Sisters of St. Joseph of CarondeletJune 26, 2017

In Remembrance

Sister Margaret Miller, CSJ


Sister Margaret Miller, CSJ, 83, died August 25, 2007, at St. Joseph’s Provincial House, Latham. Sister Margaret had been a Sister of St. Joseph of Carondelet for 65 years.

Margaret Miller was the daughter of Fred and Clara Morehead Miller and grew up in Utica with her brothers, Fred and Robert, and her sister, Marian. The Sisters of St. Joseph taught Margaret at Sacred Heart School in the elementary grades and at St. Francis de Sales School in high school. Those who knew Sister Margaret well were not surprised when, immediately after graduation, she entered the Sisters of St. Joseph in Troy, NY.

 

Sister Margaret earned both a bachelor s and a master s degree in elementary education at The College of Saint Rose. She taught in the elementary schools of both the Albany and Syracuse Dioceses. While at St. Anthony s School in Troy, she served as school administrator and principal.

 

In 1979 Sister Margaret began her outreach ministry to the elderly of St. Lucy s Parish and the West-End neighborhood of Syracuse. The large numbers of friends, relatives and sisters who came to both her wake and funeral were an indication of love, devotion and esteem. Father James Mathews, pastor of St Lucy s Church and Father Ted Sizing, former pastor, concelebrated Sister Margaret s funeral Mass with Father Burke.

 

A number of stories were told of the many whose lives were touched by the love and compassion of Sister Margaret (who was considered an angel). She believed that she should help anyone who was in need spiritually, physically and mentally. She might be found in the home of a poor person, scrubbing the floor, cleaning cupboards or fixing a meal. She took people to the doctor, the hospital, the store   wherever they needed to go, no matter the day nor the hour. Those who had an abundance gave to Sister Margaret with great generosity because they knew she never kept anything for herself. She always knew someone who needed those gifts.

 

It was appropriate that Sister Margaret, who had received numerous awards for her life of unifying love, should have the special gift of an award named for her when she was leaving her beloved St. Lucy s to move to the Provincial House. The title of the award, “Angel of Compassion,” and the explanation: “She wears compassion like a garment, embracing all especially those in need” is evidence that Sister Margaret was a true daughter of St. Joseph, “moving always toward profound love of God and love of neighbor without distinction.” Father Mathews ended his homily with these words: “St. Lucy s will never be the same. Sister Margaret Miller was the heart and soul of the parish.” Rest, dear Sister Margaret, in the loving embrace of the God you loved and served so generously.

     

Contributions in Sister Margaret’s memory may be made to the Development Office of the Sisters of St. Joseph, 385 Watervliet-Shaker Road, Latham, NY 12110.