Up Close and Personal

During her “growing up years” in County Cork, Ireland, Sr. Margaret O’Brien had the opportunity to meet three different congregations of women religious: Presentation Sisters, Mercy Sisters, and Franciscans Sisters. Her connection with the Sisters of St. Francis began when Sr. Brigid O’Regan invited her to a retreat for high school girls at Mt. Alvernia in Mallow. “Though the Presentation and Mercy Sisters were fine people, our sisters stood out in hospitality and happiness” Margaret explained. “I just knew this was the right group for me.”

Most of Sr. Margaret’s years in the congregation were spent on the west coast where she ministered in elementary education and later in healthcare. In 2011 she moved to the east coast and today resides and ministers at Our Lady of Angels Convent. After she first arrived, both Sr. Mary Vandergeest (former director of the foundation) and Sr. Christa Marie Thompson (director of the Franciscan Spiritual Center) offered Sr. Margaret volunteer opportunities. Margaret accepted their offers and today continues her volunteer work with both offices.  Read More