Sister Bridget McGoldrick, OSF, 82, (formerly Sister Camillus) died in Assisi House on December 5 in Aston, Pennsylvania. She had been a professed member of the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia for 61 years.
Sister Bridget was born in Prucklish, Newtownforbes, Longford, where she was a member of St. Mary Parish and a graduate of Our Lady of Mercy Convent School. She entered the congregation in 1948 and professed her first vows in 1951. Her sister, Sister Bernadette McGoldrick, also entered the congregation. Sister Bridget earned a B.S. in English from Mt. St. Mary University in Emmitsburg, Maryland. She ministered primarily in elementary education and in healthcare.
Sister Bridget began her years in ministry in the Archdiocese of Baltimore where she served for 21 years. She taught at St. Anthony School (1951-1954); St. Clement School, Rosedale (1957-1967); St. Joseph School, Fullerton (1972-1975); and St. Elizabeth School (1975-1980).
Sister Bridget ministered for 14 years in the Diocese of Charleston where she taught at St. Joseph School in Anderson (1967-1972) and Our Lady of Peace School, North Augusta (1980-1989). She also taught for three years in the Archdiocese of Washington, serving at Our Lady of Lourdes School, Bethesda (1954-1957).
In 1989 Sister Bridget moved to the Diocese of Wilmington and began ministering in healthcare. From 1989-2002 she worked at St. Francis Hospital as the coordinator of ER volunteers and a patient liaison. She continued to volunteer at the hospital from 2002-2005 and again from 2006-2008.
From 2008-2012 she volunteered at the Franciscan Health Care Center in Hockessin.
During those same years, she volunteered at Assisi House, the congregation’s retirement residence in Aston. In October, she moved to Assisi House and served in prayer ministry until her death.
A Christian Wake Service was held in Assisi House, 600 Red Hill Road, Aston, on Monday, December 10 last. Mass of Christian Burial was held in Our Lady of Angels Cemetery in Aston.
In addition to Sister Bernadette is survived by her sisters, Sister Carmella McGoldrick, Winnifred Mulligan, Josephine Campbell, Elizabeth Bisset, and Pauline Kellegher; her brother Thomas McGoldrick; her nieces and nephews; and her Franciscan family.
Donations in her name can be made to the Sisters of St. Francis Foundation, 609 S. Convent Road, Aston, PA 19014.