Sister Eileen Joan McGoldrick FMM


NORTH SMITHFIELD — Franciscan Missionary of Mary Sister Eileen Joan McGoldrick, 92, a member of the Ein Karim Community, died April 29 at St. Antoine Residence.

She was born in Roscommon, Ireland, and was the daughter of the late Michael and Margaret (Kane) McGoldrick.

Sister McGoldrick entered the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary Novitiate in Loughlynn, Ireland on June 11, 1942. After pronouncing her first vows there on December 15, 1944, she was sent to mission in the United States at Holy Family Convent, North Providence, where she pronounced her final vows on December 15, 1947.

For many years, Sister McGoldrick traveled throughout the United States selling handiwork made by sisters serving in the missions. Beginning in 1976, she ministered as a religious education teacher for many years at St. Jean the Baptist Parish, Pawtucket, and also made home visits to the sick of the parish.

Sister McGoldrick later served as a pastoral minister at St. Francis Chapel, Providence, and also served as a eucharistic minister and made visits to the sick and elderly. Sister McGoldrick was an active member of the charismatic prayer group at St. Augustine Church, Providence.

In 2006, she entered St. Antoine Residence. Sister McGoldrick celebrated her 60th jubilee as a religious sister in 2007.

She is survived by a sister, Mary Brennan of Ireland, and several nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated May 2 in Holy Family Chapel. Burial was in the Franciscan Sisters’ Cemetery, North Providence.