Dominican Sister of Peace Mary Brigid (Florence Elizabeth) Gregory (92), died on February 8, 2020, at the Sansbury Care Center in St. Catharine, KY.
Sister Mary Brigid was born to Mary Rose Sheehy and Whitney Irwin of Louisville, KY, in 1927. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in English and Spanish from Spaulding College before entering the Congregation in 1948.
She earned her Master’s degree in English from DePaul University in Chicago, IL, and taught in Ohio, Kentucky, West Virginia, and Tennessee for almost 25 years.
In 1974, Sr. Mary Brigid answered a new call from God to serve the poor and marginalized. She worked with the Peace and Justice Centers in Louisville, KY, and in Memphis, TN, before beginning her work with the elderly and handicapped of Memphis.
Sr. Mary Brigid returned to Kentucky and to teaching in 1980, ministering as an English instructor at St. Catharine College, then serving her Congregation as the St. Catharine Motherhouse Coordinator and Coordinator of Residents.
Sr. Mary Brigid was an active and enthusiastic volunteer both in and out of her Congregation’s ministries, volunteering at St. Agnes Academy, St. Catharine College, and at the St. Catharine Motherhouse.
Speaking at the funeral, her dear friend Sr. Elaine DesRosiers made reference to the readings that Sr. Mary Brigid had chosen “From Isaiah: Fear not. I have called you by name, and you are mine. You are precious in my eyes and glorious, and I love you. She truly loved her calling to religious life.” Sr. Mary Brigid will celebrate her 70th Jubilee on March 7 with the God that she served so faithfully.
Sr. Mary Brigid is survived by several nieces and nephews.
A Vigil of Remembrance was held on February 12 at St. Catharine Hall, St. Catharine, KY. The funeral Mass was held on February 13 at St. Catharine Hall, and Sr. Mary Brigid was buried in the St. Catharine Motherhouse cemetery.
Memorial gifts in Sr. Mary Brigid’s memory may be sent to Dominican Sisters of Peace, Office of Mission Advancement, 2320 Airport Dr., Columbus, OH 43219-2098.
To view or download a printable copy of Sister Mary Brigids’s memorial, please click here.