Historian for the Sisters of St. Joseph Dies at 95

Sister of St. Joseph Thomas Joseph McGoldrick, 95, died on March 18, 2022. Born on August 11, 1926, in Queens County, Long Island, N.Y. and named Lauretta Elizabeth, she grew up in New York until she moved to St. Augustine where she was a resident student of St. Joseph Academy her junior and senior years of high school. Sister was a member of the Sisters of St. Joseph for 77 years, serving primarily in education and administration in St. Augustine, Jacksonville, Miami, Jensen Beach, and Tampa.

Sister Thomas Joseph McGoldrick, SSJ (Photo by Scott Smith/St. Augustine Catholic)

From 1972 to 1978 Sister TJ served as general superior of the congregation. In 2002, while serving as the congregation’s archivist, she opened the Father Miguel O’Reilly House Museum on Aviles Street in St. Augustine. In 2007 she authored and had published, Beyond the Call: A History of the Congregation.

Visitation will be on March 22, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Craig Funeral Home, 1475 Old Dixie Highway, St. Augustine, with a Vigil Service at 7 p.m. Her funeral Mass will be on March 23, at 11 a.m. at the Cathedral-Basilica of St. Augustine, 38 Cathedral Place.

The Sisters of St. Joseph of St. Augustine, the only congregation of Catholic apostolic women religious headquartered in Northeast Florida, have served the people in Florida continuously since 1866. Their mission is to foster unity and reconciliation in service of the Dear Neighbor. They currently serve in St. Augustine, Miami, and Jacksonville in a variety of ministries.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Sisters of St. Joseph, P.O. Box 3506, St. Augustine, FL 32085.

For more information, contact Sister Carol Stovall, SSJ, at (904) 826-7364/cell.