Sister Bridget Mortimer
1924 - 2019
Born: 16th July 1924
Entered Religious Life: 8th September 1942
Died: 8th November 2019
The following is part of the introduction given at Sr Bridget’s Funeral Mass by Sr Rosaleen Crossan RSC.
It is my privilege today to say a few words about Sr Bridget.
Sr Bridget was born in 1924 and she entered the Sisters of Charity in 1942 at the age of 18 and spent 77 years as a very dedicated Sister of Charity. From day one Bridget was noted for her deep faith which was simple and trusting but very strong. Bridget had three great loves – the Sacred Heart, Our Lady and Padre Pio. Blessed John Sullivan was also one of her favourites.
At the core of Bridget’s spirituality was the Mass and the rosary. She never left the rosary out of her hands and even at night she didn’t settle if she didn’t have her rosary.
A Sister who worked many years with Bridget remarked that Bridget never could see anything bad in anyone and she was never heard to criticize, complain or show resentment. Never did she allow life to ruffle her – she kept her peace and accepted calmly whatever life presented.
Like a true daughter of Mary Aikenhead, Bridget had a special love for the poor – she always wanted to give them the very best of everything and she also befriended them and saw them as individuals.
A Sister who worked with Bridget in St Monica’s a number of years ago told me that she and Bridget attended a concert in Mountjoy Jail. Bridget spotted a young African prisoner who sat alone at the back of the hall. She spoke with him – his name was Moses – and from that time on they both visited him regularly for five years until he was deported. That is a measure of Bridget’s large-heartedness and her love for those in need.
Bridget came from a large family and she had a very deep love for them and they for her. They visited her regularly and she fondly displayed their photos in her room.
Bridget’s outstanding quality was her hospitality and generosity. Being in charge of the kitchen in earlier days she often laid aside treats for young sisters who were in College studying. No matter who called at the door or visited they were invariably invited to tea.
Bridget was always grateful for any little service done for her and she would always say, “God bless you”, “God bless you”.
Last Sunday I brought Holy Communion to Bridget up in the Mater. When we had prayed a little, I said to her, “Bridget, Jesus is with you” and she said, “Night and Day”. It was good to know that she had this constant sense of God’s presence with her.
When reflecting on Bridget’s qualities these last few days I realized that had I the scripture passage from St Paul’s 1st Letter to the Corinthians, chapter 13 and I could tick off all the boxes for Bridget: Love is always patient and kind, it is never jealous, boastful nor resentful, it does not take offence. It is ready to excuse to trust and to endure whatever comes …
Sr Bridget we are sure that you are now in the fulness of that eternal love and we ask you today to remember us as we journey onwards to join you in our eternal home.