Sister Mary Lucille (Alice Bridgetts) did not know much about Sisters when she moved to White Plains from Brooklyn with her father and mother (Harry and Lucy) and two brothers: Don (her twin) and Bob, the youngest. But she came to know women religious better when her Dad moved her from the local public school to Good Counsel Academy elementary school. There Lucille had her first experience of a teacher working with two classes at one time. Sr. Mary Agnes was her teacher, and according to Sr. M. Lucille, “She was a good teacher!”
Sister Mary Lucille continued her education on the Good Counsel campus; first in the high school, and then on to the college. These were happy years and throughout she met other Sisters whom she came to respect: Srs. Mary Bernardine, Clement, Ursula and d’Assisi and of course, one of her favorites, Sr. Marie Therese who taught her French. (Sr. Marie Therese was a French speaker from Nova Scotia and an enthusiastic teacher. As such she impressed Lucille and started her in her life-long devotion to the French language and culture.)
This connection with the Sisters encouraged an interest to become a Sister of the Divine Compassion. Lucille entered the congregation in 1946. After her early years in the novitiate, she began her ministry as a teacher in elementary school. She taught first at Good Counsel Academy elementary school for two years and then at St. Frances de Chantal in the Bronx for three years. From there Lucille moved just ‘down the hill’ in the Bronx to Preston High School where she taught until her retirement in 2001. For her love and commitment to the teaching of French and the students of Preston, Lucille received the “Excellent Teacher” award in 2009.
After leaving teaching, Lucille, along with several other Sisters, provided Preston with many hours of volunteer service such as answering parents’ phone calls every school day. These Sisters presently offer a ministry of prayer and presence to the Throgs Neck Community of the Bronx.