Aston, PA—Sister Edward Paul Colliton, OSF, (98), died on May 19 in Assisi House where she has served in prayer ministry since 2002. She had been a professed member of the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia for 76 years. Sister Edward Paul (Magdalena Bernice Colliton) was born in Philadelphia, where she was a member of St. Elizabeth Parish and a graduate of St. Elizabeth Commercial High School. Prior to her entrance into the congregation in 1931, she worked as a stenographer for Charles C. Parks. Sister Edward Paul entered the congregation in 1931 and professed her first vows in 1934. She earned a B.S. in Education from Mt. St. Mary University in Emmitsburg, Maryland, and an M.A. in Education from the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC.
Sister Edward Paul ministered in the Archdiocese of Washington for 26 years. She taught at Nativity School in Washington (1933-1950) and Our Lady of Lourdes School, Bethesda, (1950-1956). From 1956-1959 she was principal of St. Bernadette School in Silver Spring.
Sister Edward Paul ministered in the Archdiocese of Baltimore for 21 years. She was principal of St. Anthony School from 1971-1974. From 1984-2002 she lived at St. Anthony Convent and did volunteer work in the parish.
Sister Edward Paul’s 10 years of ministry in the Diocese of Charleston (1974-1984) included serving as principal of Our Lady of Peace School in North Augusta. During those same years she did parish ministry at St. Edward Parish and ministered with the people of Murphy Village.
Sister Edward Paul ministered for six years in the Diocese of Trenton. She was principal of Corpus Christi School from 1959-1965.
In 1965 she moved to the Diocese of Wilmington where she served as principal of Immaculate Conception School in Elkton until 1971.
All services will be held in Assisi House, 600 Red Hill Road, on Tuesday, May 25. 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 Edward Paul is survived by nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews, 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.