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Sister Raphael Frank, OSB
April 29 1938-December 20, 2017

”Little did Sister Raphael Frank know the morning of December 20 that it would be her last; and as she presided at Morning Prayer without any visible signs of distress, neither did her Benedictine Sisters know that they were about to lose a valuable community member. Soon after morning prayer she began a rapid descent into unconsciousness as a massive, inoperable stroke claimed her body.  By evening she was embraced in the arms of God.  She was in the 60th year of her professed Benedictine life.

Born into a musical family, the 4th of five children born to Joseph and Edith Schroeder Frank, Alice grew up on Pittsburgh’s North Side, a member of Nativity Parish in Pittsburgh. She attended St. Benedict Academy and went on to earn her Bachelor and Master degrees in education. Most of her years of ministry were spent in classrooms in the Pittsburgh and Greensburg Dioceses as teacher of younger grades, as well as in religious education. Most recently she ministered as a volunteer at St. Richard Parish, St. Barnabas Nursing Home and Schellhaas Funeral Home.  In her Benedictine community she served for many years as Oblate Director and chapel work.

Soft-spoken, good-hearted, reserved, she lived simply and purposefully. She was artistic, musical and crafty, loved working with both young people and seniors. She had a gentle smile, and one of her greatest joys was spending time with her family.  A helpful person, she responded to community needs and lived with a Benedictine heart. She wants to be remembered as a faithful, dedicated Benedictine Sister, living the Benedictine charism to the best of her ability and gifts … in prayer, community and service.

Sister Raphael is survived by sisters:  Rita Nowak (Joseph) and Carol Puskar (Joseph); and one brother: Joe Frank (Sally) and their families, as well as nephew Greg Quatchak, son of Joan, a third sister who predeceased Sister Raphael.
Viewing will be at Saint Benedict Monastery, 3526 Bakerstown Rd, Bakerstown, PA:  Friday, December 22 from 2:00 – 5:00.  A vigil service will be held at 7:00. The Funeral will be Saturday, December 23 at 11:00 pm. 

Funeral arrangements are being handled by Kasper/Hahn Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Benedictine Sisters of Pittsburgh.


Dear Friends,

On November 28—Giving Tuesday—our community saw an outpouring of support that was truly incredible. During the 24-hour Give Big Pittsburgh campaign, 250 individuals made gifts to the Benedictine Sisters of Pittsburgh! This level of giving surpassed our highest hopes for any one day, and for that we want to say, “thank you!”

Many of the online gifts were accompanied by comments that made our day even more special.  Some of you recalled your favorite teacher, some posted encouraging words, while others thanked us for the work we do in the local community.  As we read through each one, we couldn’t help but smile! So, let me send a second “thank you” for your gift of kind words. You truly touched the heart of each Sister.

A third “thank you” is offered to the generous benefactor who provided the match pool for this campaign.  As you can see, your gift inspired many others to give.

Please know that we remember you all in prayer often. May your homes be filled with many blessings during this season of Advent


Sister Karen Brink, OSB



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