Deaths in Franciscan Communities

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Franciscan deaths

Holy Name Province is mourning the recent passing of three friars and three Franciscan sisters.

Bishop Sylvester Magro, OFM, of Malta, 76, died on Jan. 20 at Mater Dei Hospital, Msida, Malta. He was a professed Franciscan friar for 59 years, a priest for 51 years, and a bishop for 20 years.

Two members of Assumption BVM Province have died: Br. Theodore Tokarz, OFM, 80, on Dec. 23 and Fr. Thomas Kamenski, OFM, 87, on Jan. 13.

Two members of the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia have died: Sr. Mary Teresa Carmichael, OSF, 93, on Dec. 28 and Sr. Rita Marie Burian, OSF, 83, on Jan. 8. Both died at Assisi House in Aston, Pa.

Sr. Celestine Fruscione, OSF, a member of the Franciscan Sisters of Allegany, N.Y., died Jan. 18 in Anapolis, Brazil.

Editor’s note: Each month, HNP Today publishes news of the deaths of Franciscan brothers, priests, and sisters. Information should be emailed to the HNP Communications Office. Announcements about deaths of friars of OFM provinces of the United States can also be found on

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