Sister Margaret Ann Coughlin of Buffalo Joins Congressman for White House Event
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) was joined by Sister Margaret Ann Coughlin, RSM for a ceremony in Washington, DC today, Wednesday, April 16th, in honor of Pope Benedict’s XVI first visit to the United States.
“His Holiness and this Nation share common goals for a more compassionate, free and just society,” said Congressman Brian Higgins. “His message is inspiration for us all and I am honored to have shared this experience with Sister Margaret Ann Coughlin, a woman who has dedicated her life to the very principles Pope Benedict spoke of today.”
Sister Margaret Ann, who serves in Buffalo with the Sisters of Mercy, was invited by Congressman Higgins to attend the private event on the south lawn of White House. Sister Margaret Ann, who joined the Sisters of Mercy at age 17, is celebrating her 50th jubilee.
She was the Pastoral Care Minister at Mercy Hospital prior to her current work as a Pastoral Caregiver to the children and families of Our Lady of Victory Basilica Baker Home for Children. An alumnus of Mt. Mercy Academy and recipient of the “Spirit of Mercy Award,” Sister earned a master of divinity from Notre Dame University. In her earlier years, Sister taught at several Catholic schools in Buffalo and served as the music Minister at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart School in Orchard Park.
This weekend the Sisters of Mercy will celebrate their 150th Anniversary with the Buffalo Diocese. Congressman Higgins will recognize the Sisters of Mercy Anniversary in a speech on the floor of the House of Representatives later today.
“Since 1858, when they first arrived in Buffalo’s Old First Ward, the Sisters of Mercy have been recognized for their unwavering dedication to their neighbors in need,” said Congressman Higgins. “Today the Sisters continue this legacy of service, helping people here live more fulfilling lives and providing the foundation for a compassionate Western New York community.”