Sister Margaret Feeley
I had the privilege of sharing in many lives.
It was a memorable day — September 7, 1952 — when I said my goodbyes to family and entered the Sisters of St. Joseph. I had attended the Nursing School at St. Michael's Hospital for one year and after my making my first vows, I was missioned to St. Michael's Hospital to complete my nursing training. After graduation, my next ministry was at our Infirmary at St. Joseph's-on-the-Lake, where I was enriched by the lives of faithfulness and prayer of our senior Sisters and the teachers who lived there.
Over the years, I continued to serve the sick in various positions at St. Michael's Hospital, Morrow Park Infirmary, St. Joseph's General Hospital, Comox, B.C., and Our Lady of Mercy Wing, St. Joseph's Health Centre. Our patients and staff came from different walks of life and we worked together to provide compassionate care to all.
My bedside experience helped me greatly in parish ministry which began in 1981 at St. Leo's Parish, Etobicoke, with an emphasis on visits to senior parish members in their homes and in nursing homes. I was grateful for the graces of this new calling and the parish members I worked with. For 13 years, I had the privilege of sharing in many lives — their joys, sorrows and journeys through sickness to death.
From 1996-2012, my parish ministry at St. Paul's Basilica involved primarily the outreach programs to the economically poor (Children's Breakfast Club and the Food Room) as well as the sick and elderly. My faith was nourished by the many people who generously and faithfully gave of their time. The people we served lived under difficult circumstances but made every effort to live life fully. Now living at 2 O'Connor, I strive to enter more fully into a ministry of prayer and a new kind of service to our "dear neighbour."