August 3, 2018

Breen, Reverend Robert H.


 1927 – 2018

Reverend Robert H. Breen, Pastor Emeritus, Saint Lawrence Parish, Riegelsville, died on Thursday, August 2, 2018.

Father Breen was born on February 21, 1927, in Atlantic City, New Jersey. He is the son of the late Owen James Breen, Sr. and the late Catharine (Smith) Breen.  Father Breen attended Holy Child Parochial School, Philadelphia and La Salle College High School, Philadelphia, before entering Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary.

Father Breen was ordained on May 11, 1957, at the Church of the Immaculate Conception, Philadelphia, by Most Reverend John O’Hara, C.S.C.  Father Breen served as Parochial Vicar, Saint Joseph Parish, Frackville.  He also served on the Faculty, Cardinal Dougherty High School, Philadelphia, for 35 years.  In 1992, he was appointed Pastor, Saint Lawrence Parish, Riegelsville, and named Pastor Emeritus there in 2002.

A viewing will be held at Givnish Funeral Home, 10925 Academy Road, Philadelphia, Wednesday, August 9, 2018 from 6:00-8:00 PM.  Reception of the Body will be held at Saint Andrew Church, Drexel Hill on Thursday, August 9, 2018 at 9:00 AM, followed by a viewing.

Most Reverend Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap. will celebrate a Funeral Mass for Father Breen at Saint Andrew Church, Drexel Hill, on Thursday, August 2, 2018 at 11:00 AM.  Among those concelebrating the Funeral Mass will be Reverend Joseph Howarth, Reverend Christopher Rogers, and Reverend James Sullivan will be the homilist.

Father Breen is survived by his sister-in-law, Juliet Krag Breen; niece: Catharine Breen; nephews: Michael Breen, Christopher Breen and Owen Breen.  Interment will be at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Philadelphia.