Sister Marguerite Buchanan, RSM
Sister Marguerite Buchanan died May 26, 2021, at Marian Oaks Care Center in Burlingame. Born in 1932 in Berkeley, CA to Duncan and Margaret Dunne Buchanan, and named Barbara, she graduated from Holy Names High School and enrolled at St. Mary's Hospital School of Nursing in San Francisco. It was there she met the Sisters of Mercy and entered the community in Burlingame in 1951. She received the religious name of Sister Mary Marguerite and professed first vows in 1953.
Sister Marguerite completed a BA degree at USF and earned MA degrees in physics and in Educational Administration. She taught science and religion at Mercy High School in San Francisco and later at Mercy in Burlingame. She also served as principal and then as development director in each of these schools.
In 1985 she completed training in spiritual direction, and then earned an MA in transpersonal psychology. She served on the staff of Mercy Center from 1985 – 2003.
Leading centering prayer at San Quentin Prison and the Federal Correctional Institution for Women made her aware of challenges women face following time in prison and inspired a new work. In 2003 in collaboration with the St. Vincent de Paul Society, she opened Catherine Center, a live-in program providing integrated services to post-incarcerated women. She was administrator there until 2011, and continued to play a significant role until her death. Her passion for justice never waned; she also stayed involved in a number of local ministries and encouraged others to do the same.
Sister Marguerite will be remembered for her joyful spirit, compassion, creative planning skills and ability to delegate and involve others in her good works.
She is preceded in death by her brothers Duncan and David and survived by her nephew Paul (Penny), and nieces Mary, Katie (Jason), and Peggy (George), other loving relatives, friends, and her community of Sisters of Mercy.
A Vigil Service will be held on Thursday, June 24 at 7 p.m. at Mercy Convent Chapel, 2300 Adeline Drive, Burlingame. The Funeral Mass will be at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, June 25, also at Mercy Convent Chapel. Burial will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery. Both Vigil and Mass will be livestreamed. Space at services is limited. IMPORTANT: If you wish to attend either or both services in-person, please request a ticket on line at https//mercy-center.org. For the safety and protection of all, we ask that those attending bring proof of vaccination and wear a mask.
Memorial gifts may be made to the Sisters of Mercy, 2300 Adeline Drive, Burlingame, CA 94010, or to Mercy Center at the same address, or to Catherine Center at the following link: https://svdpsm.org/donate
Published by San Francisco Chronicle from Jun. 8 to Jun. 13, 2021.