Sister M. Rosita Corrigan

Margaret was the fourth of eight children of Scottish parents, Francis and Louise Corrigan. She was brought up in Newtown and was educated at St Joseph’s there.

After some years in the workforce she became a Theresian and through this contact with the Sisters of Charity she decided to join them. Margaret entered the Sisters of Charity on 2nd February 1945. She received the religious habit as Sister M. Rosita on 7th August 1945. After her profession on 22nd August 1947, she was appointed to the position of Portress at St Vincent’s Potts Point, remaining there till 1959. In that quite demanding position, in a large community, Sister Rosita was remarkable for her cheerful hospitality and the warm welcome she extended to all visitors.

Part of her duty was looking after the priests who in those days celebrated daily Mass in the convent Chapel. Over the years she brought that same gentleness and perfection of detail to all the ministries entrusted to her. Whether with the children at Aikenhead House, Hobart, as laundry supervisor at Potts Point, or finally in her long years as receptionist at St Joseph’s Hospital Auburn, she was a compassionate presence to all who came.

Sister Rosita had many interests ~ she loved cooking, was keenly interested in sport particularly cricket and racing, enjoyed doing jigsaws, and was a skilful knitter. She had a gift for floral arrangement especially showing this talent in the decoration of the Chapel.

Sister Rosita and her family were very close. They met every month and had a family celebration at Christmas on Boxing Day each year. Rosita was particularly devoted to her brother Father Frank, first parish priest of Bass Hill, who died some twenty years ago. The naming of the parish hall in his honour gives evidence of the high regard in which his parishioners held him. Rosita was happy and proud to be at this dedication ceremony.

All who lived with Rosita must have been impressed by her faithfulness to Mass, which she attended daily, despite years of poor health. She was most prayerful, had a great love of Our Lady and a special devotion to the Rosary. She loved her retreats at Douglas Park, where she liked to spend Holy Week and celebrate Easter. This year’s retreat, her last, followed closely on a period in hospital.

Though there must be sadness in parting, we can be confident that Sister Rosita has been warmly welcomed by the God she served so devotedly.

Sr M. Rosita died on 1st November 2003.