Sr. Marie Fidelis Donnelly, RSM

  • Died: April 3, 2017
  • Location: Merion Station, Pennsylvania

D'Anjolell Memorial Home of Broomall

2811 West Chester Pike
Broomall, PA 19008
Tel. (610) 356-4200

Tribute & Message From The Family

Formerly Alice E. Donnelly

Sister Marie Fidelis 1926- 2017

Sister Marie Fidelis (Alice Elizabeth Donnelly), teacher and Parish Minister, age 90, died peacefully on April 3, at McAuley Convent, Merion, Pennsylvania. She professed her vows as a Sister of Mercy in 1950.

She was raised in Philadelphia, with her two sisters and three brothers by her parents, Anne and James Donnelly. She was preceded in death by her brothers,Edward, James and John and by her sisters, Anne Marie and Frances. In addition to her religious community, Sister Marie Fidelis is survived by many loving and devoted nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.

Sister Marie Fidelis earned a degree in Education from Villanova University. She taught in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, in Miami, Camden, NJ and Richmond, Virginia. Sister's favorite ministry was with the parishioner of St. Raymond Parish in Philadelphia. She served as school librarian and loved her work with the poor and elderly of the parish where she ministered for thirty years.

Her life as a Sister of Mercy, her family, and her health were counted among her many blessings. Her family and her friends were looking forward to celebrating her 70 years as a Sister of Mercy this year. She had a special devotion to the Blessed Mother and her favorite prayer was the Hail Mary. Sister will be remembered for her prayerfulness, her patient acceptance of suffering and her gentle nature.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a viewing at I0:00 AM, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 AM at the Convent of Mercy in Merion, PA on Saturday, April 8, 2017. Burial will follow immediately in the Community Cemetery.

Contribution in her memory may be sent to the Sisters of Mercy of the Mid-Atlantic Community at Merion, PA.


Condolence & Memory Journal

I am so grateful to have been able to have spent time with you at St Raymond.You blessed everyone you came in contact with. Michael Vischer

Posted by Michael Vischer - Phila., PA - Student   April 07, 2017

Your kindness, sense of humor and your gentle spirit, Aunt Betty, made me want to be a better person. I will miss you. Please tell the family hello from me.
I love you,
Mary Linda Donnelly Dumont

Posted by Mary Linda Dumont - West Chester, PA - Family   April 06, 2017

My family sends our sincere condolences for your loss. May happy memories of your loved one and the words of Isaiah 57:15 provide you with much comfort.

Posted by Green Family    April 06, 2017

My sincere condolences to the family. May the God who binds up the brokenhearted and comforts all who mourn, sustain your family during this difficult time - Isaiah 61:1, 2.

Posted by Mrs. Lynch - Bear, DE   April 06, 2017

It can be so hard to face the first year without your loved one, but the love of family and friends can carry you through.

Posted by C. Miller    April 06, 2017

I am grateful to have known Sister at Saint Raymonds.

Posted by Charles Keenan - Philadelphia, PA - Friend   April 06, 2017

My heartfelt condolences to family and friends. Marie has certainly lived a life of wisdom, having so many wonderful experiences to relate. May you have many good memories of Marie to comfort you at this time. Psalm 86:17

Posted by Ms Sandra, - Tampa   April 06, 2017

You gave me so much strength during difficult times, you were always a part of our family, even when I was far away. My dad, your brother always turned to you for comfort and knew you would be there! We have been so lucky to have you as a part of our lives and I will always remember your "gentle" Donnelly humor! Love you Aunt Betty!

Posted by Marianne Nardandrea - ormond beach, FL - Family   April 05, 2017


Such a sweet person. Always pleasant with a kind word to share.

Posted by Linda Lark - Philadelphia, PA - Friend   April 05, 2017

Sr. Fidelis was such a sweet and gentle person. God's riches blessings be upon her. Rest in peace

Posted by Ella Cooper - Philadelphia, PA - Coworker   April 05, 2017

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