Vale Sr Margaret: A remarkable woman who believed in the dignity and potential of every person

March 12, 2021

It’s with great sadness that we learnt of the passing of Sister Margaret on 4 March 2021. Sr Margaret was the visionary behind the establishment of the Nazareth Centre for Rehabilitation, a valued and longstanding partner of IWDA.

The vital work of the Nazareth Centre is a testament to Sr Margaret’s vision and deep determination to create a place where everyone was safe and valued. She was a kind, warm-hearted and wise woman who continued to contribute to others beyond her active service years. Sr Margaret is remembered as a woman of peace who brought joy and love and always had time for others.

A message from Bettina Baldeschi, CEO of IWDA

The IWDA community was deeply saddened to learn of the death of Sr Margaret, a truly remarkable woman whose life demonstrated the transformative power of deep conviction and belief in the dignity and potential of every person. The Nazareth Centre is a testament to Sr Margaret’s vision and deep determination to create a place of safety and solace, as the centre and heart of wider change. It will be her enduring legacy. Sr Margaret’s passion, fearlessness, kindness and commitment to women and their children lives on in changed lives and a vital institution. To Sr Margaret and the family of sisters who worked with her, we send our deep respect and honour your contributions.

Sister Margaret pictured with Bettina Baldeschi

A message from Elena Leddra, IWDA

She was kind and wise, welcoming and warm-hearted. She has contributed so much to the Congregation of Sisters of Nazareth and also to Nazareth Centre for Rehabilitation. Even during her golden years, she was still very active and didn’t sit without contributing to the CSN and the community, she was teaching young women how to do crafts, make billums, necklaces and other creative things, which is a wonderful skill to have and share.

Sister Margaret pictured with Elena Leddra
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