Charles J.A. McFadden, O.S.A.

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1863 – 1914 (June 22)

Charles Joseph Aloysius McFadden was born in Germantown, Pennsylvania, the son of John McFadden and Margaret Mullin, on January 3, 1863. He was baptized the following day in Saint Vincent Church in that city. He entered the novitiate at Villanova on February 2, 1881, and made his profession of simple vows on February 2, 1882, and his solemn profession on February 3, 1885. Charles was ordained to the priesthood by Archbishop Patrick Ryan in the Philadelphia Cathedral on March 20, 1886.

After ordination, Father McFadden taught at Villanova College until July, 1896, when he was assigned to Saint Denis Parish, Havertown. In December, 1898, he returned to Villanova and then, in September, 1899, was transferred to Augustinian Academy on Staten Island, New York. He was again stationed at Villanova from 1902 until 1906, when he was assigned as pastor to Saint Nicholas of Tolentine Parish in Atlantic City, New Jersey. During the years 1899 until 1910, he served as a member of Villanova College’s Board of Trustees.

Father McFadden was 51 when he died on June 22, 1914 at his mother’s home in Chestnut Hill, Pennsylvania. He is buried in the Community Cemetery at Villanova.