Sister of St. Francis of Philadelphia Ann Rosaire Bradley, 92, died May 28 at Assisi House in Aston. She had been a professed member of the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia for 71 years.
Sister Ann Rosaire (Catherine Ann Bradley) was born in Philadelphia where she was a member of Transfiguration of Our Lord Parish and a graduate of West Catholic High School. She entered the congregation in 1942. She earned a bachelor of science degree in education from Mount St. Mary University in Emmitsburg, Md., and a master of arts degree in education from The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. She ministered primarily in education and, in later years, in parish ministry.
Sister Ann Rosaire taught for 13 years at St. Anthony School and Shrine of the Little Flower School in the Archdiocese of Baltimore. She also taught at St. John the Beloved School in Wilmington, Del.; St. Thomas More School in Pensacola, Fla.; and St. John Vianney School in Orlando, Fla.
Sister Ann’s work in parish ministry and pastoral ministry included serving at Holy Spirit Parish in Jacksonville, Fla., and Holy Family Parish in Antigua. She also served as a pastoral visitor at Barry House in Spokane, Wash.
During her 43 years of ministry in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, Sister Ann was principal of St. John Neumann School in Bryn Mawr, St. Francis de Sales School in Lenni, and Resurrection of Our Lord School in Chester. Her ministry at Neumann University included serving as coordinator of elementary education and volunteering in the president’s office.
Sister Ann also volunteered at the Franciscan Spiritual Center, the Sisters of St. Francis Foundation Office, and Assisi House. In 2010 she became a resident of Assisi House where she served in prayer ministry.
Her funeral Mass was celebrated June 7 at Assisi House in Aston. Burial was in Our Lady of Angels Cemetery in Aston.
Sister Ann Rosaire is survived by many cousins, nieces, nephews, and by members of the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia.
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