Msgr. Joseph C. Eckert, 63, a retired pastor of St. Camillus Church in Silver Spring, died Wednesday at Providence Hospital in Washington. He had Alzheimer's disease, a neurological disorder.
Msgr. Eckert was born in Washington and spent his entire career in the priesthood in the Washington area. He graduated from Gonzaga High School and then attended Catholic University for two years. He entered St. Mary's Seminary in Baltimore and was ordained a priest in 1941.
From 1948 to 1952, he was assistant pastor at Holy Comforter Church, where he had been baptized. He was at St. Ann's Church from 1952 to 1956. He was administrator and then pastor at Holy Comforter from 1956 until he was appointed pastor at St. Camillus in 1962. He was named a monsignor by Pope paul VI in 1971 and remained at st. Camillus until his retirement in 1974.
From 1948 to 1958, Msgr. Eckert served on the Archdiocesan tribunal, or marriage court, of the Washington Archdiocese. For many years he also was assistant secretary and treasurer of the board of trustees and moderator of the Ladies Auxiliary of the old St. Joseph's Home and School. St. Joseph's, which was supported by the archdiocese, was founded in 1855 to care for boys who were orphans or who came from broken homes. It was closed in the 1960s.
Msgr. Eckert's survivors include a brother, Robert Eckert, of Chevy Chase