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Franciscan sister dies at 96, was teacher for 72 years

Posted on April 16th, 2014

Sister John Catherine Rohe was one of seven sisters from Baltimore, three of whom became Sisters of St. Francis, along with three of her cousins.


Franciscan priest from Havertown dies in Florida at 64

Posted on April 16th, 2014

Father Art Johnson, a Franciscan Friar of the Atonement, died March 26. Ordained in 1977, he served on the Governor’s Advisory Council on Alcoholism and Substance Abuse in New York State and worked in ecumenism for the Los Angeles Archdiocese, among other assignments.


Franciscan Sister Kathleen McDonagh, native of Ireland, dies at 79

Posted on April 7th, 2014

Sister Kathleen Patricia McDonagh, O.S.F., formerly Sister Etheldreda, died April 3 at age 79. She ministered in domestic work, child care, elder care and parish ministry during her 60 years as a professed member of the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia.


Sister Michel Graham dies after long ministry in Catholic high schools

Posted on April 7th, 2014

Sister Michel Marie Graham, I.H.M., died March 29 in Camilla Hall, Immaculata, at age 87. She spent most of her 65 years of her religious life teaching in high schools, including in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.


Msgr. Tomichek, priest with devotion to St. John Neumann, dies

Posted on April 3rd, 2014

Msgr. George Tomichek, a priest of the Diocese of Calbayog in the Philippine Islands but stationed in Philadelphia where he ministered to the Filipino, Spanish and Mexican communities, died March 26.


Sister Margaret Mary Kreider, I.H.M., dies at 88

Posted on April 1st, 2014

The native of Most Blessed Sacrament Parish in West Philadelphia taught in grade schools for more than half a century after entering the Immaculate Heart sisters in 1948.


Sister Barbara Anne Brady dies; taught for 47 years in grade schools

Posted on March 26th, 2014

The Stone Harbor, N.J. native taught in seven dioceses in the United States, including the Philadelphia Archdiocese.


Holy Child Sister Margaret Farrell dies at 84, was longtime educator

Posted on March 26th, 2014

Sister Peggy’s teaching ministry spanned 40 years on the east and west coasts of the United States. In 1994 she led a program in which senior citizens read to children waiting for treatment in the Westchester (N.Y.) County Medical Clinic.


Catholic college remembers legacy of long-serving religious sister

Posted on March 24th, 2014

WASHINGTON (CNS) — Sister Mary George O’Reilly, alumna and former president of Rosemont College in Pennsylvania, always wanted to help her school, even in hospice.


Sister Barbara Ann Tickner dies, served 19 years in Chester

Posted on March 18th, 2014

The I.H.M. sister taught for seven years at Blessed Katharine Drexel School and served 12 years at St. Katherine Drexel Parish in Chester. She served the African-American community for many years.


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