Aston, PA–Sister Honorata Alcarese, OSF, died in Assisi House on July 28, 2008. She was 101 years of age and had been a professed member of the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia for 74 years. Sister Honarata Alcarese (Rose Eleodora) was born in Baltimore, Maryland, where she was a member of St. Vincent Parish. She graduated from Eastern High School and taught kindergarten at St. Vincent School before she entered the congregation in 1931. Sister Honorata earned a B.S. in English from Mount St. Mary College. She ministered primarily in elementary education. Her leisure activities included crocheting, knitting, and sewing. She made beautiful baby sets that were sold in the gift shop at Assisi House.
Sister Honorata ministered for forty-five years in the Archdiocese of Baltimore. She taught at St. Vincent School (1935-1946); Little Flower School (1946-1947, 1970-1976); St. Katherine School (1947-1953); St. Peter Claver School (1961-1962); St. Anthony School (1976-1979) and Immaculate Conception Convent, Towson (1979-1997).
Sister Honorata ministered for fourteen years with the Diocese of Oklahoma City. She taught at St. Joseph Academy in Chickasha, (1953-1956, 1965-1968), as well as, Our Lady of Victory School in Purcell, (1956-1961, 1962-1965).
Sister Honorata ministered in education for four additional years, three in the Diocese of Wilmington where she taught at St. Thomas School, Wilmington (1933-1935); St. Peter School, New Castle (1969-1970). She served one year in the Diocese of Pensacola teaching at St. Paul School, Pensacola (1968-1969).
In 1997 Sister Honorata Alcarese retired to Queen of Peace Convent in Aston, Pennsylvania and then on to Assisi House where she served in prayer ministry until her death.
All services will be held in Assisi House, 600 Red Hill Road, on Thursday, 7/31. 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 Honorata is survived by nieces and nephews, and by her Franciscan family. Donations in her name can be made to Franciscan Ministries Foundation, 609 S. Convent Road, Aston, PA 19014.