Aston, PA—Sister Phyllis Ann Greco, OSF, 85, (formerly Sister Mary Coronata) died in Assisi House on January 24. She had been a professed member of the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia for 60 years. Sister Phyllis was born in Stoneham, Massachusetts. Prior to her entrance into the congregation in 1955, she was a member of Our Lady Help of Christians Parish in Newton, Massachusetts, and a graduate of the parish high school. Sister Phyllis later earned a BA in History and an MS in Social Work. She ministered primarily in education, social work, and parish ministry.
Sister Phyllis Ann ministered in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia for 20 years. During her early years in the congregation, she served in education, teaching at St. Elizabeth School, St. Bonaventure School, St. Benedict School, Our Lady of Consolation School, and St. Ludwig School—all in Philadelphia. She later was engaged in parish social work through the Northwest Cluster of Catholic Churches and also worked with Catholic Social Services. In 2016 she moved to Assisi House, the congregation’s retirement residence in Aston, Pennsylvania, where she served in prayer and hospitality ministry.
Sister Phyllis Ann’s 15 years in the Archdiocese of Baltimore included doing both parish ministry and social work. She served as director of social services at Villa St. Michael as well as working at Church Home Hospital, Harford Gardens Nursing Home, and Alice Manor Nursing Home. She worked at both St. Joseph Parish in Cockeysville and St. Stephen Parish in Kingsville.
Additional ministry experience included teaching at Sts. Peter and Paul School in Lehighton in the Diocese of Allentown. She also served as program director for Catholic Charities in the Archdiocese of Washington, DC. In the Diocese of Arlington Sister Phyllis worked in social services at Holy Family Parish in Dale City.
All services will be held in Assisi House, 600 Red Hill Road, Aston, Pennsylvania, 19014 on Friday, January 27. A Christian Wake Service will be held at 9:30 A.M. followed by viewing. Mass of Christian Burial at will be at 11 A.M. Burial will be in Our Lady of Angels Cemetery in Aston. Sister Phyllis Ann is survived by her brother, 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.