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Sister Anna Catherine Melichar, OSF

Posted by Administrator (admin) on Oct 24 2016
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Sister Anna Catherine Melichar (formerly known as Sister Bonaventure), a member of the School Sisters of St. Francis of the United States Province and in her 83rd year of profession, died on Friday, September 18, 2015, at Mount Assisi Convent Motherhouse in Bellevue, Pa. She was 98.

Sister Anna Catherine entered the community from St. Michael Church in New Castle, Pa., in 1930 and professed her first vows in 1933 at Mount Assisi Convent in Pittsburgh, Pa. She received a Bachelor of Arts from Carlow University in Pittsburgh, majoring in English and minoring in History and Latin; and a Master of Arts in Education from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, majoring in History and minoring in Government. She also studied Economics at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh; Economics/International Relations at Penn State and the University of Pittsburgh; Conversational Spanish at the University of Mexico and San Antonio College, both in San Antonio, Texas.

Sister Anna Catherine taught the middle grades for nine years in parishes where our sisters ministered and then spent 13 years teaching Social Studies and Latin at Mount Assisi Academy in Bellevue, Pa. She spent one year in the history department of La Roche College in Allison Park, Pa., followed by three years as a missionary in Chile, South America during the 1973 Chilean coup d'etat, teaching in grade schools operated by the community. After she returned from Chile she taught Religion, English and History in St. Francis Academy in San Antonio, Texas for 12 years and then was assigned to St. Frances Cabrini in Center Township, Pa. for her skills in clerical services. 

Among her many talents, Sister Anna Catherine was well versed in the Czech and Slovak languages and, after the fall of Communism, was asked to teach English to the sisters in the Czech and Slovak Republics from 1991 to 1993 and later spent one year at the Generalate of the School Sisters of St. Francis in Rome, Italy as a translator. In 1995, at the age of 79, Sister Anna Catherine retired at Mount Assisi Convent and made herself available for community services.  During her free time she collected needed items for the missions and packed and sent them worldwide. Among her skills of learning and speaking languages, she entertained the sisters during meals with many jokes and stories. Her memory was a gift for anyone who needed to know something from the past.Sister Anna Catherine was the daughter of the late John and Katerina (Badurik) Melichar and was preceded in death by her four brothers: John, Cyril, Francis and Joseph, and five sisters: Josephine Carofino, Frances Melichar, Mary Restuccio, Catherine Melichar and Sister Julie Melichar who was a member of the School Sisters of St. Francis. She is survived by her religious community and her nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.                                            

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