Aston, PA—Sister Anne McMahon, OSF, (98), (formerly Sister Catherine Philomene) died in Assisi House on October 4, 2015. She had been a professed member of the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia for 76 years. Sister Anne was born in Scariff, County Clare, Ireland. She entered the congregation in 1936 and professed her first vows in 1939. Sister Anne earned a B.A. in Social Science from Neumann University and ministered primarily in education, child care, and pastoral ministry.
Sister Anne ministered in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia for 14 years. In her early years in ministry she worked at St. Joseph Day Nursery. In later years she lived at Queen of Peace Convent, an independent living residence for the Sisters of St. Francis. There she served in local house ministry. In 2009 she moved to Assisi House where she served in prayer ministry until her death.
Sister Anne ministered in the Archdiocese of Baltimore for 26 years. She taught at the Shrine of the Little Flower, St. Elizabeth School, St. Anthony School, and St. Joseph School in Fullerton.
During her 18 years in the Diocese of Charleston, Sister Anne served in parish ministry, first at Divine Redeemer Parish in Hanrahan and later in St. Paul Parish in Spartanburg.
Sister Anne also taught at Holy Spirit School in Jacksonville, North Carolina; Our Lady of Lourdes School in Bethesda, Maryland; St. Francis Academy, Baker, Oregon; St. Anthony School in Wilmington, Delaware; Holy Trinity School in Boston, Massachusetts; St. Anthony School in Trenton, New Jersey.
During the years that she served in child care, Sister Anne ministered at St. James Protectorate in Reybold, Delaware; St. Michael Orphanage in Hopewell, New Jersey; St. Ann Orphanage in Spokane, Washington; and St. Francis Orphanage in Orwigsburg, Pennsylvania.
All services will be held in Assisi House, 600 Red Hill Road, Aston, Pennsylvania on Wednesday, October 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 Anne is survived by a niece, 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.