Parish bids farewell to a champion of the community

AFTER 23 years at St Michael’s Parish, Sister Margaret Prendergast has decided to move back to Sydney to be close with family.

Sister Beverley Caffery commended Sister Margaret for her empathy, cheerfulness, humour and immense support for the local community and said she would be greatly missed.

“She was the longest serving Good Samaritan sister out of the 160 sisters who have lived here over the last 130 years,” Sister Beverley said.

“She worked here as a pastoral liaison for St Michael’s School and spent her time visiting parents, helping those who were sick or in trouble, or who just needed someone to talk to.

“People have expressed their appreciation of the support they received from her, especially during tougher times – perhaps when someone was grieving from a death in the family – but on any matter really. 

“She has always been a bright and cheerful person and was always very involved with the local war veterans.” 

Sister Beverley said Sister Margaret was a good local community member who was out in the thick of it before she fell ill.

“About 12 months ago she had a slight stroke which limited her activities and that was when she decided it was time for her to move and be closer to family,” she said.

Sister Margaret said she had always been a city girl and was happy to be back in Sydney but would miss everyone in Nowra.

“I loved everything about Nowra. It is the most beautiful place and the people are wonderful,” she said.

“I really had a very fulfilling time while I was there and made many friends.

“I’m most grateful to the people of Nowra and the priests and the Parish for everything they have done over the years.”

An afternoon tea was held at St Michael’s Parish last Saturday for friends to wish the long-serving Good Samaritan all the best on her latest journey.

Sister Margaret is now with The Sisters of The Good Samaritan at Glebe Point Saint Scholastica Convent.

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