Sister Margaret Gavaghan, S.S.J. (formerly Sister Ann Joachim), 81, died Dec. 24 at Holy Redeemer Hospital in Huntingdon Valley. She was in the 62nd year of her religious life.
The daughter of the late James and Margaret Gavaghan, she attended Ascension Grade School and Little Flower High School in Philadelphia.
In September 1957 she entered the Sisters of St. Joseph, Chestnut Hill, and professed her final vows in 1965.
Sister Margaret ministered in the archdioceses of Philadelphia and Washington and the dioceses of Allentown and Trenton.
She was the sister of James Gavaghan, Kathleen Gispert, Patricia Gozdan, Thomas Gavaghan, Joseph Gavaghan, Patricia Gavaghan and the late Michael Gavaghan and Sister MaryAnn Gavaghan. She is also survived by members of her congregation, the Sisters of St. Joseph.
The funeral Mass was celebrated Dec. 30 at St. Joseph Villa, Flourtown.
Donations may be made in Sister Margaret’s name to St. Joseph Villa, 110 W. Wissahickon Ave., Flourtown, PA 19031.
Help us keep you informed -- CatholicPhilly.com can't do it without youDuring CatholicPhilly.com's fall donation campaign, you have a way to help us deliver the kind of news you need to know about the Catholic Church, especially in the Philadelphia region, and the world in which we live. Every household's costs keep rising, and we're no different. We make sure your dollars in any amount go a long way toward continuing our mission to inform, form in the Catholic faith and inspire the thousands of readers who visit every month. Here is how you can help:
- A $100 gift allows us to present award-winning photos of Catholic life in our neighborhoods.
- A $50 gift enables us to cover a news event in a local parish, school or Catholic institution.
- A $20 gift lets us obtain solid faith formation resources that can deepen your spirituality and knowledge of the faith.
- A small, automated monthly donation means you can support us continually and easily.
Please join in the church's vital mission of communications by offering a gift in whatever amount that you can -- a single gift of $40, $50, $100, or more, or a monthly donation. Your gift will strengthen the fabric of our entire Catholic community.
Make your donation by check:
222 N. 17th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Or by credit card here: