Philly native and former Diocese of Camden Bishop, Joseph A. Galante, dies at 80

David Madden
May 25, 2019 - 5:14 pm
Bishop Emeritus Joseph Anthony Galante

Courtesy of the Diocese of Camden

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CAMDEN, NJ (KYW Newsradio) — Catholics in South Jersey are mourning the passing of their former leader this Memorial Day weekend.

On Saturday, the Diocese of Camden announced that bishop emeritus, Joseph Anthony Galante, has died.

The former Camden bishop and Philadelphia native was ordained a priest in 1964.

Galente had then served in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia until 1986, when Pope John Paul II named him to be the Undersecretary of the Congregation for Religious in Rome.

In 1992, Galante would then go on to serve as a church leader in several parts of Texas, before returning to New Jersey to be the seventh Bishop of Camden in 2004.

His greatest challenge, during that time, was combating the decline in attendance at Mass. That decline would prompt the closures of churches and schools within the diocese; which covers an area from Camden County east to the shore and south to the Delaware Bay.

Officials also say funeral arrangements for the 80-year-old Galante are still pending.