Bridgid Clifford, SCN

Posted by Spalding Hurst

September 9, 2015

bridgidcliffordBridgid Clifford, SCN, formerly Sister Sarah Clifford, 78, a native of Chillicothe, Ohio, died at University Hospital, Louisville, on Sunday morning, September 6, 2015. She had been a professed Sister of Charity of Nazareth for 51 years.

Sister Bridgid served in elementary education at St. Joseph School, Bardstown; at St. Gabriel School, Fern Creek; and at St. Augustine and Holy Name Schools in Louisville. Sister served at Spalding College, now Spalding University, as Director of Admissions, and as Counselor and Dean of Student Affairs. Sister served as Provincial Secretary and Associate Regional in the Louisville Region; at Catherine Spalding Center, Nazareth and Maria Hall/Nazareth Home, Louisville in Community Service. Sister Bridgid served as Vice President and Treasurer of the SCN Congregation from 1993-98. After leaving office, Sister served from 1998-2009 in Community Service in the Motherhouse Archival Center. In retirement, Sister served in the Apostolate of Prayer.

Survivors include one sister, Mary Clifford Karalexis of Weymouth, Massachusetts; one sister-in-law, Francine Fitzgerald Clifford of Lancaster, Ohio; her SCN companion of many years, Carol Rogers, SCN; nieces and nephews, and her religious community.

The Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Thursday, September 10, 2015, at 10:30 a.m. in St. Vincent Church, Nazareth, followed by burial in Nazareth Cemetery.

Visitation was held on Wednesday, September 9, 2015, after 4 p.m. in St. Vincent Church, Nazareth, Kentucky with a prayer service at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday evening.

Funeral Arrangements are being handled by Ratterman Funeral Home, 3800 Bardstown Road, Louisville, Ky. Memorials may be made to Office of Congregational Advancement, P.O. Box 9, Nazareth, Ky. 40048.


  1. Joyce Gadoua, CSJ

    I regret I am so late in discovering Bridgid’s passing over to new life. It has been a year of recovery for me, however much that excuse falters. I met Sister Bridgid at St. Mary of the Woods College in Indiana in the early ’90s when and where she was taking a three month learning sabbatical in Geriatrics. I recall her kindness, her total presence to me in many a conversation, such that her focus was so intent as if I were the only person in the world. I enjoyed her fun loving spirit, and her humility seemed unmatched. At the time, and more so now, as I have read her obituary, I had no knowledge of all the positions she held in community. She might have been God’s humble title-less ambassador of good will sent to me, for all I knew. I was not in that program, but I assigned myself to the company of this great and notorious fun loving class of which Bridge was very much a part. We wrote to each other for years, and I had the privilege of seeing her and Sister Carol at your Motherhouse a few years back. Both of your sisters were most gracious to me and a friend who accompanied me. If by chance, Sister Carol Rogers is still there, please extend my deepest sympathy, however late.

  2. Linda Lander

    Sister Bridgid was truly a treasure. She will continue to be present in the hearts of all who knew her. Her gracious welcome and warm affection always made visits more personal. The gentle kindness and hospitality she provided during a 2007 funeral at Nazareth is remembered as a gift of thoughtfulness. I treasure all the times we shared together. I will miss her gentle manner, delightful smile, and charming sense of humor. My deepest sympathy to the SCN community, Carol Rogers SCN and Sr. Bridgid’s family, whom she dearly loved. May cherished memories bring moments of comfort. May the peace of God surround grieving hearts.

    Linda Lander, Bowling Green, OH

  3. Jennifer Healy

    So sorry to hear of Bridgid’s passing. I was a neighbor to Ann in Ohio and our family enjoyed when Bridgid and Carol would visit. It was great to see Bridgid at Stephanie’s wedding.

    Our sympathy and prayers to all.

    The Healy family


Leave a Reply to Linda Lander Cancel reply

Your email address will not be published.

You May Also Like…

Chattanooga SCNAs Remember Jerry McCrary

Chattanooga SCNAs Remember Jerry McCrary

Associate members in Chattanooga, Tennessee, gathered to remember Jerry McCrary. SCNAs Betsy Kammerdiener, Sarah Haddock, Pam Lawson, Lisa Harrison, Carol Newton, Jim O’Connell, Jackie Jackson, Karen Sloan, and Sister Alice O’Connell celebrated Jerry’s life at their monthly faith group gathering on July 19, 2022. Jerry passed away on May 21, 2021. “He is gone from our sight but always remains in our hearts,” says Karen.

Nazareth School Celebrates Grandparents

Nazareth School Celebrates Grandparents

Grandparents are the greatest treasures, founders, storytellers and keepers of the traditions in the family. Honoring these legends, Nazareth School, Banakal, celebrated Grandparents’ Day on July 26, 2022.