Written on: June 1, 2022
Written by Sr. Rita Margraff, GNSH
“Learn from the heart of a loving God, love, tender concern and compassion.” This year, the Grey Nuns of the Sacred Heart honor five women who have taken these words of St. Marguerite into their hearts and have reached out in love, tender concern and compassion to hundreds of people. Sister Kathleen Hannan (Sister Mary Cabrini), who celebrates 75 years as a Grey Nun, acknowledges God’s loving Providence in her life which led her to use her talents as a musician, social worker and counselor. Sister Jane O’Connor (Sister Gabriel Marie) entered the Grey Nuns in 1947 (75 years ago) and spent many years as a science teacher and helping students transition into college work. Upon her retirement from education, she worked with homeless people at Little Portion Priory in Buffalo, New York.
Sister Barbara Harrington (Sister Robert Francis) and Sister Mary Mulligan (Sister Martin de Porres) celebrate 70 years as Grey Nuns. Sister Barbara, who is bilingual, spent many years in service to the Hispanic community in Atlanta, Georgia, and Kodiak, Alaska, and continued her outreach even after retirement with Catholic parishes in Buffalo with large Hispanic populations. Sister Mary Mulligan served as an educator, as counselor at a school for boys and as a credentialed alcohol abuse counselor. She ended her ministry career at Rosary House in Jackson Heights, New York, as service coordinator.
Sister Joan McElwain (Francis Joseph) always knew in her heart that she wanted to be a nurse and so pursued that desire before entering the Grey Nuns 60 years ago. She transitioned from nursing to becoming a PA (Physician Assistant) and worked for many years in the emergency department of Claxton-Hepburn Hospital in Ogdensburg, New York.
The Grey Nuns recognized and congratulated these sisters during a Mass and festive luncheon celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Grey Nuns of the Sacred Heart congregation.