Carmelite Events

R.I.P Sr. Deirdre Mary Ferguson, O.Carm.

Sister Helena - Tuesday, January 07, 2020

Sister Deirdre Mary Ferguson O.Carm. died unexpectedly on the evening of January 6, 2020 at Mary Manning Walsh Home, in the 40 th year of her religious life.

Deirdre Mary Josephine Ferguson was born on October 23, 1952 in Dublin, Ireland to William and Breda (nee Mullen) Ferguson. For several years during her childhood she lived in New Jersey, but returned to Ireland and trained as a nurse at St. Laurence’s Hospital Training School for Nurses. She entered the Congregation from Our Lady’s Manor on September 7, 1980 and received the habit on May 9, 1981 taking the name Sr. M. Deirdre of Jesus, later returning to her baptismal name.  Sr. Deirdre professed first vows on April 11, 1983 and final vows on June 1, 1991.

Sr. Deirdre’s missions included St. Joseph Nursing Home (1983-1985); St. Raphael’s Home (1985-1987; Our Lady’s Manor (1991-2001); Kahl Home (2001-2009); Little Flower Manor (2009-2010); St. Patrick’s Home (2010-2013); St. Margaret Hall (2013-2016); and Mary Manning Walsh Home (2016-2020). She practiced as a Registered Nurse in New York, Ohio, and Iowa, and also served the Congregation as Prioress, Assistant Prioress, and Bursar. Sr. Deirdre successfully completed the Geriatric Spiritual Care course in 2013 and while at Mary Manning Walsh Home assisted in Pastoral Care in the Calvary Hospice Unit and throughout the House, ministering to others by her presence and her prayers.

Always conscious of the needs of others rather than her own – sometimes to a fault - we rejoice in knowing that Sr. Deirdre Mary’s own needs are now fully and eternally met in the arms of our loving God, and that her immortal soul is filled with joy and peace forever!


Sunday, January 12, 20203:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Mary Manning Walsh Home

Evening Prayer at 7:00 p.m.

First Floor Parlor

1339 York Avenue

New York, New York 10021


Monday, January 13, 202010:30 a.m.

Mary Manning Walsh Home

 Viewing prior to Mass from

9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. in the Parlor

Holy Family Chapel


 Monday, January 13, 2020 at 2:30 p.m.

 Queen of Carmel Cemetery  

St. Teresa’s Motherhouse

Germantown, NY 12526 


Anonymous commented on 25-Jan-2021 06:02 PM
Lovely, lovely Deirdre - with Jesus at last Xx

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