Aston, PA—Sister Columbkill O’Connor, OSF, 102, died in Assisi House on November 6. She had been a professed member of the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia for 78 years. Sister Columbkill (Bridget Mary O’Connor) was born in Castleisland, County Kerry, Ireland. She entered the congregation in 1935 and professed her first vows in 1938. Sister Columbkill earned a B.S. in Education from Mt. St. Mary University in Emmitsburg, Maryland, and ministered primarily in education.
Sister Columbkill ministered for 52 years in the Archdiocese of Baltimore. She spent 41 of those years at Our Lady of Mount Carmel School in Middle River where she taught and later volunteered as a remedial teacher. During her last year in the parish she served in local house ministry in the parish convent. She also taught for nine years at Immaculate Conception Convent in Towson and two years at St. Peter Claver School in Baltimore.
Sister Columbkill’s 13 years of ministry in the Archdiocese of Washington, DC, included teaching at Nativity School in Washington and at Our Lady of Lourdes School in Bethesda, Maryland.
Additional ministry experience includes three years in the Diocese of Wilmington teaching at St. Mary School in Wilmington and at Immaculate Conception School in Elkton, Maryland. She also taught for one year at St. Joseph Academy in Chickasha, Oklahoma.
All services will be held in Assisi House, 600 Red Hill Road, Aston, Pennsylvania, 19014 on Thursday, November 10. 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 Columbkill is survived by her nieces and 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.