Sister Rose McHugh
1936 - 2022
1119 N SAINT MARYS Street
San Antonio, TX

Sister Rose McHugh, SHSP died peacefully at her home, Convent of the Holy Spirit and Mary Immaculate in San Antonio, Texas on January 13, 2022.

Born on April 7, 1936, Rose was the sixth of seven children born to John and Ellen McHugh in Mullaghmore, Moylough, County Galway, Ireland.

She entered the Sisters of the Holy Spirit in 1954 with a deep desire to be a missionary. This zeal for mission fueled every day of ministry for the rest of Sr. Rose's life.

For 33 years, she served as a teacher and parish minister in Texas and Louisiana and relished the relationships that she formed at each of her assignments. In San Antonio, Sr. Rose taught at Our Lady of Perpetual Help School on the Eastside.

In 1988, Sr. Rose was part of the first group of Holy Spirit Sisters to minister in the Western Province of Zambia. During her 25 years in Zambia, Sr. Rose trained RCIA teams, ran feeding programs for orphan children and the elderly and ministered to those ravaged by the AIDS pandemic.

In addition to her religious community who deeply loved her, Sr. Rose is mourned by her siblings, Sr. Annette McHugh, SHSp and Sr. Magdalen McHugh, D.C. and her niece and nephews in Ireland whom she cherished.


Because of the current circumstances surrounding COVID-19, a private Rosary and Mass of Christian Burial will be held at the Motherhouse.



Donations can be made in Sister Rose's memory to the ministries of the Sisters of the Holy Spirit and Mary Immaculate.

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As a teacher from Ireland bringing a group of lads out to Zambia for the first time in 2005 I began a friendship with Sr Rose that I will always cherish . Her smile , her energy and her empathy were unmatched . In later years you became a family friend and confidante of my mam . She was heartbroken to hear of your passing . Rose , you have earned your rest but I will miss you and I will always value what both my students and I learned from you .
Conor Flood
January 16, 2022
Sincere condolences on the sad passing of Winnie (Sr.Rose). Fond memories of a wonderful lady with the kindest heart and great stories when she came home to Mullaghmore. Rest in peace Winnie.
Chrissie and Paraic Devane
January 16, 2022
Jimmy Laffey
January 15, 2022
The Benevolence of Humanity in Zambia – Sister Rose McHugh: Sister of the Holy Spirit and Mary Immaculate.

It was in the early years of this millennium that O’Connell Secondary School, Dublin, Ireland, first got involved in the Zambian Immersion Programme. This programme allows staff and students from Ireland to connect with communities in the Developing World. Many of our staff members and students have proudly participated in immersion programmes in Mongu, Western Province, Zambia, and our school community has actively fund-raised for a number of projects there. Our contact person over the years and one of the main driving forces advocating for the poor in Mongu, was the indomitable Sister Rose McHugh. It was with great sadness that we learnt on January 13th of Sister Rose’s death in San Antonio, Texas. Our heartfelt condolences to Sister Rose’s grieving family and community.

Sister Rose truly was an authentic an inspiring lady. In Zambia, she spent 25 years caring for others and taught us all how to love and care for others through her vision. Many (past and present) O’Connell Secondary School students, teachers, special needs assistants, donors, parents and wider school community members, have all been touched by this wonderful lady who has shown us all the way to do good for our fellow human beings. We witnessed Sister Rose training the RCIA teams, running the many feeding programmes for orphaned children and the elderly, and ministering to those ravaged by the AIDS pandemic.

‘Kondwa’ in the local Bantu dialect means ‘to be happy’ and we can truly say that we are happy because we have met you Sister Rose. You have most definitely ‘Fought the good fight’ and ‘You have won the race’. We will miss you Sister Rose, a force for good with action inspired by a genuine concern for others. Rest in Peace Sister Rose.

Gerry Duffy, Ex O’Connell Secondary School, Dublin, Ireland.
Gerry Duffy
January 15, 2022
Sincere condolences on Winnie’s (Sr.Rose) passing. A wonderful lady, whom we loved to meet when she visited her home in Ireland. Great memories of times with her and her extended family over the years. Rest in peace Winnie.
Mary Comerford (Killarney family)
January 15, 2022
Sister Rose, or Winnie to us who grew up in her neighbourhood, was always a guiding light to our younger days and a wonderful support in our adult days. Her work as teacher and missionary was greatly admired by all who had the privilege of knowing her. She added fun and information to our lives in so many ways, not least as being a wonderful aunt. Her visits back to Ireland were eagerly awaited and fully appreciated as she visited Galway, Dublin and Salthill.
Rest in Peace Winnie.
Danny and Jackie Challoner
January 14, 2022
It is with sorrow that we received the message about Sr. Rose's death. My daughter and I had the pleasure to meet her and Sr. Magdalen many years ago when we visited the McHugh farm in Ireland. She was delightful and full of spirit. Over the years I have kept up with her through her sister Sr. Annette who always called me and updated us about the McHughs. They are a wonderful family and have given so much of themselves to the world and those they love. May God shine his goodness and love upon her. RIP, Elizabeth McCue and daughter Kate
January 13, 2022
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