Sister Bridget Ann Henderson BVM
Sister Bridget Ann Henderson, BVM, 85, died Oct. 4, 2013, at Caritas Center, Dubuque, IA. Visitation is 9–11 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 23 in Marian Hall Chapel, Dubuque, followed by a prayer service at 11 a.m. Funeral liturgy will be at 1:30 p.m. Burial will be in Mount Carmel Cemetery, Dubuque. Hoffmann-Schneider Funeral Home, Dubuque, is in charge of arrangements.
Sister Bridget Ann obtained a Doctorate in Education and was an elementary school teacher and administrator in Pasadena, Tujunga and Los Angeles, Calif.; Phoenix, Ariz.; and Lincoln and Chicago, Ill. She served in parish ministry in Chandler, Ariz., and as director — Religious Education at St. George Parish in Newnan.
In the Archdiocese of Atlanta she served St. George Parish in Newnan from 1994 to 2005 and started the pre-school program that continues to this day. In September 1998, construction of a new parish hall was completed. Dedicated in her honor, Henderson Hall houses classrooms, meeting rooms, parish offices and a 24-hour chapel.
She was born Sept. 17, 1928, in Chicago, Ill., to John Joseph and Ann Elizabeth Connolly Henderson. She entered the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary congregation from Help of Christians Parish, Chicago, Sept. 8, 1946. She professed first vows on March 19, 1949, and final vows on Aug. 15, 1954.
She was preceded in death by her parents and sister Mary Zerblis. She is survived by niece, Bernie Parks, Newnan, Ga.; nephew, Jack Zerblis, Conyers, Ga.; and their families; and the Sisters of Charity, BVM, with whom she shared life for 67 years.
A local Memorial Mass will be held Friday, Oct. 25 at 6 p.m. at St. George Catholic Church on Roscoe Road in Newnan with Father Henry officiating.
If there were a creation of God destined to do His work, her name would be Bridget Ann Henderson. We were blessed to know her, to love her, to hear her lively stories, to experience her Irish humor, to witness her selflessness, her humbleness, her gentle spirit, and her total love of God. She gave us all so much and when asked what we could do in return, Sister would look over the rim of her glasses, smile that warm smile of hers and simply say, “Please pray for me.” What an example she was for us — not only doing God’s work but truly living His word.
Sister Bridget will always be in our hearts and in our thoughts. As our Lord called His faithful servant home, He lovingly embraced and greeted her, “Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things. I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness.” (Matthew 25:23)
Memorials may be made to the Sisters of Charity, BVM Support Fund, 1100 Carmel Drive, Dubuque, Iowa 52003, or online at www.bvmcong.org/whatsnewobits.cfm.