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This memorial website was created in the memory of our loved one, Arthur Taraborelli who was born in Pennsylvania on November 12, 1935 and passed away on September 28, 2006 at the age of 70. We will remember him forever. There is no words to describe how Father's love and humor became a part of all he knew.  Father had a caring spirit and a loving heart.

Father Tab and his twin brother Armand were born on Carlisle Street in south Philadelphia, the youngest of the 6 children of Frank and Helen Taraborelli(nee Calabrese).   He grew up on Tasker Street in the family home still occupied by his sister Rita.  He was baptized at St. Thomas Aquinas Church, where he completed grade school before attending Southeast Philadelphia High School.

In the fall of 1954 Father Tab entered St. Charles Borromeo Seminary.  On May 16, 1964, he was ordained.  The next day, he said his first mass at St. Thomas Aquinas.  For the next 24 years, he served in the following parishes:
             St. Gabriel's in Stowe, PA
             Mother Cabrini in Fairless Hills, PA
             Holy Trinity in Morrisville, PA
             Visitation BVM in Trooper, PA
             Our Lady of Loreto in Philadelphia, PA
             St. Callistus in Philadelphia, PA and
             Holy Spirit in Philadelphia, PA

In January, 1988, Father Taraborelli returned to his home parish of St. Thomas Aquinas, where he served as its pastor until his death on September 28, 2006.  Along with his priestly duties, he supported his sister in caring for their elderly father.  Devoted to his family, he was the principal celebrant at the sacraments of many family members.

A lifelong learner, Father Tab earned master's degrees in divinity and in religious studies.  He continually sought to educate himself by attending seminars and trainings.  He was a voracious reader and history buff.  He had planned to travel to Rome next year to learn more about art.

Father Taraborelli was always willing to take a stand for what he believed in and to challenge the status quo on behalf of those in need.  His solid spiritual life was expressed through his deeds.
Tributes and Condolences
MR AND MRS GEORGE LEMERISE   / JANE AND GEORGE LEMERISE (COUSINS)
Father Arthur and I grew up together   Our mothers were sisters and I have many happy childhood memories of visiting my Aunt Helen (Father Arthur's mother)  Father Arthur and his brother Armand loved to play 'PRIEST' so off we would go...  Continue >>
A GREAT PASTOR   / KIM VERDELL (USE TO WORK FOR HIM )
OUR HEARTS WAS BROKEN WHEN YOU WAS CALLED HOME. ST. THOMAS WAS JUST NOT THE SAME. NOT SEEING YOUR JOLLY FACE. OUR HEARTS WAS BROKEN WHEN YOU WAS CALLED TO GO HOME. 
Rest in Peace Father Tab   / Lea Zarro (Pastor, employer and friend )
I remember the first time 17 years ago this month when Father and Armand interviewed me for a job at St. Thomas. I am STILL there They hired me on the spot! I'm sure it was because we could relate to one another. We opened the day care years lat...  Continue >>
Father Tab smacked me in the face, and I deserved it.....   / Jim (Altar Boy )
Thirty two years ago Father Tab slapped me in the face, and I deserved it.  He was new to Our Lady of Loreto, and he was addressing all of the altar boys for the first time.  In fact, true to Father Tab form, he was making some ch...  Continue >>
Tribute  / Ornella Pace Vega (Former Parishoner )
I have nothing but fond memories and the utmost respect for Father Arthur Tab.  I think that the time he was with us at Our Lady of Loreto were the best years!  He was so giving and approachable.  Also, he was there for me an...  Continue >>
TRULY, Arthur Taraborelli and his twin have hearts of GOLD  / Elaine Steinbacher (Collaborating Partner )    Read >>
Tribute / Frank Diodato (Classmate)    Read >>
Tribute / Deborah Bachor (Colleague)    Read >>
Tirbute / Erlinda Clapano (Friend)    Read >>
Tribute / Yvonne Matherson (Teacher)    Read >>
Tribute / Peter Sonski (Friend)    Read >>
Tribute / John And Ardene (Friend)    Read >>
Condolence / Al And Mildred Trezza (Friend)    Read >>
Tribute / Anna Christina Dugdale -. Garcia (Friend)    Read >>
Condolence / Jack Irwin (Friend)    Read >>
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His legacy
Father Tab's Work at St. Thomas Aquinas  

Father Taraborelli's priesthood was guided by a vision of inclusion and embracing of all people.  Always the good shepherd for his flock, he saw upon his return to St. Thomas Aquinas a neighborhood in great transition.  He immediately began his work to ensure that St. Thomas's was a place for all people.  He took many steps himself to move this vision forward, but his hand was also felt indirectly as he empowered many others to find their own voices and make their own places in the church and school community.  As a result, St. Thomas Aquinas today is a vibrant, rich community of diverse worshippers and learners.

Among the many changes at St. Thomas Aquinas over the past two decades are the following:  Weekly mass in Indonesian, Vietnamese, and Spanish, as well as English; Rituals and visual symbols reflecting all races and ethnicities of the community; creation of an Adoration Chapel so that people could have a private place to worship; refurbishment of the church to create a lasting physical structure of which parishioners could be proud; scholarships and free or reduced cost hot breakfast and lunch for needy students; day car, including a before-school program with breakfast and a subsidized after-school program for school children; establishment of the Asian Social Center; English as a Second Language classes; health screenings for the entire community; formation of Concerned Black Catholics; work with the Philadelphia Police to increase community safety; partnerships with many diverse civic groups to enchance community life.

 
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