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Parishes plan to honor Bishop McFadden

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) -

Several midstate parishes and Catholic schools have plans to honor Harrisburg Bishop Joseph P. McFadden following his sudden death on Thursday. 

McFadden, 65, was staying at a rectory in Philadelphia and awoke feeling ill this morning. He was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead at approximately 7:40 a.m., according to the Roman Catholic Diocese of Harrisburg.

The following schools parishes have informed the diocese of their plans. However, the dioceses recommended calling individual parishes or schools to find out their plans.

- St. Francis Xavier School in Gettysburg, will dedicate the 1st Friday Mass to Bishop McFadden on May 3rd at 9:15 a.m.

Children will be bring up flowers and placing them before the altar where his picture will be.

- At Sacred Heart Parish in Spring Grove, a shrine has been set up with McFadden's portrait, flowers & candle. The church will be open around the clock for people to come and pray for him.

- Queen of the Most Holy Rosary Church (Northumberland Deanery) at 599 West Center Street in Elysburg, will hold a Holy Hour with evening prayer and a benediction for McFadden on Sunday, May 5, 2013 at 5:00 p.m. in the Chapel.

- St. Joseph parish in Hanover, Sacred Heart Basilica in Conewago and St. Joseph parish in York have placed the bishop's picture, draped in black, in the sanctuary

Bishop McFadden was the tenth Bishop of Harrisburg. He was appointed June 22, 2010 by then Pope Benedict XVI. He was installed as Bishop of Harrisburg on August 18, 2010 in St. Patrick Cathedral, Harrisburg. 

The Harrisburg Diocese contains 7,660 square miles and 15 counties, including Adams, Columbia, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Juniata, Lancaster, Lebanon, Mifflin, Montour, Northumberland, Perry, Snyder, Union and York.

Leadership of the diocese has passed to the College of Consultors, which will have eight days to elect an administrator to be in charge of day-to-day operations until a new bishop is appointed by Pope Francis.

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