Meet a sister
When Sr. Margaret McGrath entered the Congregation, she dreamt of going to either Borneo or Kenya as a missionary Sister. That was not to be but Sister has certainly lived a “missionary life”, i.e. a person sent to bring the Good News of Jesus to others, in her various ministries. Born in Glasgow, Scotland, Sr. Margaret has two older brothers and an older sister who, sadly, died as a young child. She entered the Congregation on 31 May 1958 and made her final profession 29 June 1960.
Over the years Sister has had a variety of ministries. She worked for 10 years with the Rescue Society in childcare and finance. She has served the Congregation in a variety of roles including being the Congregational Bursar for 18 years, a member of the Congregational Leadership Team for 6 years and a local Superior in the Generalate in Worsley for 15 years. While not fulfilling her youthful dream of living in Borneo or Kenya herself, these Congregational Ministries provided vital services for the FMSJs living in those countries as well as in the UK and other mission places.
Margaret has a great love of our Franciscan spirituality. She is a trained retreat and spiritual director. Currently she lives in Canterbury, UK where she is a member of staff at the Franciscan International Study Centre, which serves Franciscans from all over the globe . She has served there as a lecturer, vice principal, Director of Franciscan Studies and Director of Sabbaticals. Margaret loves her ministry of spiritual direction and continues to use her expertise to train others in that important role in the Church today as Director of the Ecumenical Training Programme in Spiritual Direction.
Margaret continues to do research into our Franciscan Missionary of St joseph history and is currently researching a book on this topic with particular focus on the cultural, social and economic times in which our foundress Alice Ingham lived. She has already done much research into Alice and her spiritual director, Fr Gomair OSF which resulted in our General Chapter acknowledging him as one of our Founders, as well as Cardinal Vaughan.