Aston, PA—Sister Barbara Ann Lucas, OSF (formerly Sister Eleanor Marie), 81, died in Assisi House on July 26. She had been a professed member of the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia for 58 years. Sister Barbara was born in Philadelphia where she was a member of St. Matthew Parish and a graduate of Hallahan High School. She entered the congregation in 1957 and professed her first vows in 1960. Sister Barbara earned BA in English from Neumann University. She ministered primarily in education and spiritual ministry.
Sister Barbara ministered for 38 years in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. She taught at St. Benedict School and St. Elizabeth School, both in Philadelphia, and at St. Francis deSales School in Lenni. She later served as chaplain at St. Mary Medical Center in Langhorne. She also served as vocation director for the former Immaculate Conception Province of the Sisters of St. Francis which was based in Philadelphia. In later years she served in spiritual ministry in the Abode of Light in Doylestown and volunteered at both Assisi House in Aston and Anna’s Place in Chester.
Sister Barbara also ministered for eight years in the Diocese of Allentown. She taught at St. Mary School and St. Lawrence School, both in Catasauqua as well as at St. Francis Orphanage in Orwigsburg.
During her 10 years in the Diocese of Wheeling/Charleston, West Virginia, Sister Barbara served in spiritual ministry at Our Lady of Solitude Hermitage in Spencer.
Upon her death Sister Barbara requested her body be donated for education and science. All services were held in Assisi House, 600 Red Hill Road, Aston, Pennsylvania, 19014 on Tuesday, August 22, 2019. A Christian Wake Service was held at 9:30 A.M. Internment of Ashes was at 11 A.M followed by burial in Our Lady of Angels Cemetery in Aston. Sister Barbara is survived 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.