Sister Elizabeth Kerridge, a beloved Sister of Saint Joseph for seventy-five years, entered eternal life on August 3, 2020. Betty was the oldest of three children born to her Irish-born parents Jane and Louis Kerridge. She and her brothers attended Saint Athanasius and Saint Benedict Schools in the Germantown section of Philadelphia. Betty then attended Saint Vincent Annex for Freshmen and Sophomores and then completed her high school education at Little Flower Archdiocesan High School. It was at Little Flower that Betty became friendly with Sister Martin Anthony with whom she enjoyed many conversations (which sometimes resulted in her coming home later than usual.) She entered the Sisters of Saint Joseph on September 11, 1945.
When Betty received the habit on April 23, 1946 she also received the religious name Sister Norbertine. After some training and education she was missioned to Saint Columba School in Philadelphia where she taught for eight years. After that she was assigned to Saint Andrew School in Bayonne, New Jersey which to her seemed “as if it were at the end of the world.” One thing she enjoyed about the mission at Saint Andrew was the fact that the Sisters would occasionally go to New York to shop and enjoy lunch.
Later missions brought Betty to the Archdioceses of Baltimore, Philadelphia and back to Jersey. She was happy for the opportunity to enjoy summer studies in Philadelphia in the company of her friends and the sisters with whom she entered. Her later missions in Philadelphia provided time for her to visit with her mother after her father died.
Betty lived her life by treating others as she would like to be treated. She handled change in the Church and in community by “going with the flow.” In her short time at the Villa she became known as “a quiet, but delightful presence.”
We thank God for Betty’s loving presence among us, and we rely on her intercession for us as she enjoys eternal life.