Margaret Rodericks, SCN, 86, was born January 28, 1937, in Bandra, Bombay, India, to Rudolph Anthony Roderick and Florence G. Ferreira. One of six children, she was their only daughter. She died on October 21, 2023, at Nazareth, Ky. She was a professed Sister of Charity of Nazareth for 60 years.
Sister Margaret said she was raised in a spiritual atmosphere of prayer and service. She believes this is why three of the six children in her family entered religious life.
Before joining the SCNs, Sister Margaret received a teaching diploma from St. Xavier Institute in India. Sister Margaret completed the SCN Juniorate Program in 1964 in Mokama, Bihar, India. She was a Nazareth College, Nazareth, KY student until 1965. She earned a Master’s degree in Psychology from Fordham University in New York and a Master’s Degree in Pastoral Counseling from Iona College in New York.
From 1970-1972, she served in the Department of Documentation and Planning for the Catholic Bishops Conference of India.
Sister Margaret served her SCN Community for many years as the Assistant Director of Formation in Mokama and Director of Education and Temporary Professed in Mokama and Ranchi. She served in leadership as the Provincial in Mokama, Bihar, India from 1977-1983. Later, she was General Secretary of the Congregation at Nazareth from 1993-1998.
In 1984 she began teaching as a college instructor for Thomas Baptista Junior College in Bassein, India, and St. Gonsalo Garcia Senior College in Bassein. In 1988, Sister Margaret served as a consultant to the Center for Academic Development at Spalding University in Louisville, Ky. Sister Margaret worked for many years at Spalding University in academic development and as the international student coordinator.
She is survived by her brother, Audry R. J. Rodericks, of Girona, Spain, by her extended family and by her religious community, the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth.
The Funeral Mass will be on Thursday, Oct. 26, at 10:30 a.m. Visitation will be Wednesday, Oct. 25 at 4 p.m., and Wake at 6:30 p.m. All will be held at St. Vincent Church, Nazareth, Ky. Burial in the Nazareth Cemetery.
Funeral Arrangements are being handled by Houghlin Greenwell Funeral Home, 1475 New Shepherdsville Road, Bardstown, Ky. 40004. Memorials may be offered to the Office of Mission Advancement, P.O. Box 9, Nazareth, Ky., 40048.