Sr Marguerite: “I have never felt so free”Print
Sr Marguerite Moloney was one of the Sisters of Charity’s most gifted music teachers. Now in her 90s, she feels liberated by the passing of the years. “I have never felt so free,” she said of both her religious life and her life in general.
1) When did you know you had a vocation?
In my teenage years.
2) How did your family react?
3) What was the process like then to join the Sisters of Charity in 1945?
It was war time, so it took some organising.
4) How many joined with you, and how many are still in the Congregation?
Thirteen joined with me; two left after Profession.
5) You were a teacher? What were you were keen on pursuing?
My music ministry.
6) What is the major difference you see now in religious life compared with when you first entered?
There is more freedom, spiritual and otherwise. We are more responsible for our decisions.
7) What was your most challenging time?
I suppose after Vatican II when things made more sense!
8) When people discover you are a religious Sister, what is their reaction?
9) What do you see as the future for apostolic religious life in Australia?
Religious life is changing. It will never again be as I knew it – and that maybe a good thing!