Sister Rosemary McGowan, 85, of the Bernardine Franciscan Sisters Third Order Regular of St. Francis, died May 10 at St. Joseph Villa, Reading, where she had resided since 2016.
Born in Philadelphia, she was a daughter of the late Vincent and Stella (Nestor) McGowan.
Sister Rosemary entered the Bernardine Order on Aug. 11, 1956 and was in her 62nd year of religious life. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in education from Villanova University and a Master of Arts in religious education from St. Charles Borromeo Seminary.
She served her ministry in Maryland, Michigan and Pennsylvania as an elementary and secondary teacher, business office staff, principal, superior, administrative assistant, office assistant, receptionist, congregational offices volunteer and local minister.
There are no surviving immediate family members.
The funeral Mass was celebrated May 14 at Sacred Heart Convent Chapel, Mt. Alvernia, Reading. Burial followed in the Bernardine Franciscan Sisters’ cemetery, Mt. Alvernia.
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: