God’s Love Radiates Through Her
By Evelyn Fugazzi, SCN
Fond Memories of Working with Children
Sister Margaret Lillian Davenport grew up in Louisville and her first contact with women religious was the Little Sisters of the Poor who cared for her Great-Grandmother. The idea of being a sister someday was sown in that experience. Before entering the convent, Margaret worked at American Printing House for the Blind and as a telephone operator. She shares, “Life at home was filled with music; my three brothers and I were all taught to play piano and guitar by ear.” Her dad served in the Merchant Marines and her three brothers joined the military. Her youngest brother received a medical discharge and has suffered chronic illness ever since. Margaret has legal guardianship for him and currently cares for him. She also ministers at Nazareth Home in Community Services.
Margaret loves being a Sister and states, “My presence among all of us living life is valuable as a facet of God’s love radiated through me! I am present to the residents of Maria Hall/Nazareth Home by helping the sisters in a variety of ways. It is a great joy for me to be privileged to serve Sister Rita Agnes McBride each day; Sister was my teacher in Grades one and two at St. John’s school.” Margaret also serves as part-time catechist in an inter-parish CRE Program.
A favorite memory for Margaret is teaching at Old St. Thomas School. She felt a connection with the people there because of the Nelson County roots of her Mother. She enjoyed preparing school liturgies, using her musical ability there, and feeling accepted. Because she was familiar with community history, she was called on to be tour guide to visitors. She could even share stories of the trees that had been planted in memory of those who had gone before.
Margaret’s hobbies include gathering genealogical information via computer, letter writing, reading. She especially appreciates art and classical music. Her social justice involvement includes serving as a member of both our SCNCCR and NAMI. She writes letters to legislators requesting benefits for the mentally ill.