Aston, PA—Sister Dorothy Franz, OSF (formerly Sister Edward Miriam), 80, died in Gilchrist Hospice in Towson, Maryland, on August 7. She had been a professed member of the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia for 60 years. Sister Dorothy was born in Baltimore where she was a member of Shrine of the Little Flower Parish and a graduate of the Catholic High School of Baltimore. She entered the congregation in 1958 and professed her first vows in 1960. Sister Dorothy earned a B.A. in English from Neumann University and an M.A. in Administration from Towson University. She ministered primarily in elementary education and parish ministry where she served as a DRE and director of the RCIA program.
Sister Dorothy began her first year in ministry in the Diocese of Trenton where she taught at St. Anthony School. From there she moved to the Diocese of Harrisburg where she taught at St. Mary School in York.
Sister Dorothy ministered in the Archdiocese of Baltimore for 58 years. She taught at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel School in Middle River, Immaculate Conception School in Towson, and St. Clement School in Rosedale. During her years at St. Mark Parish in Fallston, she served as director of religious education. Since 1996 she has ministered as director of religious education and as coordinator of the RCIA Program at St. Paul Parish in Ellicott City.
All services will be held at St. Paul Church in Ellicott City, Maryland. Viewing: Tuesday, 8/11, 3-5 P.M and 7-9 P.M. Mass of Christian burial: Wednesday, 8/12, 12 P.M., followed by burial in Most Holy Redeemer Cemetery, Baltimore, Maryland.
Sister Dorothy is survived by her cousins 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.
Read Sr. Dorothy’s memorial write-up.