Aston’s Sister Anthony Eileen Reidy Celebrates 102nd Birthday – Delco Times

ASTON – Sister Anthony Eileen Reidy, OSF celebrated her 102nd birthday on Monday July 25 at Assisi House in Aston. She is the oldest member of the congregation of the Sisters of Saint Francis of Philadelphia. Sister Anthony celebrated her birthday with balloons and a cake, along with her sisters from the retirement community.

Born Margaret Reidy in County Limerick, Ireland, to Michael and Hanora Reidy, Sister Anthony Eileen entered the Sisters of St. Francis in 1939 and took her first vows in 1945. Looking back on becoming a sister, sister Anthony wrote for his 70th jubilee. , “I am taken back to the day when Sister Pierre and Mother DePadua came to our region to talk to us about religious life. I attended the meeting and even though I did not know the Sisters of Saint Francis, I was very impressed by their kind and gentle approach and to hear them explain that they serve everyone, not just a group. of people.

She decided to join the congregation and entered with other young women in Mallow. “We had a lot of fun together even though we worked hard and learned a lot about how to become a Sister of St. Francis.”

Kevin Harper, a volunteer with the Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry in Prospect Park, is pictured gratefully accepting food donations from Joan Mitchell, the executive assistant to the CEO of Oliver Heating and Cooling in Morton. Oliver employees held a food drive this summer to stock the pantry with much-needed food. (PHOTO SUBMITTED)

In her life of ministry, Sister Anthony served for 35 years in the Diocese of Trenton at St. Francis Hospital/Medical Center. She also served at St. Agnes Hospital in Philadelphia, St. Patrick’s Hospital in County Cork, Ireland, and St. Mary’s Home in New Bedford, Massachusetts. According to the other Assisi House sisters, Sister Anthony is friendly and caring and tends to seek out the needs of others, so it’s no surprise that she was also able to make many friends and gain trust in all her ministries.
In 2010, Sr. Anthony moved to Assisi House, where she serves in prayer and hospitality ministry. In addition to daily prayer and her service projects, Sister Anthony enjoys watching movies and listening to music.
When asked what it meant to her to be a Sister of St. Francis, she wrote, “I think it is a spiritual, stable and caring community. After leaving my family in Ireland and coming to America, I was able to shape my life and live out my hopes and dreams while strengthening my prayer life. I thank God for his goodness to me in helping me find this wonderful congregation.
The Sisters of Saint Francis of Philadelphia are a community of approximately 320 Catholic nuns who choose an evangelical way of life lived in community and maintain a long and honored tradition of loving God and relating through loving service. For more information, visit

Immanuel Lutheran Makes Final Appeal for Vacation Bible School Enrollment

Immanuel Lutheran Church, 501 Chester Pike, Norwood, invites children from three to fourth grade to experience fun hobbies, crafts, music and memorable Bible stories at its “Adventure Island Vacation Bible School”, 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Monday to Friday, August 8-12. Registration is now open at, click on the calendar to find Vacation Bible School. Pre-registration is requested so that a badge can be ready. A hard copy of a registration form can be obtained by calling 610-586-5860.

Food For Friends of Fiorenza partners with Oliver Heating & Cooling for summer food drive

Oliver Heating & Cooling recently partnered with Food For Friends (F4) of Fiorenza for a food drive dubbed “Independence from Hunger”. The drive, which ran from June 27 to July 15, raised much-needed food items to benefit Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry in Prospect Park.

The Loaves and Fishes Pantry is a ministry of Prospect Hill Baptist Church. Started in August 2001 by Deacons Linda Freeman and Lana Lindenmuth, the operation has grown over its 20-year history to serve clients throughout Delaware County. The Pantry is a non-denominational, non-sectarian food pantry that provides food to those in need in local communities and is an entirely volunteer-run operation. Families receive a variety of fresh produce, frozen meats and shelf stable items to meet their household nutritional needs.

With the cost of food skyrocketing lately, donations like the F4/Oliver Heating & Cooling Food Drive couldn’t come at a better time.
“It has been a pleasure to support the F4 food drive again,” said Joan Mitchell, executive assistant to Oliver Heating & Cooling CEO David Oliver. “Our associates stepped up and gave what they could. We enjoy the opportunity to help others.

The food drive generated 283 pounds of food, including 21 pounds of pet food. The combined total weight of all donations was 304 pounds.
F4 is a Downingtown-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit that connects food sources with other nonprofits that feed the hungry. F4 operates as an unpaid broker and provides services to food donors and recipient organizations free of charge. F4’s Food Rescue and Food Drive programs empower corporations, small businesses, and communities to give back to local nonprofits.

Founded in 2011, F4 has provided access to over 5 million pounds of food to non-profit organizations that feed the hungry in the United States and Canada. F4 is a secular organization founded and operated on Christian principles. F4 does not accept government funding and is supported by corporations, foundations and individuals.
To learn more about organizing an F4 food drive, visit

Community Foundation Celebrates 33 College Scholarship Recipients

The Community’s Foundation (TCF) recently announced the 2022 Scholars for its Donor-Advised Scholarship Funds.
The Arthur and Christine Burgee Scholarship, managed by the Philadelphia Foundation and administered by the TCF, awards a college scholarship to a graduate of Penn Wood High School, and the award continues to support individuals as they progress through their studies. undergraduate. This year’s recipients are: Jessica Atinkah, Fatima Fofanah and Mikhaidia Miller.

Scholarships from the Career Pathways Scholarship Fund are awarded to freshmen and graduates/alumni of Williamson College of the Trades. The scholarship was awarded to the following twenty students: Christopher Barrett, Michael Collas, Keith Belton-Thompson, Kevin Bart, Andrew Chhlang, Nathanial Joseph, Pius Rogers, Francisco Torres-Vega, Frank DeSan, Amin Porter, Kaden Walsh, Ilkay Akar, Jason Fisicaro, Kelly Battis, Dajour Carter, Giovanni Ramirez-Mlechor, Damani Bryant, Joseph Clinton, Vagiba Donzo and Griffin Moeller.
The Dora and John Brown Scholarship is awarded to graduating seniors with a minimum 3.0 GPA, active in community service, and residents of Chester. This year’s scholarship was awarded to the following three students: DeSean Hubert, Destiny Miller and Ermias Tedla.

The Mellon Certified Restoration Scholarship is awarded to a Penn Wood High School graduate who demonstrates financial need and possesses superior leadership skills to attend a two- or four-year college or technical school. This year’s recipient is Trinity Crosson.

The Robert Malkovsky II Memorial Fund is awarding two scholarships to Penncrest High School graduates pursuing four-year studies in STEM fields. This year’s recipients are Sara Kristiansen and Charles Katz.

The TGJ Shine On Scholarship Fund was established in memory of Tiffany Grossi Johnson. By earning this scholarship, erudite female athletes are not only rewarded financially, but recognized as pillars of excellence among their peers, teachers, teammates, and community – just like Tiffany was. This scholarship was awarded to the following students: Gabrielle Rizzio, Isabella King, Mia Moore and Mackenzie Everett.

For more information about the Community Foundation, call 610-461-6571 or visit

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