Sister Mary Amata Shina, 91, a member of the School Sisters of St. Francis of the United States Province, died on October 26, 2022, at Monocacy Manor. She was a daughter of the late Joseph T. and Anna (Budias) Shina.
Sister Amata entered the community in 1947 from Blessed Virgin Mary Church in Northampton. She professed her first vows in 1948 and made her Final Profession in 1953 at Mount Assisi Convent, Pittsburgh. She was in her religious profession for 74 years. She earned a bachelor’s degree in secondary education and a master’s degree in English literature from Seton Hall University, South Orange, New Jersey.
She taught at middle and junior high schools and at parish schools in Emmaus and elsewhere. She taught English at St. Francis Academy where she was a principal from 1967 to 1978. She ministered in Hellertown and at Central Catholic High School, Allentown. She then returned to the provincialate at Monocacy Manor, where she was director of ministry for the Sisters. She then spent 21 years at the Catholic Community of St. Matthias, Somerset, N.J., as a school principal and later as pastoral administrator for the parish.
While in active ministry, Sister Amata was recognized for her innovative vision in education and, during her years as principal, received numerous awards and recognitions. Her assistance in receiving tuition grants and the attentiveness and compassion she gave to the students and their families will always be remembered.
She is survived by a sister, Sister M. Rosaria Shina; and her religious community.
In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by two brothers, Joseph and Edward; and a sister, Sister Sophie Shina, MSC (Missionary Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart).
Contributions may be made to the School Sisters of St. Francis - Antonia Lampel Scholarship Fund, 395 Bridle Path Rd., Bethlehem, PA 18017.
Arrangements were made by Connell Funeral Home Inc., Bethlehem.