Aston, PA—Sister Agnes Borkowski (formerly Sister Walter Josephine), OSF, 93, died in St. Joseph Medical Center in Baltimore, Maryland, on May 25. Sister Agnes was born in Baltimore where she was a member of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Parish in Middle River. She had been a professed member of the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia for 72 years. She entered the congregation in 1946 and professed her first vows in 1949. She later earned a B.A. in political science from Neumann University. Sister Agnes ministered primarily in child care, elementary education, and health care.
After professing her first vows, Sister Agnes moved to the Diocese of Trenton, where she ministered for five years at St. Michael Home in Hopewell. During her four years in the Diocese of Allentown, she ministered at St. Francis Orphanage in Orwigsburg and at St. Joseph/St. Anthony Elementary School in Easton.
Sister Agnes also ministered for 19 years in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. She taught at St. Mary of the Assumption School in Manayunk and All Saints School in Bridesburg as well as at Nativity BVM School and St. Mary of the Assumption School, both in Media.
An additional four years were spent in the Diocese of Fall River, where Sister Agnes served as a staff member of St. Mary Home in New Bedford.
In 1982 Sister Agnes moved back to her native Baltimore. There she taught at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel School in Middle River and St. Elizabeth of Hungary School in Baltimore. In 1988 she began ministering at St. Joseph Medical Center in Towson, where she served in various support and volunteer roles for many years. She also volunteered at the Ambulatory Surgery Center.
All services will be held at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, 8501 Loch Raven Blvd., Towson, Maryland, on Wednesday, June 2. Viewing will be 9:45-10:30 A.M. followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 A.M. Internment of Ashes will follow at Holy Redeemer Cemetery in Baltimore. Sister Agnes is survived by her sister, Genevieve Gulczynski, her brothers, John Borkowski and Robert Brandy, her nieces and nephews, and her Franciscan family. Donations in her name can be made to the Sisters of St. Francis Foundation, 609 S. Convent Road, Aston, PA 19014.
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