In Memoriam

Sister Mary Nugent, OP (Clare Patrick)


Among the many youngsters who experienced World War II in an up close and personal way were the six children of Patrick and Margaret (McKeigue) Nugent, one of whom went on to become our Sister Mary Nugent.

Patrick and Margaret were both Irish immigrants to Chicago in the early 1920s, with Patrick coming from Dublin and Margaret from Galway. They married in Chicago in 1926 and soon had a son, Richard, who died of pneumonia at just six weeks of age. Over time, six girls followed; Mary Therese, the oldest, was born on May 10, 1929.

The family moved to England in 1936 after Mary finished first grade, because Patrick, who worked for Philco Radio, was sent there to learn from the British engineers who were developing the then-new technology of television. Three girls were in the family at the time: Mary, Pat, and Eleanor.

What Patrick and Margaret hadn’t planned on when they and the children set off on their overseas adventure, of course, was World War II. The family moved from England to Ireland to be near their relatives literally just as the war broke out in 1939. The ship they were on arrived in Dublin just as Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain’s announcement that war had been declared on Germany was being broadcast over the ship’s P.A. system.

“I was ten years old,” Sister Mary wrote in her autobiography. “I didn’t realize all the implications of those words, but I did notice that my mother, standing next to me, was crying. I don’t think I had ever seen her cry before.”

Read more about Sister Mary (PDF)

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Avatar  Barbara Yassin 12 months agoReply

My Aunt was Sister Helene Burns and Sister Clara was very kind to correspond with me and show Sister Helene my letters. I also received wonderful afghan blankets knitted by Sisters, which my children used.
It is strange how things work. I am about to move from my home of 25 years and today I was cleaning out a coffee table drawer and found Sister Clara's letter from 2007. So I decided to google her and was surprised she passed only a few days ago. I regret not reaching out before she passed, but I am glad she had a long life and I can leave a note for her friends, today.
May God be with you,
Barbara Burns Yassin

Avatar  Carole Daugherty 12 months agoReply

I worked at Rosarian Academy while Mary was our principal. She was a wonderful principal and had so much energy. She worked 7 days a week. You could find her in her office Saturday and Sunday. I also visited her while she was working in London. When I visited Adrian 4 years ago, I went to see Mary. I was so surprised that she called me by name. It brought tears to my eyes. May she rest in peace.

Carole Daugherty
San Diego, CA

Avatar  Sharon Wimple 12 months agoReply

I so enjoyed my conversations with Mary. Her insights regarding the Blitz and other events during WWII inspired her in many ways. I feel privileged to have known her and shared in her journey.

Avatar  Rosemary R BONADIES 12 months agoReply

God Bless Sr. Mary Nugent. She helped me make a decision to move from teaching at Rosarian to Religious Education ministry at St. Ignatius Loyola in Palm Beach Gardens, Fl, now the Cathedral of the Diocese of Palm Beach. RIP.

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