June 29, 2018

Whelan, Reverend James J.


 1947 – 2018

Reverend James J. Whelan, Retired, died on Tuesday, June 26, 2018.

Father Whelan was born on March 15, 1947, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  He is the son of the late John M. Whelan and the late Catherine (Clarke) Whelan.  Father Whelan attended Saint Francis De Sales and Resurrection Parochial Schools, Philadelphia, and Father Judge High School, Philadelphia, before entering Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary.

Father Whelan was ordained on May 19, 1973, at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, Philadelphia, by His Eminence, John Cardinal Krol.  Father Whelan served as Parochial Vicar at Ss. Philip and James Parish, Exton; Holy Saviour Parish, Norristown; Saint Anthony of Padua Parish, Ambler; Saint Matthew Parish, Philadelphia; Sacred Heart Parish Havertown; and Ss. Peter and Paul Parish, West Chester. He also served as Parochial Administrator and Pastor, Saint Kevin Parish, Springfield.  He retired from active ministry in March 2014,

The Reception of the Body will be held at Saints Peter and Paul Church, West Chester, on Monday, July 2, 2018 at 9:00 AM., followed by a viewing.     Most Reverend Edward M. Deliman will celebrate a Funeral Mass for Father Whelan at Saints Peter and Paul Church, West Chester, on Monday, July 2, 2018 at 11:00 AM.  Among those concelebrating the Funeral Mass will be Most Reverend Ronald W. Gainer and Reverend Monsignor Daniel J. Kutys will be the homilist


Father Whelan is survived by his sister, Margaret M. Whelan and brother, John M. Whelan.  Interment will be at Resurrection Cemetery, Bensalem.