Aston, PA-Sister Mary Anne Brown, OSF, (formerly Sister Mary Liguori), died in Assisi House on January 28. She was eighty-seven years of age and had been a professed member of the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia for sixty-six years. Sister Mary Anne was born in Wilmington, Delaware, where she was a member of St. Paul Parish. Prior to her entrance into the congregation in 1939, she graduated from Wilmington High School. Sister Mary Anne earned a B.S. in English from Mt. St. Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, Maryland, and an M.A. in Guidance and Counseling from Catholic University in Washington, DC. She ministered primarily in elementary and secondary education, both as a teacher and as principal. She also worked for many years as a secretary in the congregational offices of the Sisters of St. Francis. Her leisure activities included reading and crocheting.
Sister Mary Anne ministered for forty-four years in the Archdiocese of Baltimore. She taught at Shrine of the Little Flower School (1941-1953, 1977-1982); St. Katharine School (1953-1956); and Immaculate Conception School, Towson (1956-1957, 1958-1971). From 1971-1977 and 1982-1986 she ministered at St. Elizabeth Business School, both as teacher and principal.
Sister Mary Anne ministered in her native Wilmington, teaching at Padua Academy from 1957-1958.
Sister Mary Anne ministered for twenty-two years in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. From 1986-2006 she worked in the congregational offices for the Sisters of St. Francis in Aston. In 2006 she moved 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, January 31. 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 Mary Anne is survived by her 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.