Sister Augustine Marie Molnar, SSCJ, age 43, a professed Sister of the Congregation of Sister Servants of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, entered into eternal life unexpectedly on Saturday morning, November 18, 2023, in Jefferson Township, Pennsylvania, from injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident. Sister was currently stationed with the Community of Saint Maximillian Kolbe at the Congregations Province House in Cresson, Pennsylvania.
Sister Augustine Marie was born Georganne Naomi Molnar in Harrisburg on May 12, 1980, to the late George E. Molnar and Naomi (Young) Molnar, formerly of Newport, Pennsylvania.
Raised in Newport, Sister Augustine Marie was a former member of Saint Bernard’s Church, New Bloomfield. She was a graduate of Newport Junior-Senior High School, Class of 1998 and, following high school, she went on to further her education at Misericordia University, Dallas, Pennsylvania, where, in 2003, she was a magna cum laude graduate obtaining two degrees – a Bachelor of Arts in Health Sciences and a Master’s of Science in Physical Therapy. She later went on to receive her licensure in Personal Care Home Administration through Temple University.
Sister Augustine Marie entered the Congregation of Sister Servants of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus on September 8, 2012, and made her first profession of religious vows on March 19, 2017. She was presently in Juniorate, faithfully preparing herself to make her perpetual profession of vows.
At the time of her passing, Sister Augustine Marie was serving as a physical therapist, aide, and overall support staff member for her Congregations personal care home, John Paul II Manor, Cresson. She was also currently serving as a religious education teacher at All Saints Catholic School, Cresson, and had formerly served in the same capacity at Saint Michael’s School, Loretto. Sister had also formerly served as music director for Saint Francis Xavier Church, Cresson, where she was a proficient organist, pianist, and trumpeter.
Sister loved bringing healing through her skills as a physical therapist, and sharing the truths of the faith with youth in Catholic schools, through catechesis, youth ministry, and living out the virtues of faith, hope, and love.
In addition to her parents, George and Naomi, Sister Augustine Marie was preceded in death by her paternal grandparents, Louis and Catherine Molnar; and her maternal grandparents, Charles and Lenora Bloom.
Sister Augustine Marie is survived by her religious Sisters of her Congregation, as well as her sister, Katrina Molnar-Dietz and her husband, Ronald Dietz, of Newport; her brother, Charles Molnar and his wife, Nicole, Harrisburg; her much loved four nieces, Katelynn, Karolynn, Kristianna, and Emerson; her much loved nephew, Corban; her aunts, uncles, cousins, and extended family members.
Vigil Rites for Sister Augustine Marie will be held on Sunday, November 26, 2023, at Saint Francis Xavier Church, 211 Powell Avenue, Cresson, beginning with the Rite of Reception at 3:00 PM, with the Reverend Father Leo F. Arnone, officiating. Viewing hours will follow until 6:00 PM.
Funeral services for Sister Augustine Marie will begin on Monday morning, November 27, 2023, with a second viewing from 9:45 to 10:45 AM, in Saint Francis Xavier Church, 211 Powell Avenue, Cresson. At 10:45 AM, the Rosary will be recited by her fellow Religious Sisters and the members of the Lazarus Ministry of the church. A con-celebrated Funeral Mass will commence at 11:30 AM. The Most Reverend Mark L. Bartchak, JCD, Bishop of Altoona-Johnstown, will be the Celebrant. The Reverend Father Leo F. Arnone, Pastor, will con-celebrate along with other visiting clergy, and the Reverend Father Robert F. Sharman, Pastor of her home Parish, will serve as Homilist.
Committal will be in Saint Francis Xavier Cemetery, Cresson, where she will be laid to rest alongside her fellow departed Sisters.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Sister Augustine Marie’s memory to John Paul II Manor, 856 Cambria Street, Cresson, PA 16630.