October 26, 2018

Melle, Reverend James J.


 1944 – 2018

Reverend James J. Melle, Retired, died on Wednesday, October 24, 2018.

Father Melle was born on July 21, 1944, in Norristown, Pennsylvania.  He is the son of the late Peter Melle and the late Carmella (Carfagno) Melle. Father Melle attended Holy Saviour Parochial School, Norristown, and Bishop Kenrick High School, Norristown, before entering Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary.  He also attended Villanova University, Villanova

Father Melle was ordained on May 20, 1972, at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, Philadelphia, by His Eminence, John Cardinal Krol.  Father Melle served as Parochial Vicar at Saint James Parish, Elkins Park; Our Lady Help of Christians Parish, Abington; Annunciation B.V.M. Parish, Philadelphia; Saint Madeline Parish, Ridley Park; Assumption B.V.M. Parish, West Grove; Saint Mary Magdalen Parish, Media; and Saint Agnes Parish, West Chester. He also served on the faculty of Archbishop Wood Boys High School, Warminster; Bishop McDevitt High School, Wyncote, Archbishop Pendergast High School, Drexel Hill and Bishop Shanahan High School, Downingtown.  He retired from active ministry in June, 2011

The Reception of the Body will be held at Saint Helena Church, Blue Bell, on Wednesday, October 31, 2018 at 9:30 AM., followed by a viewing.  Most Reverend Edward M. Deliman will celebrate a Funeral Mass for Father Melle at Saint Helena Church, Blue Bell, on Wednesday, October 31, 2018 at 11:00 AM.  Among those concelebrating the Funeral Mass will be Reverend Monsignor Patrick E. Sweeney, Reverend Charles J. Noone, Reverend Joseph Brandt, Reverend Monsignor Aloysius R. Callaghan, St. Paul, MN, and Most Reverend Herbert A. Bevard, St. Thomas Virgin Islands, will be the homilist

Father Melle is survived by his brothers:  Anthony Melle, and Charles Melle, and many nieces and nephews.