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Father Gerald Niklas, retired chaplain, dead at 81
Father Gerald R. Niklas. (Photo courtesy of Archdiocese of Cincinnati)

Father Gerald R. Niklas. (Photo courtesy of Archdiocese of Cincinnati)

Press Release
Archdiocese of Cincinnati

Father Gerald “Jerry” R. Niklas died Saturday, August 15. He was 81.

Father Niklas was born on October 17, 1933 in Cincinnati. He did his preparatory studies at St. Gregory Seminary and studied theology at Mount St. Mary’s Seminary of the West in Norwood. He was ordained on May 30, 1959 at the Cathedral of St. Peter in Chains in Cincinnati by Archbishop Karl J. Alter. Continue reading

 
Carla J. Conlon, mother of Bishop Conlon, dies at 85
Bishop R. Daniel Conlon of Joliet, Ill. Bishop Conlon is a native of Cincinnati, Ohio. (CNS photo/Carol Glatz)

Bishop R. Daniel Conlon of Joliet, Ill. Bishop Conlon is a native of Cincinnati, Ohio. (CNS photo/Carol Glatz)

Staff Report

Carla J. (Holzman) Conlon, mother of the Most Reverend R. Daniel Conlon, Bishop of Joliet, Illinois, died Monday. She was 85.

Carla Conlon leaves behind her husband of 67 years Robert J. Conlon and six children. Continue reading

 
Cardinal Baum, longest serving U.S. cardinal, witnessed and made history
U.S. Cardinal William W. Baum, who died July 23 at age 88 after a long illness, is pictured in a 2008. He was archbishop of Washington from 1973 to 1980 and a cardinal for 39 years, the longest such tenure in U.S. church history. (CNS photo/Paul Fetters, courtesy Archdiocese of Washington)

U.S. Cardinal William W. Baum, who died July 23 at age 88 after a long illness, is pictured in a 2008. He was archbishop of Washington from 1973 to 1980 and a cardinal for 39 years, the longest such tenure in U.S. church history. (CNS photo/Paul Fetters, courtesy Archdiocese of Washington)

By Mark Zimmermann
Catholic News Service

WASHINGTON — Cardinal William W. Baum, the archbishop of Washington from 1973 to 1980, died July 23 at the age of 88 after a long illness. He was a cardinal for 39 years — the longest such tenure in U.S. church history.

Cardinal Baum witnessed history from the Second Vatican Council through the election of the first Latin American pope, and he made history himself.

By the spring of 2011, he had worn the red cardinal’s hat for nearly 35 years and surpassed the record of Baltimore Cardinal James Gibbons, who had been a cardinal from 1886 until his death in 1921. The soft-spoken Cardinal Baum, whom some of the Vatican’s Swiss Guards called “the gentle cardinal,” found no merit in his longevity. “It’s a gift from God,” he said.  Continue reading

 
Writer, sister, friend – Sr. Mary Ann Walsh remembered for ‘dedication to the truth’

Mercy Sister Mary Ann Walsh, 68, a writer in the Catholic press and longtime spokeswoman for the U.S. bishops, died April 28 in Albany, N.Y. She is pictured in a 2012 photo. (CNS photo/Bob Roller)

By Mary Rezac & Michelle Bauman
Catholic News Agency 

Many journalists would say they have a passion for truth, but for Sr. Mary Ann Walsh, that took on added significance as she worked for the Church she loved.

Ubiquitous in the world of U.S. Catholic media, Sr. Walsh was well-known among Catholic news publications across the country and beyond.

The 68-year old Catholic sister and former director of media relations for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) passed away on April 28 after multiple battles with cancer. Continue reading

 
Sister Ruth Ann Bange

A Mass of Christian Burial for Sister of Notre Dame de Namur Ruth Ann Bange was celebrated Feb. 12 in the St. Julie Chapel at Mount Notre Dame Convent in Reading. Continue reading

 
Sister Joan Pfeiffer

A Mass of Christian Burial for Sister of Notre Dame de Namur Joan Pfeiffer was celebrated Feb. 24 in St. Julie Chapel at Mount Notre Dame Convent in Reading. Continue reading

 
Sister Maria Klosterman

A Mass of Christian Burial for Franciscan Sister of the Poor Maria Klosterman was celebrated on March 14 in St. Clare Convent Chapel in Cincinnati. Continue reading

 
Sister Ruth Nastold

A Mass of Christian Burial for Sister of Mercy Ruth Nastold was celebrated Feb. 23 at St. Francis Xavier Church in Cincinnati. Continue reading

 
Sister Margaret Mary Rigdon

A Mass of Christian Burial for Precious Blood Sister Margaret Mary Rigdon was held at the Salem Heights Chapel in Dayton March 18. Continue reading

 
Father Harry Gerdes

A Mass of Christian Burial for Father Harry Gerdes will be celebrated March 4 at St. Joseph Church, North Bend, with Archbishop Dennis M. Schnurr presiding. Continue reading