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Bridget Greene, CSJP (1926 - 2016)


Bridget Teresa Greene, born on April 24,1926 in Carrigaholt, County Clare, Ireland, was the second of nine children of Catherine and Matthew Greene. Bridget had seven brothers: Anthony, Patrick, John, Matthew, Michael, Benignus and Andrew. She had one sister, Myra, who died in infancy. Bridget attended the Moveen National School in Carrigaholt. When she was 18, and starting to discern a religious vocation, Bridget spoke to her cousin, Sr. Wilfred Mahoney, a Sister of St. Joseph of Peace from New Jersey. In October, 1944, Bridget was accepted as an Aspirant at Mt. St. Joseph's in Cabra, Newry, Count Down, Northern Ireland. In November, 1946, she traveled to the United States to enter the postulancy program for the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey. On February 2,1947, Bridget received the religious habit and was given the name Sister Mary Christopher. Her two - year novitiate training continued, and on February 2,1949, Sister Christopher pronounced her First Vows.

Sr. Christopher's assignments, for two years after her First Profession, were to general housekeeping duties at St. Joseph Home for Girls in Jersey City and the Barbara Givernaud Orphanage in North Bergen, NJ. The year 1951 was the start for Sr. Christopher of 30 years in the ministry of Education. After teaching for ten years in New Jersey parish schools, Sr. Christopher's teaching assignments were transferred to California. Since five of her Irish brothers were now living in this State, Sr. Christopher was very pleased with this change. She served in California parish schools until 1982 when she returned to New Jersey. At this time Sr. Christopher returned to her baptismal name Bridget. She also changed to health care ministry for three years. In 1985, Sr. Bridget returned to Education by teaching Inner City children for six years in San Antonio, Texas. The pastor of the parish , Father Grizzelle-Reid, wrote: "Sister Bridget is a blessing to all of us, especially the children who need special attention, in her own quiet, resourceful way, she brings out the best in children. I was very happy with her. " In 1991, Sr. Bridget moved to the Villa Marie Claire in Saddle River, NJ. She joined the Sisters there caring for the senior citizens until 2003 when she suffered a serious stroke. Sr. Bridget was then moved to the Infirmary at St. Michael's Villa in Englewood Cliffs, NJ
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Sr. Bridget died on December 2, 2016. Her funeral Mass was offered at St. Michael's by Fr.
James McDonald, Chaplain. Sr. Bridget was buried in Holy Cross Cemetery in North Arlington, NJ. She was survived by her five brothers: Anthony, Patrick, Matthew, Benignus, Andrew and their families.

Bridget Greene, CSJP (1926 - 2016)

"Life and prayer are intertwined, because the natural thing to do is to talk to God, to pray. Nothing is compartmentalized. "

Margaret Dove, CSJP