Sr. Margaret Prendergast made Final Profession with the Congregation of the Sisters of Mercy in Paulstown, Co. Kilkenny on 6th September.

Srs. Peggy Collins (Provincial Leader), Margaret Prendergast and Coirle McCarthy (Congregational Leader)

Final Profession

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A wonderfully joyful celebration took place in the Parish Church, Paulstown, Co. Kilkenny on Sunday September 6th as Sr. Margaret Prendergast made Final Profession with the Congregation of the Sisters of Mercy.

As a large section of the population of Kilkenny headed towards Croke Park, Dublin for the All- Ireland hurling final against Tipperary, Sisters of Mercy, family and friends of Margaret travelled in the opposite direction to be with Margaret in her home town for this happy occasion.

Despite the torrential rain which fell during the day, the atmosphere in Paulstown Church was one of joy, peace and celebration. The solemn liturgy was celebrated by Fr. Larry Malone, Parish Priest of Paulstown. In his homily he spoke about the commitment which Margaret had made to God through her profession of vows and assured her of the support of her family, friends and Congregation in the years ahead. Margaret’s late parents were remembered especially throughout the ceremony and, though not physically present, were present in a very tangible way.

The music of the Paulstown choir, led by Sr. Celsus, added significantly to the beauty of the liturgy and the choir was joined by Fr. John Egan on guitar and Ailish O’Brien rsm on violin.

Sr. Coirle McCarthy, Leader of the Congregation of the Sisters of Mercy, received Margaret’s vows and spoke of the great work of mercy which Margaret had engaged in prior to joining the Congregation. Sr. Coirle welcomed Margaret wholeheartedly as a fully professed member of the Congregation and reminded those gathered of the ministry of the Sisters of Mercy to the poor in Ireland since 1831.