August 13, 2019

RIP Srs Margherita Rock (The Congregation) and Josephine Grey (The Congregation)

We extend our deepest sympathies to the families, communities and ministries of Margherita Rock rsm and Josephine Grey rsm, both of whom died recently.

Margherita Rock rsm

Sr Margherita was a great supporter of MIA and MIC, serving on the Board of management of MIC from 2003, bringing Mater Dublin hospital staff annually to MIC for ethos development and celebration, and organising the Good Cup of Tea event, which was generously supported each year by the staff of the Mater.

Sr. Margherita Rock died peacefully in the loving care of Sisters, family and staff at the Catherine McAuley Nursing Home, Beaumont on 29th July, 2019.

Born on 13th May 1937 to Michael and Bridget Rock, Margherita was baptised Margaret Rita.  She is survived by her sisters Nancy and Josephine and her brother P.J.  Her brothers John Joe and Mikie and sister Maisie, have predeceased her.  Sr. Margherita grew up in Greenville, Caltra, Ballinalsoe, Co Galway.  She was educated in Caltra National School, St. Cuan’s Secondary School Ahascragh and Presentation Convent Secondary School, Tuam, Co Galway.

Margherita entered the Sisters of Mercy in Carysfort Park, Blackrock, Co Dublin in September 1957, making First Profession on 19th May, 1960 and Final Profession on 20th May, 1963.  Her ilfe-long Mercy journey began as a primary teacher at Mourne Road in 1961.  A few months later she began her studies int eh Social Sciences and related areas at University College Dublin.  She obtained a Master’s Degree in Social Work at the Catholic University of America in Washington DC.  Further post-graduate studies included a Higher Diploma in Management in Education at Trinity College Dublin.  She was awarded an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Law from UCD in June 2003.

Throughout the 1960’s and 1970’s, Margherita was involved in numerous programs and developments to advance the cause of child care.  She was a founder member of the Mater Child Guidance Clinic, the Mater Child and Family Centre in Ballymun, St. Paul’s Hospital for Autistic Children, Beaumont, the Special School for Children with Dyslexia at Baggot Street, the VEC Diploma Course for Child Care Workers, Cathal Brugha Street and the Association of Workers for Children in Care.

In 1987 Sr. Margherita was appointed Executive Chairperson of the Board of Management of the Mater Misericordiae Hospital, also serving as a member of the Executive Council.  With the introduction of a new governance structure in 2002 Sr. Margherita’s role as Executive Chairperson of the Board of Management ended.  She continued in an administrative role as a member of the Board of Governors and Board of Directors of the Mater as a representative of the Mercy order.  She was also a board member of the Children’s University Hospital Temple Street, Charitable Infirmary Charitable Trust, Mater Misericordiae and Children’s University Hospital, the Dublin Neurological Institute, the Mater and Children’s Hospital Development.

Margherita bought a gracious and gentle presence to everyone she met.  She ministered as Leader to the Mater Community for two terms.

We extend our deepest sympathy to her sisters Nancy and Josephine and her brother P.J., her sister-in-law Margaret, her brother-in-law Jim Buckley, her nieces and nephews in Ireland and England, the Mater Convent and Hospital communities, her extended family and many friends.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a hanam dílis

Josephine Grey rsm

Sr Josephine was a member of the First Team at MIC, contributing significantly to the development of the House into Mercy International Centre and had responsibility for the establishment of the gift shop.

The following is an extract from the article Sr Josephine wrote for the 20th Anniversary celebrations of Mercy International Centre.


1st Team at MIC 1994. L-R: Srs Marion McCarthy, Josephine Grey, Pat Ryan, Ursula Gilbert, Elizabeth McCaver

'In 1994 after 25 years of Education and Pastoral Ministry in Pembrokeshire, Wales I was invited to apply to be part of the international staff and volunteers charged  with  helping  in  the  development  of Baggot Street  House as an International Mercy Centre; a work which had already been initiated by the  International Mercy Association. This Mercy project was under the able management of Sisters Mary Trainer from the US and Elizabeth McCaver from New Zealand.

When first invited to respond as a volunteer I felt daunted by the prospect, and at the same time very aware of the privilege, of being part of the development of this original and revered House of Mercy into and International Centre.

I responded wholeheartedly but with some trepidation to whatever lay ahead and was greatly reassured by the warm welcome, which I and other volunteers received.

I realised very quickly, what lay ahead. It was all hands on deck in the months that followed with rotas prepared by our tireless leaders organising the essential tasks that had to be undertaken. Our first Group meeting took place, not in Baggot St, but in the New Zealand Sisters' House in Walnut Avenue. I can remember that it was there that Sr Mary Trainer unrolled a long chart of areas of responsibility, which needed to be selected by us in accordance with our personal fields of interest. One item on the list was "Responsibility for the Development of the Mercy International Shop".

With a merry eye, Mary turned towards me, and no doubt aware of my business family background the shop fell to my lot!

At that time, of course the shop was nonexistent but was earmarked to be sited in a dark niche between two strong walls in the basement. However, Mary saw no problem. Within a week or so, the shop was more or less in place. Out from the archives came Sr Mary Clare Augustine Moore's very beautiful works of art; hitherto unseen treasures from the 1800s. I can recall Mary and Elizabeth joyously poring over them selecting paintings and designs that would be suitable for greeting cards, bookmarks, framed pictures, stationary and many other saleable items of quality. Thus began the Mercy International Shop. Visitors, international and local, continued to call daily, custom grew and grew; and so did the custom of Catherine McAuley's 'Welcome Cup of Tea'...'

May she rest in peace

Messages to: Mary Reynolds rsm - CEO MIA

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