Sister Martha Geraghty FMSL
Sister Martha, born Rose Geraghty in Clonard, Ireland, entered Franciscan life in Littlehampton in 1953. She was preceded in this by her elder sister Kathleen, who took the religious name Sister Stanislaus. She trained as a nurse and served in this capacity in St. Francis Nursing Home for thirty six years.
In 1999, Sister Martha came to St. Joseph’s Convent, Littlehampton, as Community Leader until 2008, when she moved to St. Annes Burgess Hill as Community Leader. In the Care Home, she supported staff, residents and their families and was also active in pastoral outreach around the local Parish
In 2014, she moved back to St. Joseph’s Community and in the following year, celebrated her Diamond Jubilee of religious profession. In the summer of 2019, she became ill and in July, moved to St Joseph’s Nursing Home, where she was cared for until she passed away peacefully on 11th September 2019.
Sister Martha’s Requiem Mass was celebrated by Fr. Tony Baya OFM, concelebrated by Canon Seamus Hester, Msgr Michael Jackson, Fr. David Russell, Fr. Rick McGrath, Fr. Carl Davies and Fr. Albert Van der Most, in St. Joseph’s Convent Chapel on 8th October 2019.
Sister Martha had been elected onto the General Council at the General Chapter in 2017. She brought much valuable experience to this role, having previous served a maximum term of nine years continuously as a General Councillor. Her presence and contribution to the Congregation are greatly missed and we trust she is still supporting us by her prayers as we move towards our 2020 Chapter and beyond. May she live on in God’s love, Amen.