The Evening Bulletin - Philadelphia; Friday, March 2, 1979, Page 39:
March 1, REV. MSGR. ALOYSIUS F. X. FARRELL, Pastor Emeritus of St. Monica's Church, 17th and Ritner Sts. Rev. Clergy, Religious, relatives and friends are invited to funeral Mon. at St. Monica's Church. Recitation of Divine Office by Bishop Gerald P. McDevitt at 10:40 A.M. Concelebrated Pontifical Mass of Christian Burial, 11 A.M. with his Eminence John Cardinal Krol, D.D., Principal Concelebrant. Int. St. Monica's Church grounds. Transferral to Church, Sun., 4 P.M. In his memory, an offering to St. Monica's Elementary School Fund would be appreciated."
"Msgr. Farrell dies; rebuilt St. Monica's
"Death," said Msgr. Aloysius F. X. Farrell. "Every night I think of it. When you reach 77, you must face up to it. It's got to be the most important thing in my life."
The white-maned, cigar-chomping priest made that statement in May 1975 as he sat in the rectory of St. Monica's Roman Catholic Church in South Philadelphia, where he had become a beloved part of the scenery.
Msgr. Farrell died yesterday at St. Agnes Hospital. He was 80.
One of the first persons to call St. Monica's to offer condolences was Mayor Rizzo.
Msgr. Farrell was pastor emeritus at St. Monica's, retiring as active pastor in 1975 despite the protests of parishioners who worked with him to rebuild the structure at 17th and Ritner sts. after a January 1971 fire.
The tough Irish priest who won over the Italian parish during a 46-year stay, was admired for his commitment to education. He built two schools, a day-care center and a children's camp.
But it was his battle to replace the destroyed church exactly as it was, with Italian marble and plaster walls, which brought him local sympathy and some criticism from people outside the community. Some said he was building a "palace."
But the pastor insisted on a fitting memorial to God, sending the costs to $4 million as the imported marble and stained-glass windows were trucked in. And he knew John Cardinal Krol was on his side.
"I felt it was a good investment," he said.
Aloysius F. X. Farrell was born in Philadelphia and was graduated from Roman Catholic High School and St. Charles Borromeo Seminary. He was ordained in 1925 and served at SS. Simon and Jude Church in Bethlehem, Pa., and at Our Lady of the Holy Souls Church in North Philadelphia before being assigned to St. Monica's in 1932.
He came pastor in 1944 and remained active in the social and spiritual life of his parishioners.
Cardinal Krol will celebrated a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 A.M., Monday in St. Monica's Church."
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