Obituary for Sr. Doris Therese Walbridge, OSU

Sister Doris Therese Walbridge, OSU, also known as Mother Frances Therese, beloved member of the Ursuline Community, died peacefully July 24, 2020 at Andrus, Hastings on Hudson, NY. Born New York City, she was the daughter of Ethel McGrath Walbridge and Lyman N. Walbridge. Sister Doris Therese entered the Ursuline Order in Beacon, NY in January 1952 and professed her vows in July 1954.

Sister Doris Therese is predeceased by her parents, her brother L. Norman and sister Claire Walbridge Pushkal. She is survived by her loving Ursuline Community, her devoted sister-in-law Betty Walbridge and many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.

Sister Doris Therese earned a BA in European History from the College of New Rochelle and an MA in Modern European History from Catholic University of America. Her teaching career at The Ursuline School, New Rochelle and the Ursuline Academy, Bethesda, MD spanned more than 25 years.

Drawn by her broad academic interests, her organizational skills and her passion for ministry, Sister earned Certificates from Misericordia College and Mercy College in Law and Religious Life and in Paralegal Studies, and an MA from Boston College in Pastoral Ministry and Social Justice. These academic experiences prepared Sister Doris Therese for her roles as Assistant Provincial of the Eastern Province, Province Social Concerns Coordinator, service on many Chapter Planning and Provincial Discernment Committees, Provincial Secretary, and as an elected delegate to the Roman Union Chapter in Rome.

Her gifts served her well as Congregational Secretary for the Dominican Sisters of Hope where she served from 1988 to 1997. Sister Doris Therese found this ministry very fulfilling. She cherished her relationships with the Dominican Sister of Hope through the years.

Because of the Covid 19 restrictions there will not be a Wake service or funeral at the Convent for Sister Doris Therese, OSU. The burial at Gate of Heaven Cemetery will be in private. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated in the future. Donations in Sr. Doris Therese’s name may be made to the Ursuline Sisters Retirement Fund at 1338 North Ave., New Rochelle, NY 10804 or online. Lloyd Maxcy and Sons, Beauchamp Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.