SOMERSET, Pa. — A priest who left the Roman Catholic Church and founded a nondenominational chapel to honor the victims of hijacked United Airlines Flight 93 has died.
The Rev. Alphonse Mascherino died last Friday after a long battle with cancer.
Father Mascherino, who was 69, bought a former Lutheran church and converted it into the Flight 93 Memorial Chapel to honor 40 passengers and crew killed during the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks.
He went on to become a bishop in the North American Old Roman Catholic Church.