Aston, PA—Sister Nora O’Mahony, OSF (formerly Sister Kyran), 82, died in Assisi House on February 20. She had been a professed member of the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia for 59 years. Sister Nora was born in Tureenclassaugh, Knocknagree, County Cork, Ireland. She entered the congregation in 1949 and professed her first vows in 1952. Her sister, Sister Mary O’Mahony, is also a member of the congregation. Sister Nora earned a B.A. in Social Science from the University of San Diego. She ministered primarily in education.
Sister Nora began her years in education in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, teaching at St. Aloysius School in Pottstown (1951-1952). From 1998-1999 and again from 2003-2008, she lived at Our Lady of Angels Convent in Aston where she volunteered in various congregational offices. She moved to Assisi House in Aston in 2008 and served in prayer ministry until her death.
Sister Nora ministered for 13 years in the Diocese of San Diego. She taught at Our Lady of Guadalupe School (1952-1953, 1965-1968) and at the School of the Madeleine (1968-1974). From 2000-2003 she served at Mission San Antonio DePala in Pala.
Sister Nora also ministered for 12 years in the Diocese of San Bernardino where she taught at St. Thomas the Apostle School in Riverside from 1959-1961 and again from 1888-1998. She also ministered for eight years in the Diocese of Oakland, California, where she taught at St. Isidore School in Danville (1974-1982).
During her 10 years of service in the Diocese of Cheyenne, Sister Nora ministered at St. Stephens Mission School in St. Stephens, Wyoming (1953-1959, 1961-1965). Her ministry in the Archdiocese of Seattle included teaching at St. Charles Borromeo School in Tacoma (1982-1986).
All services will be held in Assisi House, 600 Red Hill Road, on Friday, February 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 Nora is survived by her sisters, Sister Mary O’Mahony, Sheila Murphy and Abina McPeak; her brother, John O’Mahony; nieces, nephews, 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.