Sunday, October 27, 2013 Sisters of Mercy and family members of Sr. Margaret Pittman gathered at McAuley Convent in St. John’s, NL to celebrate two events. The Eucharist was celebrated with Monsignor John Wallis as presider. The Mass and dinner that followed honored the Diamond Jubilee of Sr. Margaret – sixty years as a Sister of Mercy. Margaret’s family, her sister Jessie Kirby and husband, Gerard, as well as their two daughters Mary Lou Short and Jocelyn Dunphy, were delighted to be with Margaret, having driven for over three hours from Marystown. The sisters staff and those in residence at McAuley Convent, members of the Congregational Leadership Team, and members of Margaret’s profession group shared in a festive meal.
In the afternoon executive members of the National Canadian Group Development and Peace, presented Margaret with a plaque in appreciation of her long-term dedication to the work of of D&P in the Marystown and Burin Peninsula area. Margaret worked tirelessly for over fifteen years to support the international ministry of the group and to educate and encourage others in that ministry.
Margaret expressed a few words of appreciation to the group and joined them for a “cup of tea” and a piece of Jubilee cake. It was a great day of celebration for the sisters, for Margaret and her family.