Sister Francis Gertrude Doherty
1923 – 2018
Born: 23rd August 1923
Entered Religious Life: 3rd October 1949
Died: 28th September 2018
Brigid Frances was born to Bridget (nee Cahill) and John Doherty of Cully, Curry, Co Sligo on the 23rd September, 1923. She had three brothers and four sisters. She entered the Religious Sisters of Charity in Milltown, Dublin on the 3rd October, 1949 and took the name Sr. Francis Gertrude. Her religious life was spent in England, Scotland and Ireland.
Her ministry was pastoral visitation and parish work which she carried out in her own quiet way but with a determination to make a difference to the lives of the people with whom she worked. There are many stories of her extraordinary kindness and ability to get things done. There was an elderly lady who was not included on the list for installation for electricity because her house was a bit distant from the other houses and this meant extra money to accommodate her. Sr. Francis Gertrude went to the Council and after much consultation and gentle persuasion the lady got her electricity.
Sr. Francis Gertrude ministered in Scotland and had a Solidarity for children and when she returned to Ireland she got lots of letters from her ‘wains’ who missed her very much. She had the ability to work with people. To her it did not matter whether they were young or old.
She spent some time in Clarinbridge and from there she visited her sister who was in a retirement home nearby. She was most faithful to her. At times her base was Knock and she was often seen praying in the Basilica. She became great friends with the people she stayed with and when she returned to Dublin and went back to visit her sister, the welcome she received was genuine and heartfelt. Probably her secret was that she took an interest in the other person much more than in her own interest.
She went to Loyola on the 2nd February, 2014 and settled in well She was most gracious and was very grateful for any help she got. If you offered her anything, she would generally tell you she would prefer if you had it yourself. While she was able, most of her time was spent in the oratory and she had a wonderful devotion to the Rosary and to Our Lady of Knock.
She had a beautiful smile and when you visited her you always came away in a happy mood. She was a true Sister of Charity. She died peacefully on the 28th September 2018. May she rest in peace.