Aston, PA—Sister Helen St. Paul Herberich, OSF, 95, died in Assisi House on July 3. She had been a professed member of the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia for 72 years. Sister Helen St. Paul (Helen Christine Herberich) was born in Philadelphia where she was a member of St. Aloysius Parish and a graduate of Hallahan High School. She entered the congregation in 1941 and professed her first vows in 1944. Sister Helen earned a B.A. in Biology from the Catholic University of America and an M.S. in Biology from Villanova University. She ministered primarily in secondary education and in senior care. During her years in Baltimore, Sister Helen served on committees helping to develop the science curriculum and science evaluative criteria for Catholic elementary schools. She also coauthored the Science and Life Series for Holt, Rinehart, and Winston and was chosen as an “Experimental Teacher” for the Harvard Project in Physics.
Sister Helen ministered for 22 years in the Archdiocese of Baltimore where she taught at Shrine of the Little Flower School and at the Catholic High School of Baltimore. She also served as principal of Towson Catholic High School.
Sister Helen St. Paul also ministered for 12 years in the Diocese of Wilmington where she taught at Padua Academy.
Sister Helen St. Paul’s 36 years in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia included teaching at West Catholic High School and Lansdale Catholic High School. She served as administrator of Our Lady of Angels Convent, the congregation’s motherhouse in Aston. She later volunteered as assistant administrator of Assisi House, the congregation’s retirement residence in Aston where she also served as a pastoral associate and manager of special projects. In 2006 she became a resident of Assisi House and served in prayer ministry.
All services will be held in Assisi House, 600 Red Hill Road, Aston, Pennsylvania, 19014, on Friday, July 8. 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 Helen St. Paul is survived by her cousins 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.