Sister Margaret William McDonald O.P.
Sister Margaret William McDonald
Born in Newark and raised in Livingston, Sister Margaret William spent her entire seventy-five years of Dominican life in service to the people of God and their children in New Jersey. Her education ministry began in a classroom in Saint Michael’s School, Union, from 1943 to 1958. Between 1958 and 1975, she served as a teacher in St. Philip School, Clifton, and as principal of Saint Raphael School, Livingston, and Ascension School, New Milford. In 1975, she returned to St. Michaels’s, Union, as principal and remained in that position for twenty-eight years. Her influence extended beyond the school, first of all, to the priests who counted on her common sense counsel and to the school children’s parents who shared their problems with her. Through activities like Christmas concerts and the Kelly Street Players theatre productions, she extended the vibrant spirit of St. Michael’s out into the community. By the time Sister retired in 2003, she had educated and inspired three generations of St. Michael’s parishioners for almost fifty years. Those years proved to be an era of rapid and dramatic change in the Church, in education, and in society. In the midst of sometimes chaotic upheaval, Sister Margaret William’s faith, kindness, and humor provided everyone in her parish family with a constant reminder of God’s abiding love.