Archbishop Nelson J. Pérez

Archbishop Nelson Pérez issued the following statement Aug. 6 following the sudden death of Sister Frances Antoinette Engler, S.S.J. due to a traffic accident.

See CatholicPhilly’s feature article on Sister Frances’ passing.


“I was deeply saddened to learn that Sister Frances Antoinette Engler, S.S.J. died in a tragic accident yesterday.  In the name of the bishops, priests, deacons, consecrated religious, and lay faithful of the Archdiocese, I express prayerful condolences to her  fellow religious, the Archbishop Ryan High School community, and all those who mourn her passing.

Sister Frances Antoinette was a faithful witness to Christ and His Church. She enriched the lives of many young people through her dedication to the mission of Catholic education for several decades. In addition, she touched the lives of thousands of people throughout our region by serving as the coordinator for Archbishop Ryan High School’s Community Service Corps. She inspired students to be  faithful witnesses to Christ by serving as missionary disciples.

This moment is one of deep sorrow. I ask all people of good will to join me praying for the soul of Sister Frances Antoinette, for the consolation and peace of her family, and for all those are suffering as a result of her death. May the Lord pour His mercy upon them and hold them in His loving embrace.”

Most Reverend Nelson J. Pérez, D.D.
Archbishop of Philadelphia