, Port Carbon, and then, pastor of the church, where he served until his retirement.

During the course of his priestly ministry, Father McNamara served as part-time chaplain at St. Charles Seminary, Overbrook; assistant director of the Catholic Charities Appeal; regional coordinator of adult religious education in East Schuylkill County. He was a member of the Diocesan Board of Education, budget and advisory boards at Nativity BVM High School, 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.

He is survived by a sister, E. Joan Maccario, Aldan, Delaware County; cousin, Frances Borton, Michigan; nieces, Joann and Margaret Mary; nephews, John and Robert; ten grandnieces and grandnephews.

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

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Published in Republican & Herald on Apr. 16, 2016