Sister Alice Ignatia Ackerman, O.S.F.
Sister Alice Ignatia Ackerman, O.S.F., died on Dec. 4, 2008. She was 88. She was born in Wilmington, Del., and later became a professed member of the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia for 65 years. Prior to her entrance into the congregation, she graduated from P.S. DuPont High School and later earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from the Catholic University of America and a master’s degree in biology from Villanova University. She ministered in education on the elementary, secondary and collegiate levels and was listed in “Who’s Who Among College Teachers.” She also served in congregational ministry. In her leisure time, she enjoyed reading books on Franciscan spirituality as well as historical novels and various periodicals. From 1973 to 1981 she served as provincial of the former Immaculate Conception Province for the Sisters of St. Francis. In 2004, she moved to the Assisi House in Aston where she served in prayer ministry until her death. A funeral Mass was celebrated Dec. 11 at the Assisi House. Interment followed at Our Lady of Angels Cemetery in Aston.She is survived by numerous nieces and nephews and by her Franciscan family.
Sister Mary Claire Walsh, C.S.S.F.
Felician Sister Mary Claire Walsh, formerly Rita Ann Walsh, died Sept. 4, 2008, in Old Bridge, N.J. She was 71. She earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Seton Hall University and went on to teach in the Archdioceses of Baltimore and Newark and in the Dioceses of Trenton, Paterson and Metuchen, N.J. A funeral Mass was celebrated Sept. 9 at the Felician Sisters Infirmary Chapel, Our Lady of Lourdes Hall. Interment followed in the Felician Sisters Cemetery in Lodi, N.J. She is survived by members of her extended family.
Join the CatholicPhilly.com family
CatholicPhilly.com works to strengthen the connections between people, families and communities every day by delivering the news people need to know about the Catholic Church, especially in the Philadelphia region, and the world in which we live.
By your donation in any amount, you and hundreds of other people become part of our mission to inform, form in the Catholic faith and inspire the thousands of readers who visit every month.
Here is how you can help:
- A $100 gift allows us to present award-winning photos of Catholic life in our neighborhoods.
- A $50 gift enables us to cover a news event in a local parish, school or Catholic institution.
- A $20 gift lets us obtain solid faith formation resources that can deepen your spirituality and knowledge of the faith.
- A small, automated monthly donation means you can support us continually and easily.
Won't you consider making a gift today?
Please join in the church's vital mission of communications by offering a gift in whatever amount that you can ― a single gift of $40, $50, $100, or more, or a monthly donation. Your gift will strengthen the fabric of our entire Catholic community and sustain CatholicPhilly.com as your trusted news source. Thank you in advance!
Make your donation by credit card here:
Or make your donation by check:
222 N. 17th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103