Sister Annie Frances Oman, O.S.F. (formerly Sister Margaret Patricia), age 92, died Feb. 29 in Assisi House, Aston. She had been a professed member of the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia for 71 years.
She was born in Drumcondra, County Dublin, Ireland, where she was a member of Our Lady of Dolours Parish. She entered the congregation in 1946 and professed her first vows in 1949. Two of her sisters, Sister Patricia Joseph Oman (now deceased) and Sister Margaret Oman, also entered the congregation.
Sister Annie Frances earned a BA in Education/French from Fort Wright College. She ministered primarily in elementary education and pastoral care.
Prior to moving to the West Coast, Sister Annie Frances ministered in education in the Archdiocese of Baltimore and in the Diocese of Wilmington. She ministered for 25 years in the Archdiocese of Seattle, both in teaching and in pastoral ministry positions in hospitals.
During her last 12 years in the archdiocese, she volunteered at the Institute for Christian Ministries in Tacoma.
Sister Annie Frances also ministered in various dioceses in California as a teacher and in hospital ministry.
Sister Annie Frances’ ministry in Oregon included teaching at Sacred Heart Academy in Klamath Falls, located in the Diocese of Baker.
Sister Annie Frances returned to the East Coast in 2008 where she lived and engaged in local house ministry at Our Lady of Angels Convent, the congregation’s motherhouse. She moved to Assisi House, the Franciscan sisters’ retirement residence, in 2016 where she served in prayer and hospitality ministry until her death.
The funeral Mass was celebrated March 9 at Assisi House. Burial followed in Our Lady of Angels Cemetery in Aston.
In addition to Sister Margaret Oman, Sister Annie Frances is survived by her brother and sister-in-law, Peter and Joan Oman; her sister, Sister Agnes Oman; her cousins, Sisters Patricia Kidd and Maria Assunta Oman; nieces, nephews, and by her Franciscan family.
Donations in her name can be made to the Sisters of St. Francis Foundation, 609 S. Convent Road, Aston, PA 19014.
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