Highlights 1990-2004

1990 Msgr. Lynaugh, who resides at Villa St. Joseph in Darby has his 80th birthday celebration party at Lynaugh Hall. Annie Campbell resides at St. Joseph’s Manor in Meadowbrook.

1991 Father Cribben has been elevated to Monsignor. Rev. John Maloney is the new assistant pastor. Rev. William Lynn the new resident priest.

1992 Father Cribben appointed to the Arch Diocesan office of Education.

1992 Msgr. Hilferty is appointed as new pastor.

1993 Parish Pastoral Council established.

1994 Fortieth anniversary of the parish. We adopted a sister parish in the Philadelphia Logan section with a monthly food drive. Their Gospel Choir came and sang at the 5 o’clock Mass followed by a reception.

1995 Long time crossing guard Theresa Connaghan retires. She had endeared herself to the children and their parents.

1996 Miss Annie Campbell peacefully dies sitting by the window at the Manor. She had arranged her own funeral and her favorite hymns.

1996 On September 8, the area was hit with a tremendous thunder and rain storm, causing Sandy Run Creek to overflow rapidly Two parishioners Frank and Marie Deal lost their lives.

1997 Two teachers at Q. of P. school, Grace Bastian and Paula Murphy celebrate 25 years of service. Sister Nancy Kravel becomes new principal of our school. 1998 Msgr. Hilferty announces his retirement as pastor and moves on to be senior priest at St. Agnes in West Chester. Fr. Matteo returns and is appointed as our pastor. Newly ordained Rev. Michael Spitzer becomes our associate pastor.

1998 The sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth announce a merger of their Order with St. Mary’s Villa in Ambler and take up residence there. The sisters still active at Q. of Peace school will stay active in that capacity for the time being.

1999 Several sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary take up residence in our empty convent and help principal Nancy Kravel at the school, CCD Program and visit the sick and shut-ins.

2000 Jubilee Year ushered in at the Cathedral of St. Peter and Paul, celebrating 2000 years of the Faith.

2000 The Queen of Peace Home & School Association replaces the Mothers Club. A Mass was celebrated and a reception held honoring all the past presidents of the club.

2000 Deacon Pat Walsh ordained a priest. Msgr. Lynaugh celebrates his 90th.birthday at the Villa, still saying Mass and enjoying his pipe. The church interior gets a new coat of paint, the tabernacle and gold trim of the altar a new finish with funds donated in the name of the late Annie Campbell.

2001 The World Trade Center attack on 9/11. People flock to their churches. Msgr. Lynn celebrates his Silver Jubilee. Parishioner Andrew Brownholtz is ordained. Msgr. Lynaugh dies after uttering “I am going Home. ” Sister Jean Marie, director of Religious Education for 5 years, retires.

2002 The sisters of the Holy Family with the pricipal Nancy Kravel leave the parish after forty seven years of service. A farewell Mass and reception bring back many sisters, who served through the years, for the ceremony. In June Msgr. Hilferty celebrates his golden anniversary as priest.

2002 The school year opens with the first lay principal, Mrs Joanne Selmer as a new librarian Beth Chilman takes up her position. Meanwhile the Immaculate Heart sisters are also still with us and very active in the school and parish.

2002 The world observes the first anniversary of the World Trade Center attack. Our parish holds a memorial service for the victims and their families, especially parishioner Bob McIlvaine who was killed in the attack.

2002 An a donation, given in the name of the late Annie Campbell, provides the funds for new church bells, silent for a few years, announcing once again our presence in the community.

2003 Our pastor Father Matteo is elevated to Monsignor by Pope Paul II and installed by Cardinal Anthony Bevilaqua in the Cathedral.

2004 Our golden anniversary year. Mass of thanksgiving on actual founding date January 4, 1954. Msgr. Cribben in his homily refers to the founder Joseph M. Lynaugh and calls our church “the house that Joe built.” A dinner dance at Williamson’s banquet hall, enjoyed by many parishioners and guests in our usual festive style.

2004 The parish looks back with pride on the past and forward with hope and confidence to the future for the church that grew out of a yellow cornfield.