Sister Mary Agnes Donnelly, Age 86


Thursday, July 9, 2020

A teacher and a librarian, Sister Mary Agnes taught in her early years at various schools within the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and in the Dioceses of Allentown, Pennsylvania, and Raleigh, North Carolina. For eight summers, Sister Mary Agnes was the sister “in charge” at the Sisters of Mercy vacation house in Sea Isle, New Jersey, which was the former Mercy Hospital. Her degree in library science was put to great use when she served as the school librarian at Waldron Mercy Academy in Merion, Pennsylvania, for 24 years. During her years of active ministry, Sister Mary Agnes wore several “hats,” always with a smile. 

With a great love for younger children and her gentle smile, Sister Mary Agnes introduced her students to the wonderful world of reading. She also played the violin for community liturgies or with the local orchestra, the Lower Merion Symphony. A member of a close-knit family, she is pre-deceased by her older sister, Sister Catherine Regina Donnelly, RSM, and her brother John Donnelly, FSC.

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