Sister Assunta Prunty, OSF, 95, died in St. Francis Hospital in Wilmington, Delaware, on Sunday, April 16, 2023. She had been a professed member of the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia for 69 years.
Sister Assunta was born Ellen (Evelyn) Frances Prunty in County Longford, Ireland, where she was a member of St. Mary Parish in Newtown Forbes. She entered the congregation in 1951 and professed her first vows in 1954. She earned a BA in English from Neumann University (then Our Lady of Angels College). She ministered primarily in elementary education.
Sister Assunta ministered for 22 years in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia where she began her ministry in education. She taught at St. Stanislaus School, Lansdale; All Saints School and St. Alphonsus School, Philadelphia; Resurrection School, Chester; and St. Ignatius School, Yardley.
Sister Assunta also taught for 13 years on the West Coast, serving for 11 of those years in the Spokane Diocese at St. Charles School and Holy Trinity School. Additionally, she spent two years in the Cheyenne Diocese at St. Margaret School in Riverton, Wyoming.
Returning to the East Coast, Sister Assunta ministered for 12 years in the Allentown Diocese at St. Joseph Medical Center in Reading as both a chaplain and spiritual aide.
In the Diocese of Wilmington, Sister Assunta ministered for 17 years with the Ministry of Caring as a volunteer and pastoral visitor. In 2022, she began local house ministry in her convent in Wilmington where she served at the time of her death.
Sister Assunta is survived by her nieces, nephews, and her Franciscan family.
All services will be held in Our Lady of Angels Convent Chapel on Friday, April 21, and will be livestreamed. A Christian Wake Service will be held at 9:30 a.m. followed by viewing. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11:00 a.m. Burial will be in Our Lady of Angels Cemetery in Aston.
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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