Sister Meg Gallagher , M.M. Maryknoll Sister for 80 Years, Dies

Maryknoll, NY: Sister Rose Bernadette Gallagher died on February 9, 2023 at the Maryknoll Sisters Center, Maryknoll, NY.  She was 100 years old and a Maryknoll Sister for 80 years.

Mary Ellen Gallagher was born on September 12, 1922 in Providence, Rhode Island to Elizabeth Mary (Byrne) Gallagher and John Francis Gallagher.  She had seven siblings: six brothers: Daniel, Francis, John, Rev. Joseph, Rev. William, and Vincent. She had one sister Catherine. All have pre-deceased her.

Meg (as she was known) attended Aldrich High School in Lakewood, RI from 1935 until her graduation in 1940. She then attended St. John’s University, New York in 1973 and then on to Mundelein College where she received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Theology in 1975. Sister received a certificate from the Yale-Asia College in Hong Kong in 1978 studying Chinese Literature and Culture.  In 1980, she earned her Master of Arts Degree in Political Science from the University of Chicago, Department of Political Science, specializing in Modern China Studies.

Sr. Meg entered Maryknoll on September 7, 1943 Maryknoll, NY and made her First Profession of Vows on March 7, 1946 at Maryknoll, NY receiving the name Rose Bernadette.  She made her Final Vows in China on March 7, 1949.

Sister’s first assignment was to Wuchow, China in 1948, which was a very turbulent political period.  The years, 1951-1976 in Hong Kong were helping men, women and children, who fled to safety to Chai Waan, a refugee settlement, with basic needs for food, clothing and shelter. The settlement had other programs: rebuilding confidence and dignity, training programs for leadership and microfinance.

In 1976, Sister came back to Maryknoll, NY to serve in Congregational Service on promotion until 1977.

From 1982 to 1985, she taught at Xian Jiaotong University teaching English teaching skills with student professors.  In 1985 until 1987, she taught at Beijing University helping student to master research methodology and writing skills.  Transferring to the Eastern US Region in 1988, Sister taught foreign students at Towson University near Baltimore, MD.  She also taught at Notre Dame College.  Assigned to Bangkok, Thailand in 1992, she directed a Maryknoll Safe Shelter for women who had been trafficked, sold to prostitution and children left homeless.  The shelter offered counseling services, education for children and medical assistance.  The program was turned over to local personnel in 2005.

In 2006, Sister was assigned to the Sudan in Nanyangachor to mission with the Toposa tribal people where poverty was very evident.  She was only there a short while, when she had to return to the Center.  Here she was involved in Social and Global Concerns, working with the Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns. Her focus was the empowerment of women in all phases of her life, protection for the girl/child against violence and human trafficking.

Sister retired to the Maryknoll Sister Center in 2013 where she has remained until her death. Sr. Meg has so graciously donated her body to science.

Funeral Services:

A Vespers Service will be held for Sister on February 23rd at 4:15 p.m. in the Chapel of the Annunciation at the Maryknoll Sisters Center, Maryknoll, NY.

A Memorial Mass will be held on February 24th at 10:00 A.M. at the Maryknoll Sisters Center.

Sister Marie Crowley, M.M. Maryknoll Sister for 67 Years, Dies

Maryknoll, NY: Sister Marie Crowley died on January 30th, 2023 at the Maryknoll Sisters Center, Maryknoll, NY.  She was 95 years old and had been a Maryknoll Sister for 67 years.

Marie was born on April 18th, 1927 in Boston, MA to John Crowley and Ellen (Conalty) Crowley.  She had two sisters, Jean and Anne who have both predeceased her.

In 1945 she graduated Tewksbury High School, Tewksbury, MA and then studied nursing from 1946-1949 at St. Elizabeth Hospital, Brighton, MA where she obtained an R.N.  Marie then enlisted in the U.S. Air Force where she served from 1952-1954.  In 1954 she studied at the Catholic University in Washington, D.C. where she earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing in 1956.

On September 2nd, 1956 she entered the Maryknoll Sisters Novitiate from (St. William’s Parish in Tewksbury, MA). Sister Marie made her First Profession of Vows on June 24th, 1959 at the Maryknoll Sisters Center, Maryknoll, NY and was then assigned to Pusan, Korea in 1960. She made her Final Profession of Vows on June 24th, 1965 in Seoul, Korea.

From 1960-1967, Sister Marie served as a clinic nurse in Pusan, worked in public health in Kang Hwa and spent a year in Vietnam working with Catholic Relief Services Hospital Medical Team.  She then returned to Kang Hwa, Korea in 1968 to work as Assistant Clinic Director and Nursing Supervisor in the Public Health Program for two years at Christ the King Clinic.

In 1972 Sister Marie served as Assistant Director, Supervisor of Nurses and Supervisor of the Treatment Room at the Maryknoll Clinic in Jeung Pyeong, all while preparing the Korean staff to take over operations. In 1975, she returned to the Maryknoll Sisters Center, Maryknoll, NY and worked in the Promotion and Mission Education Department in the Chicago area from 1975-1977.

In 1978 she returned to Korea, working as Administrator of the Maryknoll Clinic in Jeung Pyeong and as Physician’s Assistant for its Skin Clinic until 1990 when she moved to Mapogu, Seoul, South Korea.

In 1992, Sister Marie returned to the Maryknoll Sisters Center, Maryknoll, NY to work as Assistant Administrator and Assistant Director of Nurses for the Maryknoll Sisters Nursing Home until 1997 when she was assigned to Chukudum in the South Sudan. There she served in the Sisters clinic until the civil war seriously disrupted the lives of civilians and the Sisters were forced to leave in 1999.  Once again, she returned to the Maryknoll Sisters Center, Maryknoll, NY where she worked in the Congregation’s Outpatient Clinic.

In 2006, she served in family ministry for one year before returning to the Maryknoll Sisters Center, Maryknoll, NY to work as a relief nurse until her retirement in 2014.  Sister Marie was assigned to the Maryknoll Sisters Home Care Unit where she remained until her death.

Funeral Services:

A Vespers Services will be celebrated for Sister Marie on Tuesday, February 7th at 4:15 P.M in the Sisters Main Chapel of the Annunciation at the Maryknoll Sisters Center, Maryknoll, New York.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday, February 8th at 10:00 A.M. also in the Chapel of the Annunciation followed by interment of Sister’s body in the Maryknoll Sisters’ cemetery.