Georgia Bulletin

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Sister Henderson, BVM, dies; served in Newnan

Published October 24, 2013

ATLANTA—Sister Bridget Ann Henderson, BVM, 85, died Oct. 4, 2013, at Caritas Center in Dubuque, Iowa. Sister Bridget Ann served as religious education director from 1996-2004 at St. George Church in Newnan.

Sister Bridget Ann Henderson

Sister Bridget Ann Henderson

She was born Sept. 17, 1928, to John Joseph and Ann Elizabeth Connolly Henderson. She entered the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary congregation from Help of Christians Parish, Chicago, on Sept. 8, 1946. She professed first vows on March 19, 1949, and final vows on Aug. 15, 1954.

Sister Bridget Ann was an elementary school teacher and administrator in Pasadena, Tujunga and Los Angeles, Calif.; Phoenix, Ariz.; and Lincoln and Chicago, Ill. She also served in parish ministry in Chandler, Ariz.

At St. George, the education building bears the name Henderson Hall in her honor. Completed in 1998, the building was one of the first in the Archdiocese of Atlanta to be named in honor of a woman religious.

The funeral Mass was celebrated on Wednesday, Oct. 23, in the Marian Hall Chapel in Dubuque, followed by burial in the Mount Carmel cemetery there.

Sister Bridget Ann was preceded in death by her parents and sister, Mary Zerblis. She is survived by a niece, Bernie Parks, of Newnan, and a nephew, Jack Zerblis, of Conyers, and their families; and by the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, with whom she shared life for 67 years.

A memorial Mass will be held in celebration of her life on Friday, Oct. 25, at 6 p.m. at St. George Church, 771 Roscoe Road (GA Highway 70), Newnan.

Gifts in her memory may be given to the Sisters of Charity, BVM Support Fund, 1100 Carmel Drive, Dubuque, IA 52003 or online at