Father Michael Hegarty dies


Father Michael Hegarty, 69, who was a Christian brother for 30 years before becoming a priest of the Diocese of Camden, died May 22.
Born June 27, 1943, in Philadelphia, Father Hegarty entered the de La Salle Christian Brothers in 1961 and earned a bachelor’s degree in 1966. He received a master’s in counseling at Villanova University in 1969, and a master’s in social work at Temple University in 1988.
After studying at Blessed John XXIII National Seminary in Weston, Mass., he was ordained a priest of the Diocese of Camden on May 20, 1995, at St. Peter, Merchantville by Bishop James T. McHugh.
He served as parochial vicar at St. John, Collingswood (1995-97); Our Lady of Grace, Somerdale (1997-2000); St. Rose of Lima, Haddon Heights (2000-05); and St. Raymond, Villas (2005-06).
From 2006-08, he was administrator at St. Ann Parish in Elmer, and from 2008 until his retirement in 2010, was senior priest at Holy Maternity in Audubon.
Deacon George Liss, who served alongside Father Hegarty at Holy Maternity Parish, remembered a “charismatic, people-oriented” administrator who “loved mentoring mentoring youth.”
“People liked (Father Hegarty), and appreciated him,” he added.
Father Hegarty also served on the diocesan RCIA committee, and worked with the Office of the Tribunal.
The funeral Mass was May 31 at St. Vincent Pallotti Church, St. Joseph the Worker Parish, on May 31. Burial was in SS. Peter & Paul Cemetery in Springfield, Pennsylvania.