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St. Padre Pio Parish Mourns Father Onyutha, Killed in Car Crash

With great sadness the Diocese of Camden announces the death of Father Alfred Onyutha, a priest of the Diocese of the Nebbi in Uganda, who has served in the Diocese of Camden since 2005. Father Onyutha was most recently assigned as a parochial vicar at Saint Padre Pio Parish in Vineland.

Father Onyutha was involved in a two-car crash with another driver in Franklin Township, NJ, after 9 PM on Friday, July 16. Both drivers were killed.

On behalf of the faithful of South Jersey, Bishop Dennis J. Sullivan expresses his condolences to the family of Father Onyutha and to the family of the other driver who was killed.

Bishop Sullivan asks the faithful to join with him in prayer for the deceased and all who love them.

“This is a terrible and tragic loss for two families and for parishioners in two dioceses,” Sullivan said in a statement released by the Diocese. “We take comfort in our faith in the resurrection and ask the Lord to bestow His grace and mercy on the deceased and their loved ones.“

One of 10 children, Father Onyutha was born August 14, 1959, in Uganda. He was ordained on May 26, 1990, by Bishop Frederick Drandua in the Diocese of Nebbi, Uganda.

Father Onyutha’s assignments since ordination have included:

• In the Diocese of Nebbi, four parish assignments over 15 years.

• In the Diocese of Camden, assignments at

—Saint Joseph Parish, Somers Point;

—Infant Jesus Parish, Woodbury Heights;

—Holy Angels Parish and Underwood Memorial Hospital, Woodbury;

—Holy Family Parish, Sewell; and

—Saint Padre Pio Parish, Vineland.

The Diocese of Camden, under the leadership of Most Reverend Dennis J. Sullivan, D.D., eighth bishop of Camden, serves approximately 486,000 Catholics in 62 parishes in Atlantic, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester and Salem counties. The Diocese serves the South Jersey community through faith, education and social services.