Harrisburg Bishop Joseph McFadden hailed as tireless church leader

He 'played to win,' says Allentown Diocese Bishop John Barres

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Published: May 08 2013 02:20:58 PM EDT   Updated On: May 08 2013 06:16:52 PM EDT
Bishop McFadden funeral

Roman Catholic Bishop Joseph McFadden, spiritual adviser to 250,000 central Pennsylvanians, was hailed as a tireless advocate for his church at a funeral service in Harrisburg.

About 1,700 mourners packed Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church, where Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput presided over Wednesday's more than two-hour service. Gov. Tom Corbett was in attendance.

Allentown Bishop John Barres recalled McFadden's lifelong love of basketball and said he "played to win" whether it was his work for Catholicism or participation in a ball game.

McFadden, 65, died of a heart attack Thursday after feeling ill while attending a meeting of the Catholic Bishops of Pennsylvania in his native Philadelphia.

McFadden was Harrisburg's bishop for nearly three years. He's being buried at Holy Cross Cemetery in Harrisburg.