Sister Helen Veronica Hamill, O.S.F., 88, died May 21 in Assisi House, Aston. She had been a professed member of the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia for 67 years.
Born Marguerite Patricia Hamill in Philadelphia, where she was a member of St. Michael Parish and a graduate of John W. Hallahan Catholic Girls’ High School, Sister Helen entered the congregation in 1946 and professed her first vows in 1949. Her sister, Sister Marguerite Joseph, also entered the congregation and is also deceased.
Shortly after she entered the congregation, Sister Helen ministered in education, teaching at St. Elizabeth School in Baltimore and Holy Angels School in Trenton, N.J.
She spent most of her 67 years in health care ministry. She studied nursing in St. Joseph Hospital School of Nursing in Baltimore and became a registered nurse in 1954. She later went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Villanova University in 1967.
Sister Helen Veronica ministered in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia for 54 years. She worked at St. Mary Hospital in Philadelphia, first as OR supervisor and later at ICU supervisor. At St. Mary Medical Center in Langhorne, she served as ER supervisor.
From 1977-1994, Sister Helen served as nurse supervisor at Assisi House, the retirement residence for the Sisters of St. Francis. She later ministered at Immaculate Mary Home in Philadelphia where she served as chaplain’s assistant. In 2009 she retired and moved to Assisi House where she served in prayer ministry.
All services will be held in Assisi House, 600 Red Hill Road in Aston, on Thursday, May 26. A Christian Wake Service will be held at 9:30 a.m. followed by viewing. The funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Burial will be in Our Lady of Angels Cemetery in Aston.
Sister Helen Veronica is survived by her nephew, nieces and cousins, and by her Franciscan 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
PREVIOUS: Former pastor, renowned for his preaching, dies at 77
NEXT: Father James Hughes, self-taught builder and parish leader, dies at 90
Share this story