Reverend Daniel J. Gallagher, 92, a former pastor of Corpus Christi Parish in Philadelphia and St. David Parish in Willow Grove, died on Saturday, May 23, 2015.
Born in Philadelphia, the son of the late Edward Benedict Gallagher and the late Anna (Boyle) Gallagher, he attended Our Mother of Sorrows School, St. Thomas More High School and the University of Pennsylvania before entering St. Charles Borromeo Seminary.
He was ordained May 19, 1951 by Bishop Hugh L. Lamb at the Cathedral of SS. Peter and Paul, with his first assignment in hospital ministry at All Saints Chapel, Philadelphia. He also served as parochial vicar at St. Francis de Sales, Philadelphia; Incarnation of Our Lord, Philadelphia; St. Laurence, Upper Darby; St. Athanasius, Philadelphia; Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Doylestown and pastor of Corpus Christi, Philadelphia. In 1979 he was appointed pastor of St. David Parish, Willow Grove. He also had secondary assignments on the archdiocesan Parish Sites and Boundaries Commission and as an auditor for the Office of the Metropolitan Tribunal.
The Reception of the Body for Father Gallagher will be held at 9 a.m. on Friday, May 29 at St. Francis Center for Rehabilitation and Health Care, Darby, followed by a viewing and 11 a.m. funeral Mass celebrated by Bishop John J. McIntyre. Concelebrants include Msgrs. Daniel Sullivan and William Dombrow, and Msgr. Richard Bolger, who will be the homilist.
Father Gallagher is survived by his sister, Mary Theresa Gallagher, his brother, William; his nieces Loretta Gallagher, Elizabeth Brehm, Suzanne McAndrews; his nephews John Gallagher and Neil Gallagher. Interment will be at Holy Cross Cemetery, Yeadon.
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