September 22, 2016
6:00pm - 7:00pm with a Funeral Vigil at 7:00pm
September 22, 2016
September 23, 2016
Sr. Gertrude Connolly went to meet her Beloved on September 21, 2016. Sister Gertrude was born in County Roscommon, Ireland on December 6, 1926. She was the eldest of five children. She received her primary, secondary, and college education in Ireland. In 1980 she graduated from the University of San Francisco with an M.A. in Religious Studies. She became an American citizen on August 1, 1985.
On October 3, 1945 she entered the Congregation of Presentation Sisters in the Diocese of Kildare and Leighlin. She made her profession of vows on September 6, 1948, in Mount St. Anne’s, Killenard, Portarlington, County Laois, Ireland. For the next 20 years she was committed to primary school education as teacher and principal. In 1968 she was elected to the office of General Administration of the Presentation Sisters in the diocese of Kildare and Leighlin. She was the chairperson of the Central Coordinating Committee for the formation of a worldwide Union of Presentation Sisters – which was formed in 1976. In April 1977 she arrived in the St. Adelaide’s Convent, Highland, CA where she was the coordinator of the Religious Education Program, taught in St. Adelaide School and worked as a volunteer at Patton State Prison Hospital. During the following years she ministered as Pastoral Associate for Adult Education at St. Robert’s Church, San Bruno, CA and in St. John’s Parish, San Lorenzo, CA. In 2012 when she became aware of the Fusion of the Congregation of Presentation Sisters Fargo and the Congregation of Union of Sisters of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, she moved to Fargo, ND.
Sr. Gertrude is preceded in death by her parents Margaret Earley and Martin Connolly; her brother, John and sisters Clare and Frances. She is survived by her sister, Catherine and brother in law, Chris, numerous nieces and nephews and her Presentation family.
Visitation: 6:00 PM Thursday, September 22, followed by wake service at 7:00 PM at Sacred Heart Convent Chapel, Fargo, ND.
Mass of Christian Burial: 10:00 AM Friday, September 23, at Sacred Heart Convent Chapel, Fargo, ND.