Sister Colette Bermingham
1932 – 2019
Born: 9th October 1932
Entered Religious Life: 26th June 1953
Died: 10th October 2019
Born in Carlow, on 9th October 1932 Colette was the daughter of Edward Bermingham and Teresa Murphy. Colette entered the Religious Sisters of Charity in Milltown on the 2nd June 1953 and was received into the Novitiate on the 19th January 1954, receiving the name Mary Andrew. Following her profession on the 20th January 1956, Sr. Colette trained as a teacher and for the next twenty years taught in California at Los Alamitos, Garden Grove, San Clemente, Santa Monica and Marycrest. In 1977 Colette returned to Dublin to work on the Cause of our Foundress and the redrafting of our Constitutions. On completion of this work Colette returned to teaching in Roma, Zambia, for two years and then to St. Anne’s Milltown for six years. Appointed Local Leader of St. Vincent’s Community, Cork, in 1991 Colette was Director of Services in the Centre there and Chairperson of the Board of Management of the Primary School. From 1999-2005 she lived in Providence community in Merrion and from 2005-2009 was the Local Leader in Naomh Bríd community.
Colette had great regard for Ignatian Spirituality and devoted the latter years of her life to prayer ministry in Parishes and at Knock Shrine. She was invited into many schools to give retreats. Colette had good rapport with her pupils and they appreciated her openness to their questions.
Colette spent her retirement years at Ard Mhuire and had responsibility for the Sacristy at the Hospice Chapel preparing the Chapel for Funerals and Feasts and supplying for the volunteer lay sacristans as required. In addition she was a Director on the Board of St. Patrick’s Guild and St. Vincent’s Centre, Cork.
In January 2017 Colette fell and broke her shoulder and hip; following surgery she needed full time care. This she accepted with courage and good humour and continued to be an inspiration to the staff, volunteers and all who visited her in Anna Gaynor House, Harold’s Cross. Colette died peacefully on 10th October 2019 and is buried in the Community cemetery at Donnybrook.