The late Bishop Joseph McFadden will be recognized posthumously with the Paul VI Award on Saturday, according to the Archdiocese of Philadelphia Office for Communications.
McFadden, who was the first president of Cardinal O’Hara High School in Springfield, was serving as 10th Bishop of Harrisburg when he died on May 2 at 66. The Philadelphia native was a graduate of St. Joseph’s University and Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary in Wynnewood.
Archbishop Charles J. Chaput will celebrate Mass during the annual Religious Education Mass and Award Ceremony at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul at 11 a.m. on Jan. 11 where McFadden will receive the Paul VI Award posthumously.
The Paul VI Award is the highest award presented by the Office for Catechetical Formation for "an outstanding leader who has made significant contributions to catechesis on an archdiocesan, national or international level," according to the Archdiocese of Philadelphia Office for Communications.
McFadden's brother and sisters will accept the award on his behalf.
In 1993, Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua named McFadden the first President of Cardinal O’Hara High School. Pope Benedict XVI appointed him 10th Bishop of the Diocese of Harrisburg in 2010.
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