Father Abbott James Hope, 91, a priest in the Diocese of Camden for almost 60 years, died Aug. 12.
Father Hope served as pastor at Nativity, Franklinville (1966-69); St. John Bosco, Millville (1969-73); St. Maria Goretti, Runnemede (1973-78); St. Mary Magdalen, Millville (1978-89); and St. Mary, Malaga (1989-97).
As parochial vicar, he served at St. Ann, Wildwood (1954-55); St. Anthony of Padua, Camden (1955-61); St. Paul, Stone Harbor (1961); St. Michael, Gibbstown (1961-64); St. Peter, Pleasantville (1964-65); and Holy Savior, Westmont (1965-66).
He was active with the Inter-Parochial Cooperation Board, and Priests Council, and served as the Holy Name Society County Coordinator in Cumberland County.
He retired in 1997.
Born in Troy, N.Y., on Nov. 4, 1921, Father Hope studied at Christ the King Seminary in St. Bonaventure, N.Y, and was ordained on May 27, 1954.
A Mass of Christian Burial was to be celebrated on Friday morning, Aug.16, at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Camden. Interment will take place on Monday, Aug. 19, at St. Peter’s Cemetery, Troy, N.Y.