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Sister Margaret Mary O’Reilly, OSF
Sister Margaret Mary O’Reilly, OSF (formerly Sister Mary Alacoque), died in Assisi House on June 7. She was 90.
She had been a professed member of the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia for 72 years. She was born in County Leix, Ireland. At the time of her entrance into the congregation in 1944, she was a member of Exultation of the Holy Cross Parish in Stradbally. She professed her first vows in 1947. She earned a BSN from Marylhurst College in 1960 and an MA in Counseling/Psychiatry. She ministered primarily in health care.
Her 48 years of ministry in the Archdiocese of Seattle included working at St. Joseph Hospital, Humana Hospital, Hillhaven Nursing Home, Jefferson School, St. Ann Convent, and as a private tutor, all in Tacoma. In 2004 she became a resident of St. Ann Convent in Tacoma where she served in prayer and hospitality ministry.
She also ministered for 13 years in the Diocese of Baker, Oregon serving at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Baker, St. Joseph Hospital in LaGrande, and St. Anthony Hospital in Pendleton.
In 2017, she moved to Assisi House, the congregation’s retirement residence in Aston, Pennsylvania. Her earlier ministry in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia included working in health care at St. Mary Hospital in Philadelphia.
She is survived by two nephews, and by her Franciscan family.
Services were held in Assisi House on June 12 with burial at Our Lady of Angels Cemetery in Aston. Donations in her name can be made to the Sisters of St. Francis Foundation, 609 S. Convent Road, Aston, PA 19014.