SISTER SUSAN MCGILLICUDDY
May 26, 2014
Sister Susan McGillicuddy, OSF, Sister Susan was born on September 17, 1939 in Philadelphia, Pa. She was received into the Congregation of the Franciscan Sisters of Allegany, NY, at St. Elizabeth Motherhouse on September 3, 1957 and professed her final religious vows on August 16, 1965.
Sister Susan attended grade school at Mater Misericordiae and Melrose Academy in Philadelphia, and at St. Francis Xavier in Fort Myers. She attended high school at Rosarian Academy in West Palm Beach, FL, graduating in 1957. After joining the Congregation, she attended St. Elizabeth Teacher's College (now part of St. Bonaventure University) in Allegany, NY, where she earned her B.S. in Education. Sister Susan pursued graduate studies at Sacred Heart College in Belmont, N.C., and St. Thomas University in Miami Beach, FL, where she earned her M.A. in Pastoral Ministries in 1988.
Sister Susan taught elementary education for many years in Congregational schools throughout Florida and Massachusetts. In 1981, she began ministering as a Pastoral Associate at St. Francis Hospital in Miami. Sister Susan would spend the remainder of her ministry in hospitals around Florida, serving as the Director of the Pastoral Care Department at St. Francis Hospital; as the Vice President for Mission Integration at St. Mary's Hospital in West Palm Beach, FL; and most recently serving in pastoral care and Eucharistic ministry at St. Anthony's Hospital in St. Petersburg, FL. In February 2014, Sister Susan was awarded the Helen D. Roberts Philanthropy Award by the St. Anthony's Hospital Foundation for her generosity in giving of her time and talents to the hospital. Sister Susan died on May 26, 2014 at St. Joseph's Hospital, Tampa, FL.
Sister Susan was predeceased by her parents, Connie and Susan Mack; and a brother, Michael McGillicuddy. She is survived by four brothers, Connie (Priscilla) Mack III, Dennis (Graci) McGillicuddy, John (Frances) Sheppard McGillicuddy, and Andrew McGillicuddy; and two sisters, Mary McGillicuddy and Lucile Elizabeth "Betsy" McGillicuddy; and thirteen nieces and nephews, Debbie (Charles) Caldwell, Connie Mack IV, Alyson (John) Evans, Dennis (Lisa), Kelly (Dean) Dancer, Jason (Theresa) McGillicuddy, Jared McGillicuddy, Tamra Martin, Amber (Matt) McGillicuddy-Frommelt, Megan (Matt) Groom, Michael McGillicuddy, Caitlin McGillicuddy, Trisha (Tim) Goff; and twenty-two grandnieces and nephews, Ronnie Elam, Bret Elam, Blake Caldwell, Addison McGillicuddy, Connie Mack V, Corrine McGillicuddy, Charlotte McGillicuddy, John Evans III, Rowland Evans, Suzannah Evans, Michael Evans, Mack Dancer, Mason Dancer, Skyler McGillicuddy, Kayla Pierce, Beau Ferguson, David Martin, Aaliyah Martin, Aliviyah Martin, Nathan Martin, Austin Goff, Westin Goff; and four great grandnieces and nephews, Ronnie Elam, Malachi Elam, Jackson Pierce and Liam Pierce; and her Franciscan Sisters of Allegany.
Sister Susan will be missed by all who were blessed to have known her. We are comforted by the word of the Lord. Psalm 91:1-2: Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say to the LORD, "He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust." And we share the wisdom of St. Francis of Assisi: "Preach the Gospel at all times and when necessary use words."
A viewing is scheduled for 5 p.m. Friday, May 30, 2014 at Anderson McQueen Funeral Home, 2201 Dr. MLK St. North, St. Petersburg, FL 33704, with a prayer service at 7 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at noon Saturday, May 31, 2014, at St. Paul's Catholic Church, 1800 12th St N, St. Petersburg, FL 33704, with a reception to follow. Burial will be in St. Bonaventure Cemetery, Allegany, NY.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the St. Anthony Hospital Foundation, 1200 7th Ave. N., St. Petersburg, FL 33705, or to the Franciscan Sisters of Allegany, 115 East Main St., Allegany, NY, 14706.
Anderson-McQueen Funeral Home
2201 Dr. MLK St. North St. Petersburg, FL 33704
Published in The News-Press on May 30, 2014