Aston, PA—Sister Anthony Celine O’Leary, OSF, 93, died in Assisi House on September 2. She had been a professed member of the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia for 71 years. Sister Anthony Celine (Sheila O’Leary) was born in Milford, County Cork, Ireland. She entered the congregation in 1939 and professed her first vows in 1945. Sister Anthony Celine earned a B.S. in Education from Mt. St. Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, Maryland. She ministered primarily in elementary education.
Sister Anthony Celine ministered in the Archdiocese of Baltimore for 37 years. She taught at Shrine of the Little Flower School, St. Anthony School, St. Joseph School in Fullerton, St. Elizabeth School, and St. Katharine School. After her retirement she returned to St. Anthony Convent where she served in local house ministry and prayer ministry.
During her 15 years in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, Sister Anthony Celine taught at St. Benedict School. Following her retirement from active ministry, she moved to Assisi House, the congregation’s retirement in Aston, Pennsylvania, where she served in prayer ministry until her death.
Sister Anthony’s ministry in the Diocese of Oklahoma City, Sister Anthony Celine taught at Our Lady of Victory School in Purcell, St. Patrick Indian Mission in Anadarko, and St. Joseph Academy in Chickasha.
During her five years in the Archdiocese of Washington, Sister Anthony Celine taught at Nativity School.
She also ministered in the Diocese of Wilmington where she taught at Holy Angels School in Newark and St. Anthony School in Wilmington. She also served in local house ministry at Immaculate Conception Convent in Elkton, Maryland.
In the Diocese of Raleigh, Sister Anthony served in local house ministry in Infant of Prague Convent in Jacksonville, North Carolina.
Additional experience in education included teaching at St. Paul School in Spartanburg, South Carolina, and Holy Ghost School in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.
All services will be held in Assisi House, 600 Red Hill Road, Aston, Pennsylvania, 19014 on Wednesday, September 7. A Christian Wake Service will be held at 9:30 A.M. followed by viewing. Mass of Christian Burial at will be at 11 A.M. Burial will be in Our Lady of Angels Cemetery in Aston. Sister Anthony Celine is survived by her 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.