Sister Mary Catherine Gurley
Sister Mary Catherine Gurley
Franciscan Sister Mary Catherine Gurley, who studied and ministered in the Trenton Diocese, died Aug. 6 in Assisi House, Aston, Pa. She was 77.

Private funeral services will be held Aug. 13 in Assisi House and a memorial Mass will be celebrated at a later date.

Sister  Mary Catherine, the former Sister Margaret Patrice, was born in Boston, MA. She entered the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia in 1960 and professed her first vows in 1963. She held a bachelor arts degree in English from Neumann University, Aston, Pa.; a master of arts degree in supervision and administration from Rider College, Lawrenceville, and a doctor of education degree from The Catholic  University of America, Washington. She ministered primarily in education and administration in the Archdioceses/Dioceses of Trenton, Metuchen, Rochester, N.Y., Portland, OR, Paterson, Worcester, MA., Philadelphia and Boston.

 Her 13 years in the Trenton Diocese included teaching in St. Raphael School, Trenton; as principal of Immaculate Conception School, Trenton, and serving as a member of the provincial council for the former St. Anthony Province which was based in Trenton. In later years, she was dean of the School of Education at Georgian Court University, Lakewood.

Along with her education ministry, Sister Mary Catherine also published a number of articles for various publications and played a significant role in the publication of the congregational history for the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia.

Sister Mary Catherine is survived by two brothers, Frank and Jim Gurley, and by her Franciscan family. Donations can be made to the Sisters of St. Francis Foundation, 609 S. Convent Road, Aston, PA 19014.