Sr. Margaret O’Brien prepares a set of name tags for an upcoming retreat.
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. One of her first big projects in the spiritual center was assisting Sr. Theresa Yanda in adding a new order of books to the library and removing books that were outdated. “Mondays through Wednesdays I now assist Sr. Christa and staff as needs arise,” she said. “Other activities include hospitality, preparing name tags, posting brochures, etc.” Fridays find Sr. Margaret in the Foundation Office preparing card packets for the display racks, filing, and responding to whatever the immediate need arise.