Sister Marie Cecilia Irwin
Sister Marie Cecilia Irwin
Franciscan Sister Marie Cecilia Irwin died Aug. 17 in Assisi House, Aston, Pa. She was 89.

A professed member of the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia for 69 years, Sister Marie Cecilia was born Elizabeth Anne Irwin in Trenton, where she was a member of Blessed Sacrament Parish (now part of Sacred Heart Parish) and a graduate of Cathedral High School, Trenton. She entered the congregation in 1949 and professed her first vows in 1951. She earned bachelor of nursing and master of nursing education degrees from The Catholic University of America, Washington, and ministered primarily in nursing and hospital administration in the Archdioceses of Baltimore and Philadelphia and the Dioceses of Trenton and Allentown.

During her 12-year tenure in the Trenton Diocese, she worked in Morris Hall, Lawrenceville, as an administrator and St. Francis Medical Center, Trenton, as assistant to the president and later as vice president of mission and ministry.

In 2014, Sister Marie Cecilia moved to Assisi House where she served in prayer ministry until her death.

Sister Marie Cecilia is survived by her sister, nieces and nephew and her Franciscan family.

All services will be held in Assisi House Aug. 25 and will be private. Internment of ashes follow in Our Lady of Angels Cemetery, Aston. Donations in her name can be made to the Sisters of St. Francis Foundation, 609 S. Convent Road, Aston, PA 19014.