Local News Archive
Print Issue: January 30, 1997
Former IHM Principal Dies In Pennsylvania
ATLANTA--Sister Helen Dorothy Philip, GNSH, principal of Immaculate Heart of Mary School, Atlanta, from 1961 to 1965, died Jan. 23 at the motherhouse of the Grey Nuns of the Sacred Heart in Yardley, Pa.
The Mass of the Resurrection was celebrated Jan. 25 at Sacred Heart Chapel in Yardley.
Sister Philip was the eighth superior general of her order from 1971 to 1975. Born in 1920, she entered the Grey Nuns in 1938 and made her first profession of vows in 1940. Her professional career included teaching in the elementary schools at St. Canicus, Mahanoy City, Pa. from 1939 to 1941, at St. Joan of Arc School in Jackson Heights, N.Y. from 1941 to 1945, at St. Leo School in Corona, N.Y. from 1945 to 1952 and at St. Rose of Lima School in Buffalo, N.Y. from 1952 to 1957. Before coming to Immaculate Heart of Mary School in 1961, Sister Philip was principal of Our Lady of Fatima School in Jackson Heights. From 1965 to 1971 she served as secretary general of the Grey Nuns before becoming superior general. From 1975 to 1988 she served as the coordinator of religious services provided by Holy Rosary Parish in the Bronx for nursing homes within its boundaries.