Aston, PA—Sister Celine Agnes Jones, OSF, 84, died in Assisi House on March 26, 2012. She was a professed member of the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia for 62 years. Sister Celine Agnes (Marie Celine Jones) was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where she was a member of St. Columba Parish. She entered the congregation in 1946 and professed her first vows in 1949. Sister Celine Agnes was a graduate of Hallahan High School in Philadelphia and earned a B.S. in English from Mount St. Mary’s College. She ministered primarily in elementary education. In her leisure time, Sister Celine enjoyed reading, sports, puzzles, and listening to music.
Sister Celine Agnes ministered for 34 years in the Archdiocese of Baltimore where she taught at Immaculate Conception School, Towson (1953-1955, 1965-1968), and in Baltimore at St. Peter Claver School (1955-1957), St. Paul School (1957-1960, 1961-1962), and St. Katherine School (1962-1965). She ministered as principal of SS. Philip and James School from 1976-1979. Sister Celine served in parish ministry at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish in Middle River in 1981, and resumed teaching in Baltimore later that same year at St. Joseph School from 1981-1998.
Sister Celine ministered for eight years in the Diocese of Wilmington where she taught at Holy Angels School in Newark (1968-1970) and Immaculate Conception School in Elkton (1970-1976).
She also taught for one year at St. Paul the Apostle School in Spartanburg, North Carolina (1960-1961). Sister Celine Agnes also ministered as administrator at St. Michael’s Home in Hopewell, New Jersey (1949-1952) and St. Francis Home in Roxbury, Massachusetts (1952-1953).
Sister Celine ministered in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia for 16 years serving as a caregiver from 1979-1981 and later returning as a volunteer at Assisi House in Aston (1998-2010). She moved to Assisi House in 2010 where she served in prayer ministry until her death.
All services will be held in Assisi House, 600 Red Hill Road, on Monday, April 2, 2012. A Christian Wake Service will be held at 9:30 A.M followed by viewing. Mass of Christian Burial will be 11 A.M. Burial will be in Our Lady of Angels Cemetery in Aston. Sister Celine Agnes is survived by her nieces, 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.