Sister Cecile Marie Phelan, I.H.M., formerly Maria Patricia Phelan, died Sept. 27 in Camilla Hall, Immaculata, in the 62nd year of her religious life. She was 85 years old.
Born in West Chester, Sister Cecile Marie entered the Congregation of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in 1951 from St. Monica, Berwyn, and professed her vows in 1954.
She taught music in grade school and high school for a very short time and went to Immaculata University in 1959 and remained there in various positions in the Music Department until 2004.
During this time she received a Ph.D. in musical arts. Sister Cecile Marie then went to Camilla Hall and there, along with her Apostolate of Prayer, gave many programs and workshops to the sister patients.
The funeral Mass was celebrated at Camilla Hall Oct. 1. Father William E. Dean was the celebrant and homilist.
Sister Cecile Marie is survived by her beloved sister friends, members of her religious community and hundreds of Immaculata University alumnae who attended her funeral.
Help keep Catholic media free, support CatholicPhilly.com
You may have noticed “pay walls” greeting you when you visit the websites of newspapers and magazines, both large and small. These mechanisms allow you to read a few articles for free before you’ve got to pay an annual fee if you want to see more.
You won’t find a pay wall on CatholicPhilly.com because we’re more than a news organization. We’re informing, inspiring and forming readers in the Catholic faith every day through the news, features and commentaries that we post on this site and share across social media.
It costs money to provide high-quality coverage of the local Catholic communities we primarily serve, while also distributing national and world news of interest to Catholics, plus the orthodox teachings of the Catholic faith.
Help us in this mission by making a single gift of $40, $50, $100, or more. Your gift will strengthen the fabric of our entire Catholic community.
Make your donation by check:
222 N. 17th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Or by credit card here: