Vale Margaret Kenny, 1932-2021

Older woman standing in front of door

We are saddened to share the news that one of our women, Margaret Kenny MSS, died on 3rd January 2021. Margaret was an MSS for 65 years having joined the community in 1956.

Margaret was born in East St Kilda, Victoria, in 1932 and made her first profession with the MSS in 1959. She had worked mostly in rural South Australia, Tasmania, New South Wales and Victoria. She spent many years with the correspondence school and played an important role in ‘The Book Shelf’ in Whyalla, South Australia. She was also part of the Catholic book shop in Hobart, Tasmania.

Margaret celebrated the Diamond Jubilee (60 years) of her first profession in 2019. At that time, reflecting on her life as MSS, she said:

“I’m so grateful for the welcome, acceptance and love that the people gave us; the way they welcomed us into their families. We developed such wonderful friendships, which remained long after we left places. And I’m also grateful for the tremendous support and companionship of the Sisters within the Congregation, which also remained even after we’d moved onto our different places.”

Margaret lived at Sandringham, in Victoria, at the time of her death. Rest in peace, Margaret. We miss you.


The Funeral Mass for Sr Margaret Kenny MSS was held at Sacred Heart Church, Fernhill Road in Sandringham on Thursday 7th January 2020. The Mass was live-streamed, with a recording of the funeral available here. A copy of the Mass booklet can be downloaded here.
Margaret was buried at Springvale Botanical Cemetery, Princes Highway, Springvale.

From all of our women, we thank you for your heartfelt messages of prayer, support and love. We really appreciate it.