Sister Mary Bridget Clark was a Sister of Mercy for 58 years. She was a native of Hazleton, Pennsylvania. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from College Misericordia and a Master of Science degree in reading education from Maywood College, Scranton.
Sister Bridget taught at the following schools: Gate of Heaven, Dallas, St. Joseph’s Babylon, New York, St. Boniface, Sea Cliff, New York; Honesdale Catholic Elementary, Honesdale, Pennsylvania, St. Aloysius and Holy Savoir School both in Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania.
She received her religious education certificate from the Religious Education Institute of the Scranton Diocese. In conjunction with the Glenmary Brothers’ Mission in Harrisburg, she participated in children’s biblical study and coordinated religious education classes at St. Joseph, Rileyville, Pennsylvania. She taught religious education classes in Our Lady of Victory Church Harvey’s Lake. She taught at and was instrumental in the development and implementation of Mercy Institute of Education (MIED), a program providing individual tutoring for students of all ages. While Sister Bridget was a creative teacher and a gifted administrator, she will be remembered most of all for her exuberance, optimism, generosity, and all-encompassing joy for the gift of life. She was the living embodiment of a merciful heart, and her death on Valentine’s Day was another reminder that her compassion for others was rooted in deep faith and a life-long commitment to the God of Mercy. Those who grieve her passing continue to treasure the abundant gift of her spirit—so freely shared with all.