Sister Rosa de Jesus Goncalves, SSD


BRISTOL — Sister Rosa de Jesus Goncalves SSD, 85, of passed away on October 5, 2019 at Grace Barker Nursing Home.

Born in Levada, Braga, Portugal, she was the daughter of the late Manuel and Ana (Corais) Goncalves and sister of the late Manuel Goncalves, Teresa Rodrigues, Joseph Goncalves, Ana Antunes and Maria Leite. She is survived by many nieces and nephews.

Sr. Rosa entered the Sisters of St. Dorothy in Portugal on October 15, 1956 and professed her Final Vows on September 24, 1965. She ministered in Pova de Vazin, Portugal for five years and then in Angola for ten years. Upon coming to the United States she ministered at Our Lady of Fatima High Scholl from 1975 – 2012. She then entered Grace Barker Health Center due to illness where she remained until her death.

Throughout her life she was always dedicated to her community and ministry. She was very prayerful especially in her devotion to the recitation of the Rosary.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on October 8 in the Columban Fathers Chapel with burial in St. Mary’s Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to: Missions of the Sisters of St. Dorothy, 13 Monkey Wrench Lane, Bristol RI 02809.