Pope Benedict XVI has conferred papal honors on 18 local priests, Cardinal Justin Rigali announced yesterday.

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia priests will receive the title of "monsignor," which has three ranks: prelate of honor, chaplain of his holiness and chaplain of his holiness named prelate of honor. The priests received the honor in recognition of their contribution to their churches.

The Archdiocese's oldest priest, Rev. Monsignor Daniel J. Kehoe, 97, who was ordained in 1939, is among the honorees.

Prelates of honor

The Rev. Monsignor Daniel J. Kehoe, pastor emeritus at Holy Spirit Parish, Sharon Hill

The Rev. Monsignor Donald E. Leighton, pastor at St. John Baptist Vianney Parish, Gladwyne

The Rev. Monsignor Michael C. Picard, pastor at St. Andrew Parish, Newtown.

Chaplains of his holiness

The Rev. Monsignor Ralph J. Chieffo, pastor at St. Mary Magdalene, Media.

The Rev. Monsignor Anthony J. D'Angelico, pastor at Our Lady of Good Counsel, Southampton.

The Rev. Monsignor David E. Diamond, vice rector at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary, Wynnewood.

The Rev. Monsignor Paul A. DiGirolamo, assistant judicial vicar, Metropolitan Tribunal of the Archdiocese/pastor at Old St. Mary's Parish, Philadelphia.

The Rev. Monsignor Joseph P. Gentili, pastor at Our Lady of Guadalupe, Buckingham Township.

The Rev. Monsignor Charles H. Hagan, pastor at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish, Doyles-town.

The Rev. Monsignor Kevin C. Lawrence, regional vicar for Philadelphia-South/pastor at St. Malachy Parish, Philadelphia.

The Rev. Monsignor Joseph L. Logrip, regional vicar for Philadelphia-North/pastor at Mother of Divine Grace Parish, Philadelphia.

The Rev. Monsignor George A. Majoros, regional vicar for Delaware County/pastor at Our Lady of Fatima, Glenolden.

The Rev. Monsignor Michael P. McCormac, pastor at St. Francis Cabrini Parish, Fairless Hills.

The Rev. Monsignor Joseph C. McLoone, pastor at St. Katharine Drexel Parish, Chester.

The Rev. Monsignor Gerard C. Mesure, chancellor of the Archdiocese/pastor at St. Gertrude and St. Mary, Conshohocken.

The Rev. Monsignor Joseph J. Nicolo, pastor at St. Helena, Blue Bell.

The Rev. Monsignor Patrick E. Sweeney, pastor at St. Eleanor Parish, Collegeville.

Chaplain of his holiness named prelate of honor

The Rev. Monsignor Nelson J. Perez, pastor at St. Agnes, West Chester.