Callaghan, Sr. Mary
Congregational Register No: 350
First Profession: 08.09.1955
Died: 10.12.1972 Aged: 43 years
From Scotland, Mary entered in Drogheda on 6 March 1953. At her religious reception she was given the name Machar. Later she reverted to her baptismal name.
She was the Dux (leader) in her school before she entered. She started radiography studies while a second year novice, qualifying as a MSR in 1956, after which she worked in the x-ray department. in Drogheda.
In 1959, she was assigned to Tanzania, where she ministered first in Dareda and later in Kabanga. She returned to Ireland in 1970 because of ill health.
At a very early stage it was discovered that her white cell count was greatly diminished, and she had treatment. Because of this, she started studying physiotherapy at the Western Infirmary, Glasgow, as an alternative profession. During her second year in Glasgow she had to return to Drogheda because of recurring ill health. She died in Drogheda at the age of 43 years and is buried there.
Before leaving her room to go to the hospital shortly before her death (and in spite of her weakness), she organised her few belongings and spring-cleaned her room, so as to leave everything ship-shape for the infirmarian. That was our Sister Mary!