Aston, PA—Sister Agnes Marie O’Brien, OSF, 94, (formerly Sister Timothy Marie) died in Assisi House on January 6, 2021. She had been a professed member of the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia for 66 years. Sister Agnes Marie was born in Staten Island, New York. She entered the congregation in 1955 and professed her first vows in 1957. She earned a BS in Administration from Loyola University in 1969 and an MBA in Business Administrative Management from Loyola University in 1973. During her years in active ministry, she served in health care, pastoral ministry, and congregational ministry.
During her 24 years in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, Sister Agnes Marie served in various capacities: treasurer general for the Sisters of St. Francis, assistant to the president at St. Mary Medical Center in Langhorne, and coordinator of Portiuncula Convent in Aston. In 2012 she moved to Assisi House in Aston where she served in prayer and hospitality ministry until her death.
Sister Agnes also served for 19 years in the Archdiocese of Baltimore. She was CEO of St. Joseph Hospital for 16 of those years and later served as part of the provincial council for the former St. Joseph Province of the Sisters of St. Francis.
During her 15 years in the Diocese of Allentown, Sister Agnes Marie ministered as a pastoral associate in Holy Ghost Parish in Bethlehem.
Sister Agnes Marie ministered for seven years in the Diocese of Trenton where she was president and CEO of St. Francis Medical Center.
Liturgy will be held in Assisi House on January 13 and will be private. A memorial Mass will be held at a later date. Burial will be in Our Lady of Angels Cemetery in Aston. Sister Agnes Marie is survived by her brother and sister-in-law, Morgan and Carol O’Brien; her nieces and 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.
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