Sister Margaret (Malachy) Sullivan, IHM
Born on March 1, 1916, in Barry’s Bay, Ontario, Canada, Margaret Sullivan joined the family of Michael and Catherine (Quilty) Sullivan. The family moved to Detroit in 1927. Along with her brothers and sisters, Margaret attended All Saints and St. Boniface Elementary Schools, and St. Gregory and St. Cecilia High Schools. In her junior year at St. Cecelia’s, she entered the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Monroe, and received the religious name Sister Malachy. She graduated the following year from St. Mary Academy, Monroe. Four of her sisters, and other aunts and cousins, also joined the IHM community.
Sister Margaret’s education included a bachelor’s degree at Marygrove College and a Master of Arts degree from the University of Detroit. Her teaching ministry spanned 35-plus years in elementary schools in Port Huron and Detroit at St. Stephen; St. Agnes, St. Francis de Sales, Gesu, St. Agnes, Our Lady of Good Counsel and Christ the King; as well as, Holy Name, Birmingham; St. Vincent, Pontiac; and Sacred Heart, Dearborn.
In the early 1970s, Sister Margaret transitioned into parish and pastoral ministry. She served the parishes of St. Mary of Redford, Detroit, and St. Thomas Aquinas, New Port Richey, Fla., for many years. In the 1980s, her ministry focused on educational administration and pastoral work with the elderly in Florida at St. William, Naples; and at Rocky Creek Village, Tampa.
Sister Margaret retired to the Motherhouse in 2004, enjoying the friendships of many sisters and former students and participating in community activities. This year marks Sister Margaret’s 85th Jubilee as an IHM Sister.
Sister Margaret is survived by her sisters, Sister Genevieve (Mary Clifford), IHM, and Sister Janet, IHM; nieces and nephews, and her sisters in community. She was preceded in death by her brothers, Cecil, Clifford, Michael and Terrence; and her sisters, Angela Gallagher, Nora Welch, Sylvia Sullivan, Mary Leona (Sister Marie Sylvia), IHM, and Mary Loretta (Sister Angela), IHM.
Read her Remembering.