Pastor: Father Robert Feeney
Who is our new Pastor?
Father Robert Terrence Feeney was born and raised in Nativity B.V.M. Parish in the Port Richmond Section of Philadelphia. Father Feeney is one of eight children, 6 boys, Gerard Robert, Kevin Patrick, Shawn Charles, Brian Patrick, Terrence Sean & Father Feeney, known to his siblings as Robert Terrence and 2 girls, Bridget Mary & Colleen Patricia. Father Feeney is proud to say that he has 77 first cousins and gets lost in naming the second and third cousins, many of whom he has baptized over the last 30 years. As you can tell from his siblings names, the Feeney Family is definitely an Irish Family.
Father Feeney’s Parents, Charles and Rita (Dever) Feeney and Father John Kelly’s Parents, Ed & Eileen (McKelvie) Kelly grew up and went to school together in St. Anne Parish in Port Richmond and ironically Mr. & Mrs. Kelly and Mr. & Mrs. Feeney took each of their sons to St. Charles Seminary on September 4, 1979 to begin their studies and formation for the Priesthood of Jesus Christ.
Father Feeney attended Nativity B.V.M. Grade School, where he was taught by the Sisters of St. Joseph and after graduation from Grade School attended Northeast Catholic High School for Boys in the Juniata Section of the City, where he was taught by the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales. After High School, Father Feeney took night classes at St. Joseph College and Philadelphia Community College, while working in a Law Firm and a Factory during the day, After two years working and going to night school, Father Feeney who was fighting a vocation to the priesthood entered St. Charles Seminary to begin studying for the Priesthood for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.
Father Feeney was ordained a Deacon in 1985 and a Priest on May 17, 1986 by John Cardinal Krol.
Father Feeney’s Class was the last class ordained by Cardinal Krol. Father Feeney’s First Priestly Assignment was at St. Ambrose Parish on the Roosevelt Blvd. in Olney, where he was both the Assistant Pastor at St. Ambrose Parish and the Chaplain at Mercy Vocational High School until 1990. In October of 1990, Father Feeney was transferred to St. John the Baptist Parish in Manayunk. Father Feeney was both the Parochial Vicar at St. John the Baptist Parish in Manayunk & the Chaplain at Mercy Tech until 1997 when he was transferred to Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Parish on 2nd Street in South Philadelphia to be the Parochial Vicar. It was in South Philadelphia and Our Lady of Mr. Carmel Parish that Father Feeney became the Chaplain to the Mummers from 1997 to 2002. Father Feeney loved that job and made many wonderful friends.
In 2002, after only 12 years as a priest, Cardinal Bevilacqua, named him the Pastor of St. Clement Parish in Southwest Philadelphia. After two years as Pastor, Cardinal Rigali closed St. Clement Parish and moved Father Feeney to be the Pastor of All Saints Parish in the Bridesburg Section of the City of Philadelphia. Father Feeney loved being in Bridesburg, which was ten minutes from his family home in Port Richmond but also because All Saints Parish was also a feeder school to North Catholic High School, where he became acquainted again with lots of High School Friends.
After 5 wonderful years in Bridesburg, Cardinal Rigali asked Father Feeney to be the Pastor of St. Leo Parish in Tacony, when their Pastor retired. After one year, Cardinal Rigali asked Father Feeney to move again and return to South Philadelphia as the Pastor of Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish, again on 2nd St., to take the place of a Pastor who was retiring, to be Pastor and again Chaplain to the Mummers. After only two years back in South Philadelphia, the new Archbishop of Philadelphia, Archbishop Chaput asked Fr. Feeney to move to Our Lady of Peace Parish in Milmont Park, when their pastor got sick. Father Feeney was the Pastor of Our Lady of Peace from 2012-14. In 2014, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia merged the Parish of Our Lady of Peace in Milmont Park with the Parish of Notre Dame in Swarthmore and Father Feeney was made the Pastor of the Newly Merged Parish. After two years as the Pastor of the Newly Parish of Our Lady of Peace, Father Feeney asked to be moved because running a merged parish became just too much. On May 20th of this year, Archbishop Chaput asked Father Feeney to once again move back to the City of Philadelphia and to be the Pastor of St. Bridget Parish. Father Feeney was totally shocked to find out that he was going to be the Pastor of St. Bridget Parish. The Priestly Rumor Line had him going to two other City Parishes.
The City Boy has returned to the City and is very happy to be the Pastor of St. Bridget Parish in East Falls. Father Feeney will be installed as our New Pastor on Sunday, October 2nd at the 11:00 a.m. Mass.
Reverend Stephen DeLacy
Sister Margaret Jude Sullivan, SSJ
Coordinator of Religious Education and of Parish Ministries
Sister Margaret Jude Sullivan grew up in the West Oak Lane section of Philadelphia. She was taught by the Sisters of St. Joseph in St. Athanasius Parish. After attending Cardinal Dougherty High School, she entered the Sisters of St. Joseph. Sister Margaret has a Bachelor’s degree from Chestnut Hill College and a Master’s Degree from Marywood University.
She has completed some post degree study at LaSalle University, Arcadia University, and St. Joseph’s University. Sister taught for 43 years in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and has worked in her current position here at St. Bridget since 2008. Her favorite thing to do is to teach others about our Catholic faith.
Sister Pat Egan, SSJ
Parish Visitor of the Sick
Sister Patricia Egan SSJ was born in Pottsville, Pennsylvania and moved to Elkins Park at age three. Sister was educated at Immaculate Conception School in Jenkintown, Little Flower High School and Chestnut Hill College. Sister taught first grade for thirty eight years, and she also taught Pre-K. Throughout her life, Sister counseled and gave workshops for teachers, taught English in Holmesburg Prison, gave calligraphy lessons at the Youth Study Center in Philadelphia, and taught Bible School classes for migrant workers in Gettysburg. One is her happiest memories was being the director of the C.A.R.E.S. program at St. Bridget School. Since our school has closed, Sister is visiting the homebound, the sick at Roxborough Hospital and the patients at the hospice on Henry Avenue. Sister Pat says, “Visiting the sick is a wonderful gift. Missing the young ones, but a joy to be doing God’s work.”
Sister Dorothy Crawley, SSJ
Parish Visitor of the Sick
Sister Dorothy Crowley was born and raised in the East Falls section of Philadelphia. She was taught by the Sisters of St. Joseph at St. Bridget School. She attended Little Flower High School and in her senior year, she got her vocation to be a Sister of St. Joseph. She has been happily serving God for 56 years.
Sister Dorothy has a Bachelor degree from Chestnut Hill College and received her permanent certification from Millersville University. She taught every grade for 1st to 8th and was a principal. She published activity books for the primary grades, was a member of the Philadelphia Language Arts committee, and was a guest speaker at the Philadelphia Teacher’s Convention on creative activities.
Sister Dorothy now is working with the homebound members of St. Bridget Parish. She also visits the sick in hospitals and nursing homes. She feels honored to be sharing God with such lovely people.