Dominican Sister of Peace Michael Brigid (Joan Theresa) Driscoll, OP, (87), a native of Somerville, Massachusetts, died on June 2, 2021, at Sansbury Care Center, St. Catharine, Kentucky.
Sister Michael Brigid, one of four children, was born in 1934 to Brigid Murphy and Michael Driscoll. After studying for one year at Rosary Academy in Watertown, she chose to leave home to enter religious life in 1951. Sister Michael Brigid made her first profession in 1953 and perpetual profession in 1956, taking her parents’ names as her religious name as a sign of her love and respect. She was a Dominican Sister for 67 years.
Sr. Michael Brigid’s first ministry was caring for her Sisters in the infirmary at the St. Catharine Motherhouse. Her kindness was appreciated by those in her care.
Sr. Michael Brigid earned a BS in Education with a minor in English from Siena College in Memphis in 1972. She ministered as an educator for primary school students in Kentucky, Massachusetts, Ohio, Tennessee, and West Virginia for more than 40 years. She was also served as principal at St. Mel Day School in Gloucester, MA. She was dedicated to instilling each of her students with a love of learning as well as love for God.
Sr. Michael Brigid served her Congregation as Plant Manager at Rosary Manor, where our Sisters founded more than 20 ministries, including schools, community outreach, and an ecology center at Crystal Spring.
In 2017, Sr. Michael Brigid moved to Sansbury Care Center (St. Catharine, KY), where she began a ministry of prayer and presence.
In her preaching at Sr. Michael’s service, Sr. Eleanor Fabrizi remembered her as a woman deeply devoted to Mary and to the Rosary, who found sacred time with God wherever she was. She also spoke of the many, many children and families who were touched by Sr. Michael’s four decades of ministry as an educator,
Sr. Michael Brigid is survived by one sister Margaret (Peggy) Riley, as well as several nieces and nephews.
Visitation and funeral services at Sansbury Care Center Chapel were held on June 14 and 15. Sr. Michael Brigid was buried in the St. Catharine Motherhouse cemetery.
Memorial gifts in Sr. Michael Brigid’s memory may be sent to Dominican Sisters of Peace, Office of Mission Advancement, 2320 Airport Dr., Columbus, OH 43219-2098.
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