Mother Margaret Mary
MOTHER MARGARET Mary who was Abbess of the Poor Clare monastery at Hereford for 12 years has died at the age of 85.
Born Gertrude McNulty in Sheffield, Mother Margaret Mary entered the Poor Clare order in Lower Bullingham, Hereford when she was 18 years old.
She professed 64 years ago.
During her time at Hereford she was novice mistress before becoming Abbess and saw many changes over the years, including the departure from the old convent and the beginning of a new era when the community moved to purpose-built, modern premises at nearby Much Birch.
Mother Margaret Mary will be remembered for her capable administrative qualities and her keen grasp of current affairs which was a source of delight to visitors to the convent at Much Birch.
Her brother Ralph McNulty, a Redemptorist brother, died some years ago. The funeral was at the Poor Clare chapel at Hereford.
The Requiem Mass was celebrated by Archbishop Emeritus John Aloysius Ward, the retired archbishop of Cardiff, assisted by Abbot Paul of Belmont Abbey and concelebrated by priests from the abbey.
The Mother Abbess of Much Birch, Mother Veronica, attended along with the community.