Mourning the Deaths of Franciscans

HNP Communications Franciscan World

The Provincial Office staff has recently learned of the passing of three members of English-speaking Conference provinces and four Franciscan sisters.

Two members of the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia died recently in Assisi House in Aston, Pennsylvania. Sr. Ann Joseph Hartman, OSF, who had been a professed member of the order for 78 years, died on Nov. 12 at the age of 99. Sr. Joan Tobin, OSF, a professed member for 52 years who had ministered in the eastern Pennsylvania area, died on Dec. 27. She was 85 years old.

Two members of the Franciscan Sisters of Allegany, N.Y., died last month. Sr. Therese Marie Lucassen, OSF, died on Dec. 10 at the age of 98. The Bronx native had taught at schools in Virginia, New York, New Jersey and North Carolina. Sr. Francis Miritello, OSF, died on Dec. 22. The Brooklyn, N.Y., native was 76 years old at the time of her death. She spent nearly 35 years working at schools in New Jersey and New York.

Two members of the Province of Ireland have died, one just before the new year and the other a few days into 2020. Augustine Hughes, OFM, who taught at Gormanston College in County Meath, died on Dece. 28, while Jude O’Riordan, OFM, a resident of the Franciscan friary in Merchants’ Quay, Dublin, died on Jan. 4 at Nazareth House.

Thaddée Matura, OFM, a member of the Province of Canada, died on Jan. 5 in Montreal. He had been a friar for 79 years and ordained for 71 of those years.

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.

 – Compiled by Jocelyn Thomas