Sister Margaret St. John Brocato, OSF, 92, died in Assisi House on Wednesday, October 14. She had been a professed member of the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia for 71 years. Sister Margaret St. John was born in Baltimore where she was a member of SS Philip and James Parish and a graduate of Seton High School. She entered the congregation in 1947 and professed her first vows in 1949. She later earned a BS in Education from Mt. St. Mary’s University in Emmitsburg and an MA in Administration from the Catholic University of America. Sister Margaret ministered primarily in elementary education as both teacher and principal.
During Sister Margaret’s 32 years in the Archdiocese of Baltimore, she taught at St. Clement School in Rosedale, St. Elizabeth School in Baltimore, and the Frederick Academy of the Visitation in Frederick. She also served as principal of Immaculate Conception School in Towson. In later years she volunteered at St. Joseph Medical Center in Towson.
During her 12 years in the Diocese of Wilmington, Sister Margaret St. John taught at St. Peter School in New Castle and St. John the Beloved School in Wilmington. During her 12 years in the Archdiocese of Washington, DC, she taught at Nativity School in Washington and served as principal at St. Bernadette School in Silver Spring.
In 1995 Sister Margaret St. John moved to Aston, Pennsylvania, where she volunteered at Assisi House, the congregation’s retirement residence. In 2016 she became a resident of Assisi House and served in prayer and hospitality ministry until her death.
All services will be held in Assisi House on Thursday, October 22 and will be private. Burial of cremated remains will be in Our Lady of Angels Cemetery in Aston. Sister Margaret St. John is survived by her brothers, John Brocato and Raymond Brocado; by her nieces, nephews, and cousins; and by her Franciscan family. Donations in her name can be made to the Sisters of St. Francis Foundation, 609 S. Convent Road, Aston, PA 19014.