Father Abel was ordained a priest of the Archdiocese of Louisville on May 26, 1973. He served as pastor of St. Mary Church in Louisville, St. Mary Magdalen of Pazzi Church in Payneville, Ky., and at St. Theresa Church in Rhodelia, Ky.
He is survived by his two sisters, Mary Lou and Carol, and several nieces and nephews.
Public visitation is July 26 from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. at St. Theresa Church, 9245 Rhodelia Road, Payneville, with a prayer service at 7 p.m. led by Deacon Greg Beavin, and 9 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. July 27 at St. Mary Magdalen of Pazzi.
The Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. July 27 at St. Mary Magdalen of Pazzi Church in Payneville. Archbishop Kurtz will preside. He will be buried in the priests’ section at Calvary Cemetery following Mass.