Aston, PA–Sister Ann Mercedes Miller, OSF, died in Assisi House on November 19. She was ninety-one years of age and had been a professed member of the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia for seventy-one years. Sister Ann Mercedes (Rose Marie Miller) was born in Baltimore, Maryland, where she was a member of St. Andrew Parish. Prior to her entrance into the congregation in 1935, she graduated from Seton High School in Baltimore. Two of her sisters, Sister Basilia Miller and Sister Teresiana Miller (both now deceased), also entered the congregation. Sister Ann Mercedes earned a B.S. in Education from Mt. St. Mary College in Emmitsburg, Maryland. She ministered in education on both elementary and secondary levels and in parish ministry.
Sister Ann Mercedes ministered for thirty-six years in the Archdiocese of Baltimore. She taught at Immaculate Conception School in Towson, St. Elizabeth School, Sts. Philip and James School, St. Joseph School in Fullerton, Shrine of the Little Flower School, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel High School, The Catholic High School of Baltimore, and Towson Catholic High School. From 1999-2003 she served in prayer ministry at St. Anthony Convent.
Sister Ann Mercedes’ thirty years of ministry in the Archdiocese of Washington included teaching at Our Lady of Lourdes School in Bethesda, Nativity School, and St. Bernadette School in Silver Spring. In 1978 she returned to St. Bernadette Parish where she served in parish ministry as a pastoral associate until 1999.
Additional ministry experience included teaching at St. Paul School in Wilmington, Delaware. In 2003 she moved to Assisi House in Aston, Pennsylvania, where she served in prayer ministry until her death.
All services will be held in Assisi House, 600 Red Hill Road, on Monday, November 24. A Christian Wake Service will be held at 9:30 A.M followed by viewing. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 A.M. Burial will be in Our Lady of Angels Cemetery in Aston. Sister Ann Mercedes is survived by nieces and nephews and by her Franciscan family. Donations in her name can be made to Franciscan Ministries Foundation, 609 S. Convent Road, Aston, PA 19014.