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SISTER MARGARET BRAULT, RSM

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SISTER MARGARET BRAULT, RSM - BURLINGTON - Sister Margaret Brault, RSM, 82, of the Sisters of Mercy Northeast Community, died in Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington on, July 2, 2014, following a six-year struggle with Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis. Sr. Margaret was a Religious Sister of Mercy for 65 years. Sr. Margaret (Jeannette Marie Claire Brault) was born in Winooski on Oct. 25, 1931, the daughter of Irene (Viens) and George E. Brault. She was educated at St. Louis Convent/St. Francis Xavier Elementary in Winooski, and Mt. St. Mary Academy, Burlington. She is a graduate of Trinity College, Burlington, with a BA in English. She received an MS in chemistry from the University of Notre Dame and a PhD in chemistry from the University of Vermont. Sr. Margaret entered the Sisters of Mercy on Aug. 15, 1949, and made her profession of vows on Aug. 18, 1952. Sr. Margaret taught at Cathedral Grammar School, Christ the King in Burlington, Cathedral High and Rice Memorial. She taught in the Chemistry Department and was also Alumnae Director at Trinity College. Sr. Margaret published several times in the Journal of the American Chemical Society. In the late 1970s, Sr. Margaret's passion for social justice began to surface when her work as a chemist made her increasingly aware of the inequities between women and men in the workplace. Because of this, she became involved in women's issues. Sr. Margaret became the Director of the Burlington Shelter for Battered Women. In time, she was hired by the religious communities of Syracuse, N.Y., to lead a Peace & Justice Center involved in numerous justice issues. As she became familiar with poverty issues in developing countries, she traveled to El Salvador, Nicaragua, Mexico and Peru to educate herself. As funding for the Center disappeared, her ministry moved to Washington, D.C., where she worked for NETWORK, New Ways Ministry, Environmental Action, and the Institute of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas. After returning to Vermont in 1999, Sr. Margaret became a founding member and leader in Vermont Interfaith Action (VIA) representing the Sisters of Mercy. Sr. Margaret always dreamed of the day when there would be equality and justice for all people and a world without war. Sr. Margaret is survived by her brother, Raymond C. Brault and his wife, Jackie, of Florida; sister, Doris Whalen of North Carolina; nieces, Catherine Jackson, Denise Whalen, Margaret McFarlane and husband, Craig, Patricia Lariviere and husband, Brian, Regan Garey and husband, Frank, Brenna Demetree and husband, Elias, and Susan Hartman and husband, Robert; nephew, Peter Brault and wife, Lauren; several grandnieces and grandnephews; and her sisters in religion, the Sisters of Mercy. She was predeceased by her parents, Irene (Viens) and George E. Brault. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, July 5, 2014, in Mt. St. Mary Chapel at 11 a.m. Visiting hours will be from 6 to 8 p.m., with a prayer service at 7 p.m., on Friday, July 4, 2014, at Mt. St. Mary's. Arrangements are in the care of the Ready Funeral Home South Chapel, 261 Shelburne Road, Burlington. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Sisters of Mercy in support of their ministerial works, c/o the Local Coordinator, Administrative Office, 100 Mansfield Avenue, Burlington, VT 05401.

Published in The Burlington Free Press on July 4, 2014
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