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HONOURED: Sr Margaret McGovern wearing her AO insignia in 1993.
Sr Margaret McGovern RSM AO
By Patrick Lewis and Ron Perry
Leon Joseph Cardinal Suenens was never to know Sr Margaret McGovern but if he had lived to the present day, we believe he would have agreed that his ideas had been exemplified in her life.
In 1962 Cardinal Suenens first published his work, The Nun in the World, in which he encouraged religious sisters to re-evaluate and modernise so that their lives would have greater apostolic impact within our fast changing society.
His ideas had a profound effect. He went on to have a major influence within the Second Vatican Council, especially in the preparation of the decree on the appropriate renewal of religious life which was promulgated in 1965.
Sr Margaret was born on November 15, 1932, an only child to Wilfred and Elizabeth McGovern.
Her father, a veteran of World War I, worked as a painter and decorator and was forced to move his family from Albury to Canberra and finally to Kirribilli, Sydney, in search of work.
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