Sister Doloretta Francis, Teacher

July 23, 2009|By Frederick N. Rasmussen

Sister Doloretta Francis O'Sullivan, a retired educator whose career in the Archdiocese of Baltimore spanned nearly six decades, died Sunday of heart failure at Assisi House, her order's Aston, Pa., retirement home. She was 88.

Sister Doloretta Francis was born and raised Mary O'Sullivan in Knocknagree County Cork, Ireland, and was 16 when she entered the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia in 1937.

She professed her final vows in 1940, and earned a bachelor's degree in 1960 in education from Mount St. Mary's College in Emmitsburg.

Her teaching career began in 1940 at St. Elizabeth School in Baltimore, and from 1946 to 1955, she was on the faculty of St. Katherine School.

Sister Doloretta Francis taught at St. Stephen School in Bradshaw from 1955 until 1959, then spent the next nine years at Immaculate Conception School in Towson.

From 1968 to 1974, she held teaching assignments at St. Anthony School and Padua Academy in Wilmington, Del.

She returned to Baltimore when she joined the faculty at Our Lady of Mount Carmel High School in Essex.

From 1990 to 1997, she taught at Catholic High School of Baltimore, and spent the last three years of her career at St. Anthony School in Gardenville. She retired in 2005.

Sister Doloretta Francis moved to Assisi House in 2005, where she served for four years in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia prayer ministry.

An accomplished needleworker and seamstress, Sister Doloretta Francis enjoyed making dolls, which were sold at craft fairs.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 11 a.m. Thursday at Assisi House, 600 Red Hill Road, Aston.

She is survived by a nephew.

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