Dedicated, inspirational educator, a woman of integrity and wisdom, mentor, friend, “a class act.” These words and more were repeated time and again on Wednesday, May 8, when faculty, students, staff, Sisters of Charity, and friends gathered to honor Sister Margaret Egan for forty-eight years of service at the College of Mount Saint Vincent and sixty years in education.
Elected last March to serve on the Sisters of Charity 2019–2023 Leadership Council, Sister Margaret’s illustrious career in education will come to a close on Monday, May 13, when her class, Assessment and Remediation of Reading Disabilities, is ended. Sister Margaret began teaching at the Mount in 1971 and served as Chair of the Teacher Education Department from 1988 to 2006.
Dr. MaryEllen Sullivan, Chair of Teacher Education from 2006 to 2018 and current Associate Professor, honored Sister Margaret with these words:
Look around this room at all of the people who took the time to join us, to let you know what a special part of their lives you have been…what a special part of this college you have been…forty-eight years serving and living the motto, “Teach me goodness, discipline and knowledge.”…So, thank you. May God continue to bless you and very simply—we so dearly love you Margaret!
Current Chair of Teacher Education Dr. Erika Gillette followed adding, “Sister Margaret is someone that inspires all of us to be better. Everyone I meet that is an alum of CMSV or has met her in the schools we work with, asks about her and how she is doing. Her love, dedication, and passion for children and their education will continue through her students and everyone she has met.”
Moved and humbled, Sister Margaret said, “If I may use a part of one of my favorite psalms—Psalm 115— ‘not to me, O God, but to your name give the glory.’”
Sister Margaret will begin serving as Councilor on the Sisters of Charity Leadership Team on July 1. Congratulations, Sister Margaret, on your well-deserved recognition, and thank you for your sixty years of dedicated service in education.
Congratulations, Margaret. Looking back over the decades to your days at Holy Name School, I can confirm that the Egan sisters were a blessing to my classroom. It is good to see that the blessings continued to spread all these years later.
For the past, praise and thanksgiving! For the future, prayers and blessings!
Ad multos annos!
Congrats to Sr. Margaret Egan! If it weren’t for you I would not be a Reading teacher, a job I absolutely LOVE.
There must be thousands of teachers whom you inspired. What a legacy!
Thank you again, Sr. Margaret!
Congratulations Sister Margaret Well deserved accolades
Sister Margaret was an integral part of my success at The Mount. She was a voice a reason, always supportive, and full of wisdom. I pray that the Lord continues to bless her in her future endeavors. Thank you for everything Sister Margaret!
Congratulations on the next chapter in your journey Sister Margaret.
Thank you for all your years of service and dedication to thousands of educators!
You are an amazing teacher, colleague, mentor, role model and friend.
All my best and may God bless you!
Andrea Podesta-Marteclass of 1994
Congratulations Sister Margaret Egan- you are an amazing gift to the Mount and to so many students!! Much ❤️Class of 1987
Congratulations, Sister! To borrow a quote, “For everything that has been, thanks-For everything that will be, yes.” Keep on inspiring and leading! Joan Grogan Mangan CMSV’76
Congratulations Aunt Margaret! A well deserved honor. You have made such an impression on all of the people in your life. Enjoy the next chapter!
Love, Joe and Annemarie xoxo
Congratulations, Sister Margaret!!
Some of my best memories of the Mount are with you.
Christy Gilmartin Clark CMSV ’87
Sister Margaret hired me at the College way back in 1979. I spent a wonderful eight years there, eventually becoming Chair of the Department and Associate Professor of Education. I will always be grateful to Sister Margaret for the opportunity to work in such a wonderful environment. I loved my colleagues, my students and the many staff members who made CMSV the wonderful place that it was to work and learn. Most of all, I was inspired by Sister Margaret whose leadership, guidance and direction influenced many to teach with confidence, competence and compassion. Joann, I and all of the Napolitano’s wish Margaret continued happiness and success as part of a great leadership team. God bless all of you.
Sister Margaret, a most hearty congratulations! You were such an inspiration to me at a job I loved for 40+ years. You gave me insights into how children learn and why children fail. You taught me organization, compassion and professionalism. Your fingerprint is on every child I have ever taught. Truly know that your reach has exceeded your grasp!
I know you will bring your uniqueness to your next adventure and all will be the better for it. God bless you and know you are always in my prayers
I worked as the administrative assistant in the teacher education department with Sr. Margaret for 10 years and have the fondest memories during that time. She was a patient, caring person to all who have been blessed to know her. I wish for you all the happiness on your well deserved retirement.