W-B Priest Remembered For Grace, Dignity

June 11, 2018

Monsignor Bernard E. Yarrish, a Catholic priest who was born and raised in Wilkes-Barre and who worked in Rome before he returned home to serve as pastor of St. Boniface Parish, is remembered as a model of grace and dignity. The Rev. Yarrish, 67, died June 6 at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center. He had been a resident of Little Flower Manor, in Wilkes-Barre. The cause of death was not disclosed, but he had faced health challenges in recent years, according to the Rev. Joseph Bambera, bishop of the Scranton Diocese. The Rev. Yarrish “was a faithful, gifted priest who served both our Diocese and the Universal Church in a variety of roles, always with great skill and zeal,” the Rev. Bambera said in a statement. “In subsequent years he was confronted with significant health issues that limited his physical abilities, but he bore these challenges with grace and dignity,” the Rev. Bambera’s statement continued. The Rev. Yarrish graduated from King’s College in 1972 and went on to study for the priesthood in Rome, Italy, where he was ordained in 1976, according to his obituary. He continued his studies in Rome, then returned home to serve as an assistant pastor at St. John’s in Wilkes-Barre, as well as Cathedral of St. Peter and Holy Family Parish, both in Scranton, according to his obituary. He later served as an adjunct lecturer in fundamental theology at the University of Scranton. The Rev. Yarrish served on the staff of the Apostolic Nunciature in Washington, D.C., and received the title of monsignor in 1990. He was appointed to the faculty of the North American College in Rome in 1991. He was named a prelate of honor in 1996 by Pope John Paul II, his obituary states. In 2000, as his health began to decline, the Rev. Yarrish again returned home, to serve St. Boniface Parish in Wilkes-Barre, according to his obituary. A Pontifical Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. today in St. Mary Maternity Church, Wilkes-Barre. Contact the writer: emark@citizensvoice.com 570-821-2117