A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Jan. 3 in Assisi House, Aston, Pa., for Franciscan Sister Rosa Mystica McFadden, who died Dec. 27. She was 94.
A professed member of the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia for 73 years, Sister Rosa Mystica (formerly Anna Marie) entered the congregation in 1941 and professed her first vows in 1944. She studied nursing in St. Francis Hospital School of Nursing in Trenton and graduated as a registered nurse in 1946.
Having ministered in health care primarily as a nursing supervisor, Sister Rosa Mystica served for 48 years in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia; 16 years in the Baltimore Archdiocese and for 10 years in the Trenton Diocese in St. Francis Medical Center as a nursing supervisor. Part of her ministry in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia included nursing supervisor in St. Clare Hall, Aston, Pa. – a portion of the sisters’ convent once reserved for retired sisters in need of skilled care. In 1978 she continued her nursing ministry in Assisi House, Aston, the congregation’s retirement residence. In 2008, she became a resident of Assisi House and served in prayer ministry until her death.
Burial was in Our Lady of Angels Cemetery, Aston. Sister Rosa Mystica is survived by her nieces, nephews, and cousins 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.