Aston, PA-Sister Martin Regina, McConnell, OSF, 80, died in Assisi House on July 30. She had been a professed member of the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia for 59 years. Sister Martin Regina was born in Philadelphia where she was a member of St. Bonaventure Parish. Prior to her entrance into the congregation in 1947, she graduated from Little Flower High School and worked at the Public Ledger Building. She professed her first vows in 1950. Sister Martin Regina earned a B.S. in English from Mt. St. Mary University in Emmitsburg, Maryland, and ministered primarily in elementary education. In her leisure time, Sister Martin Regina enjoyed reading, listening to music, and doing puzzles.
Since 2008 Sister Martin Regina has served in prayer ministry at Assisi House in Aston, Pennsylvania. During her 17 years of ministry in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, she also served as a unit coordinator at Assisi House (1992-1997) and in local house ministry at Our Lady of Angels Convent in Aston (1997-2008).
Sister Martin Regina ministered for 29 years in the Archdiocese of Baltimore. She taught at St. Vincent DePaul School (1951-1952); St. Clement School, Rosedale (1957-1960); St. Anthony School (1967-1968); St. Peter Claver School (1968-1971); Charles Hall Middle School (1971-1974, 1975-1978); and Shrine of the Little Flower School (1978-1989). In 1974-1975 she was principal of Charles Hall Lower School. After her retirement she volunteered both at St. Joseph Hospital Convent in Towson and at Church Home (1989-1992).
Sister Martin Regina’s 12 years of ministry in the Diocese of Wilmington included teaching at St. Anthony School (1950-1951); Corpus Christi School (1952-1957); St. Mary School (1960-1961); and Holy Angels School, Newark (1962-1967).
Sister Martin Regina was also principal of St. Patrick Indian Mission in Anadarko, Oklahoma (1961-1962).
All services will be held in Assisi House, 600 Red Hill Road, on August 4. 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 Martin Regina is survived by a niece, a nephew, 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.