Aston, PA—Sister Margaret Mary Lewis (formerly Sister John Therese), 92, died in Assisi House on December 31, 2021. She had been a professed member of the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia for 72 years. Sister Margaret was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where she was a member of St. Rose of Lima Parish, and a graduate of West Catholic Girls High School. She entered the congregation in 1946 and professed her first vows in 1949. She earned a BS in science from Villanova, an MA in education from Trenton State College, and a PhD in medical technology from the Catholic University. She ministered primarily in health care and administration.
Sister Margaret ministered for 24 years in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, serving for 13 of those years at Neumann University as a professor and program director of Clinical Laboratory Sciences. Additional ministry included serving as an administrative assistant at Pennsylvania Hospital and serving as a volunteer at Riddle Memorial Hospital. In 2019, she moved to Assisi House in Aston, Pennsylvania, where she served in prayer and hospitality until her death.
Sister Margaret served for 21 years in the Diocese of Wilmington as the vice president of St. Francis Hospital in Wilmington.
During her 16 years in the Archdiocese of Baltimore, Sister Margaret worked at St. Joseph Hospital, Shrine of the Little Flower School, and the Catholic High School of Baltimore. She also served in local house ministry at Cromwell Valley and at the Cancer Institute, both in Towson.
Additional ministry work included nine years in the Diocese of Trenton serving at St. Francis Hospital, as well as two years in the Washington, D.C., Diocese at St. Bernadette School in Silver Spring, Maryland.
Sister Margaret Lewis authored several professional journal articles and a textbook on clinical parasitology, served on many boards, and was the recipient of several prestigious awards.
All services will be held in Assisi House on January 6, 2022, and are private. Due to the rise in Covid-19 numbers, Assisi House is now closed to visitors; however, family and friends can attend the funeral virtually using the link below. A Christian Wake Service will be held at 9:30 A.M. followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 11 A.M. Burial will be in Our Lady of Angels Cemetery in Aston. Sister Margaret Mary is survived by her many 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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