Sr. Loretta McGrath
Born In: Sydney Mines, Nova Scotia, Canada
Passed in: Antigonish, Nova Scotia, Canada
Passed on: January 5th, 2012
Sister Loretta McGrath, formerly Sister Mary Roberta, 98, a Sister of St. Martha of Antigonish, died at Bethany, motherhouse, on Thursday, Jan. 5, 2012. She was in the 76th year of her religious life.
Born in Sydney Mines, N.S., Sister Loretta was one of nine children of the late R. Emmet and Annie (Sampson) McGrath.
Sister entered the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Martha on Jan. 6, 1935, pronounced her first vows on Jan. 4, 1937, and her perpetual profession of vows on July 22, 1940. In 1944 Sr. Loretta qualified as a registered x-ray technician and in 1966 she received a diploma in hospital departmental management.
After her profession of vows, Sister spent most of her life in ministry in the x-ray departments of hospitals operated by the congregation. She served at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Glace Bay; St. Martha’s Hospital, Antigonish; St. Rita Hospital, Sydney; New Waterford Consolidated Hospital, New Waterford, St. Mary’s Hospital, Inverness, and St. Martha’s Convent, on St. Francis Xavier University Campus, Antigonish.
Sister Loretta was the last surviving member of her immediate family. Besides her parents, she was predeceased by sisters, Miriam, Angeline, Rita and Gladys and brothers, Charles, James, Leonard and Emmet.
The remains will be resting at Bethany, beginning Sunday, Jan. 8 at 1:15 p.m., where a Celebration of Vigil will be held on the same evening at 7:30 p.m. Liturgy of Christian Burial will take place on Monday, Jan. 9, at 2 p.m. in Bethany Chapel.
Arrangements are under the direction of MacIsaac Funeral Home of Antigonish.