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296 Isabella Street
Pembroke, ON K8A 5S9
Phone: 613-735-5711
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Sister Elizabeth Berrigan CSJ

Sister Elizabeth "Sister Mary of Lourdes" Berrigan CSJ

Friday, December 14th, 1934 - Thursday, March 5th, 2020
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Sister Betty passed away suddenly as a result of an accident on March 5th, 2020. She was in her 67thyear of Religious Life as a Sister of St. Joseph in Canada, Pembroke Neighbourhood. Sister was born in Timmins, Ontario, a daughter of the late M. J. and Viola (Sullivan).

Left to celebrate her precious life among us are her Sisters in the Congregation, her sister Joanne O’Gorman, her sister-in-law Cecile,and many nieces and nephews. She is predeceased by her sister Eleta Crook and brothers Brian and Michael.

In the early days as a Sister, Sister Betty was a dedicated teacher in various schools in Petawawa, Pembroke, Barry’s Bay, Douglas, Renfrew, Mount St. Patrick and Sheenboro, Quebec. She assisted with the ‘formation’ and training program for young women entering the convent and went to live in Peru to help establish a program for young women there as well. She obtained her Masters’ Degree in Spirituality and was very successful in her calling as a ‘Spiritual Director’ at Stillpoint House of Prayer, located in Burnstown, Ontario. Stillpoint would be her home for the next twenty years, until herretirement last year. Sister Betty held positions of General Superior and Assistant to the General Superior for her Congregation. She was a great supporter of the annual Fiddle Contest held every year in Pembroke at Riverside Park. Anyone who met Sister Betty was always captivated by her soft, compassionate voice and her love of nature and protection of the environment.She had just begun the next phase of her life, moving into Supples Retirement residence in Pembroke. Her tragic passing is mourned by her Sisters who had joined her in this brave transition after the closing of the St. Joseph’sMotherhouse in Pembroke. Sister Betty lived her life being faithful and open to meeting Christ in all those with whom she encountered. Thus this maxim speaks to that Spirit - “Whatever you do for the dear neighbor, do it with the same feeling of devotion and of charity as if you were doing it for the very person of Jesus Christ.” (Maxim 49/from the writings of Fr. Medaille)

Visitation will be at the MURPHY FUNERAL HOME, 296 Isabella Street, Pembroke from 2-4 and 6-8:30 pm on Tuesday, March 10th, with a prayer service at 7:00 p.m. A funeral Liturgy will be celebrated on Wednesday, March 11th at the Church of the Most Holy Name of Jesus, Pembroke at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations would be appreciated for the Peru Mission or Stillpoint House of Prayer.
Interment - St. Columba's Cemetery, Pembroke.
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  • Visitation

    Tuesday, March 10th, 2020 | 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    Tuesday, March 10th, 2020 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    Murphy Funeral Home
    296 Isabella Street
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  • Second Visitation

    Tuesday, March 10th, 2020 | 6:00pm - 8:30pm
    Tuesday, March 10th, 2020 6:00pm - 8:30pm
    Murphy Funeral Home
    296 Isabella Street
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  • Service

    Wednesday, March 11th, 2020 | 11:00am
    Wednesday, March 11th, 2020 11:00am
    Most Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church
    284 Trafalgar Road
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    Rev. Fr. Pat Blake
  • Interment

    St. Columba's Cemetery,
    Bruham Avenue and TV Tower Road
    Laurentian Valley, ON K8A 6W5
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Posted at 11:46am
My deep condolences to all the Berrigan clan and especially Joanne , a very great loss of a warm and cheerful family member.
T o the Sisters of St Joseph sorry for your loss , a great calm soul in heaven .
Prayers for all . Will light a candle out here . Lynn (Muriel Berrigan's daughter) Furman

Anne English

Posted at 10:40am
My sincere condolences to Sister Betty’s Sisters of St Joseph and to the Berrigan family!
My love and prayers are with you all at this sad time! May all your memories be of consolation!
May she rest now in the peace and love of her God!

Karen Caughey

Posted at 07:17pm
Dear Sister of St. Joseph
Please accept my sincerest condolences on the passing of Sister Betty. She was such a nice person, and usually smiling when I'd meet her in the hall way. She is home now, in the loving arms of our Lord. I am sending angels to comfort each and every one of you.

Ann Poirier

Posted at 01:34pm
Dear Joanne, Cecile her nieces and nephews and all of Sr. Betty’s Sisters: I was so sad to hear of Sr. Betty’s death. Although I did not see her often as an adult since I live a long distance away now, she always made a big fuss about me and wanted to know everything about me when we did cross paths. She was so kind and gentle. She is a big part of my memories of growing up and visiting Aunt Viola and all the rest of the Berrigans. I am thinking of her and you.

Brenda Anne Reid

Posted at 09:51pm
I have always cherished the years that Sister Betty (At the time, Sr. Mary of Lourdes.) taught me at Holy Name School. She took over my grade 4 class partway in the year and then I couldn't believe that she was my teacher again in grade 5.

Because I love music so much, we had an immediate bond. Last June when I was at the Motherhouse, we had a great chat and she asked me if I remembered accompanying her to the Music Festival. At the time, the sisters needed someone with them when they were walking about town. She was so pleased when I told her that I have always cherished the time walking to the festival and at the
time, I felt that I was the luckiest student at Holy Name.

You will be missed by everyone who ever had the privilege of meeting you.
Rest in peace.
Brenda Reid

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