Gwen McMahon, SCN

Posted by Kacie Emmerson

October 18, 2023

Gwen McMahon, SCN, 88, (formerly Sister Matthew) was born Sept.21, 1935, in Boston, Mass., to Edward Paul McMahon and Rose O’Brien McMahon. She died on Oct.11, 2023, in Nazareth, Ky. She was a professed Sister of Charity of Nazareth for 61 years.

Sister Gwen’s earliest ministries were in elementary education. She taught at St. Joseph School in Bardstown, Ky., and St. Pius X in Louisville, Ky. She served at Little Flower School and was Superintendent of Schools in Memphis, Tenn., and later as the Director of Continuing Education for the Verdean Community House in Roxbury, Mass.

Sister Gwen was the Administrator for Nazareth Home in Louisville from 1984 to 1991. She went on to work as a Crisis Counselor for the Salvation Army in Philadelphia, Pa., and later for the Salvation Army in Quincy, Mass.

The SCN Community benefitted from her leadership roles within the Congregation, including as the Co-Director of the Continuing Development Commission at Nazareth, the Community Supervisor for the Nashville Diocese, and later as Northern Regional in Quincy, Mass.

She is survived by her extended family and her religious community, the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth.

The Funeral Mass will be on Thursday, October 19, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Vincent Church, Nazareth, Ky. Burial will follow in the Nazareth Cemetery.

Funeral Arrangements are being handled by Houghlin Greenwell Funeral Home, 1475 New Shepherdsville Road, Bardstown, Ky. 40004. Memorials may be offered to the Office of Mission Advancement, P.O. Box 9, Nazareth, Ky., 40048.


  1. Antoinette Vano

    Sr. Gwen, I have always missed your sweet smile and gentle manner ~ and especially your wisdom. A special person in my memory.

  2. Patricia Willis

    I saddened about my loss but gladden that you are home with God at last. I will miss our phone calls, I just love hearing your voice and your advice. Our mothers/
    Godmothers and families must be delighted to have you with them. I will miss you but happy that you are at peace in the present of God.
    Patricia Willis

  3. Pat MacIsaac, SCNA

    Thank you Sr Gwen for your incredible works of service ! You will be missed by us all.
    Rest in God’s loving Arms !
    You are dearly loved!

  4. Susan Ballard SCNA

    What a beautiful tribute for Sr. Gwen. She will be missed.


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