Rev. Philip DeChico
The Rev. Philip DeChico, M.Div., 57, pastor of St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church, Bonneauville, entered God's eternal care on Saturday, February 25, 2006, at the Hanover Hospital. Born August 15, 1948, in Harrisburg, he was the son of the late Philip and Ruth DeChico. Rev. DeChico attended St. Patrick Cathedral Elementary School and Bishop McDevitt High School before being appointed to St. Mark's Seminary in 1965 to finish his last year in high school. Remaining at Saint Mark's for two additional years, he attended Gannon College before being transferred to St. Mary's College, St. Mary, Ky., to complete his B.A. degree in Philosophy. Philip did his Theology studies at the Pontifical College Josephinum in Worthington, Ohio, from 1970 to 1974, earning the Master of Divinity Degree, and being ordained April 27, 1974. The last of his formal education was done at the University of Scranton in Scranton, in Secondary Education, earning certification in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in Secondary Administration and Social Studies. He attended the University of Scranton in the evenings during his assignment to Our Lady of Lourdes Regional High School in Shamokin. Other assignments in his career include: assistant pastor at St. Joseph Church, York, from 1974-1976; assistant to the principal at Our Lady of Lourdes Regional High School, Shamokin, 1976-1979; principal at Our Lady of Lourdes Regional High School, Shamokin, 1979-1986; administrator at St. John the Baptist Church, Mt. Carmel, 1979-1986; principal at Lebanon Catholic High School, 19861996; parochial vicar at St. Catherine Laboure Parish, Harrisburg, 1997-1998; and pastor at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church, (Bonneauville) Gettysburg, 1998-present; as well as Catholic Campus Minister, Gettysburg College, Gettysburg, from 1998 to the present. Philip is survived by one sister, Florence Dienno and her husband, Ernest; one niece, Linda Somers and her husband, Michael; one nephew, Eric Somers; and two great-nieces, Lynne Goldberg, her husband, David, and their children, Alyssa and Joshua, and Donna Conklin, her husband, Matthew, and their children, Timothy and Bradley. He was preceded in death by one brother, Samuel Meyers. A funeral liturgy will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 2, at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church, 10 E. Hanover St., Bonneauville, with the Rev. Joseph F. Gotwal as celebrant. A viewing will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. on Thursday at the church. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, March 3, at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church, with the Most Rev. Kevin C. Rhoades, Bishop of the Diocese of Harrisburg, as celebrant. A second viewing will also be held from 8 to 11 a.m. on Friday at the church. Burial will be at 3:30 p.m. on Friday in the Dauphin Cemetery, Dauphin. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Rev. DeChico's name may be made to St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church, 10 E. Hanover St., Gettysburg, PA 17325. The Kenworthy Funeral Home, Inc., 66 E. Hanover St., Bonneauville, is assisting the family with the funeral arrangements.
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The Josephinum community offers our sincerest condolences to the family and loved ones of an honored alumnus.
Pontifical College Josephinum
March 22, 2006
Uncle Philip was a caring and understanding man. He will be missed by his family and many friends.
Eric Somers
March 5, 2006
It was with great sadness that we read of the passing of our friend and classmate Father Philip.

We will miss him.
John and Lee and John Jr. Homisak
March 3, 2006
Thank you for everything. I owe you a great deal. I will miss you my friend.
Chris Adams
March 1, 2006
We were fortunate to meet Fr. Phil during his tenure at St. Catherine Laboure. We were blessed to call him our friend and further blessed to have him marry us in 1999.

Over the years, we've shared laughter and tears. We will miss him greatly.
Eric & Jeanne Lowing
March 1, 2006
It was a priviledge and honor to work with Fr Phil all these years
We had many laughs and serious talks about "travel adventures" I will miss my early morning trips up to Bonneauville to plan and go over the group trips
God Bless you Phil and keep you in His Arms ...
Jan Paytas, World Wide Travel , Inc. Malvern, Pa.
Jan Paytas
March 1, 2006
Father DeChico was an enthusiastic supporter of the Cursillo Movement. He made many accommodations to his parish facilities so they could be available for Cursillo 3-Day Weekends. He allowed the Spirit to flow through him as spiritual director on the weekends he worked over the past few years. We remember him fondly and missed him greatly.

Michael Ciccocioppo
Lay Director
Harrisburg Cursillo Movement
Michael Ciccocioppo
March 1, 2006
We will miss you greatly. You were a friend and an inspiration.
Robert and Susan Funari
February 28, 2006
Father Philip and I have known each other since first grade at St. Patrick Catherdal School. We made our first Communion's there and eventually attended Bishop McDevitt HS.

Philip and I stayed in touch thorughout his seminary days. My most recent chat with him was to tell him that I was retiring.

I will miss Philip but am consoled that one day we will see each other again.

Good-bye Philip and God bless.
Ilene Bennett
February 28, 2006
Father, you helped me find my way back. I will feel your absence dearly. Rest in peace.
JF
February 28, 2006
It was an honor to have Rev. DeChico as our pastor at St. Joseph The Worker Parish in Bonneauville for 8 years. He was absolutely a wonderful man and always had an open heart for all of his parishoners. He will be missed by all and remembered dearly. I will never forget all the masses he said in honor of my grandma and all the kind words he said about her and others. He was geniune man that just seemed to lift everyone's spirits. We will miss you Rev. DeChico.

Julie Hartlaub
(Parishoner at Bonneauville)
Julie Hartlaub
February 28, 2006
I was fortunate to teach at Lebanon Catholic when Father De Chico was principal. He was always so kind and supportive of what I did in the classroom and out. I will always remember this and his great sense of humor. Rest in peace, Father. Thank you so much for all you did for me and those many, many people whose lives you touched.
Christine Mosso Quintero
February 28, 2006
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