Sister Catherine McGady, GNSH

Written on: March 7, 2024

Sister Catherine McGady, GNSH (Sister Joseph Veronica), 81, died on March 5, 2024. Catherine Mary McGady was born in Philadelphia, PA on October 8, 1942 to Joseph L. and Catherine V. (McNamee) McGady. She graduated from Cardinal Dougherty High School in 1960 and entered the Grey Nuns of the Sacred Heart the following year. Sister earned her BS/El Ed from D’Youville College, Buffalo, NY (1973) and an MA/El Ed from Villanova University (1979).

Sister was a teacher, personal care aide, pastoral assistant, and Associate Director of Parish Pastoral Care. Sister Katie served God’s people faithfully, regardless of the ministry in which she was engaged. Her service included assignments in New York, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey.

She taught at Our Lady of Fatima (1964-67, 1969-71) Jackson Heights; Holy Angels (1976-79) and St Rose of Lima (1979-83) Buffalo, NY; St. Canicus (1967-69) Mahanoy City; Mother of Divine Providence (1971-73) King of Prussia and Our Lady of the Assumption (1973-76) Strafford, PA. In 1984 sister spent 6 months as a Personal Care Aide in Buffalo before moving to Philadelphia to work at Catholic Social Services as a Caseworker, Adult and Senior Adult Services (1984-91). She spent a year as a Personal Care Aide (1991-92) at D’Youville Manor, Yardley, PA. Returning to the Buffalo area, she was a Pastoral Assistant at St. John the Evangelist Parish (1992-2000) and then a year as Pastoral Associate at Blessed Sacrament Parish, Kenmore (2000-01). The year 2002 found her moving to Spring Lake, NJ, where she became Associate Director of Pastoral Care for St. Catharine-St. Margaret Parish, where she served until 2014.

Sister is predeceased by her parents and sister, Rosemary McGady.

Sharing of memories is at 9:30 am on Saturday, March 16, 2024, at the Redeemer Sisters’ Chapel, 521 Moredon Rd, Huntingdon Valley, PA; funeral Mass to follow at 10:00 am. Burial in Resurrection Cemetery, Bensalem, PA. Donations in her memory may be made to the Grey Nuns of the Sacred Heart, 14500 Bustleton Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19116-1188 or or through the Grey Nuns website. Funeral arrangements handled by Beck-Givnish Funeral Home, Levittown, PA.


2 thoughts on “Sister Catherine McGady, GNSH

  1. Rev. Richard Davis, TOR says:

    To the beloved Grey Nuns of the Sacred Heart, I was again saddened to read of the death of another our your Sisters, Catherine (Katy) McGady. I know here from the Motherhouse in Yardley, and I often heard good things about here good work in South Buffalo, at St. John the Evangelist. Being a South Buffalo native, as I would visit at home, I would here great reports on her good work in pastoral care at St. John’s. I would respond, “how could her ministry be anything but the best, for she was a Grey Nun of the Sacred Heart”. May she rest in peace. Fr. Richard Davis, TOR, Loretto, PA.

  2. Anne O'Donnell says:

    My little brother was very fortunate to have Sister in first grade at OLF,
    Jackson Hgts, New York …1964-1965. She was a lovely, happy person! All kids, young and old loved her!

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