Sister Mary Megan Farrelly, OP

Sister M. Megan's Services


Visitation: 4:00 p.m. - 6:15 p.m., Thursday, March7, 2019 at Aquinas Center, Sacred Heart Convent, 1237 W. Monroe St. in Springfield. The visitation will begin with a prayer service.

Funeral Mass: 6:30 p.m., Thursday, March 7, 2019 at Sacred Heart Convent Chapel with Father Peter Witchousky, OP, celebrant.

Morning Prayer, Remembering, and Final Commendation: 10:30 a.m., Friday, March 8, 2019 at Sacred Heart Convent Chapel. Cremation rights accorded to Butler Funeral Home. Burial follows at Calvary Cemetery.

In Aurora: A memorial mass is scheduled for 11 a.m., Saturday, March 23 at Rosary High School, 901 Edgelawn Drive, in the school's McEnroe Auditorium. A reception/luncheon will follow. Contributions may be made to establish a scholarship in Sister Megan's name.

Springfield Dominican Sister M. Megan Farrelly died March 3, 2019 at Presence Mercy Medical Center, Aurora. She was born in Chicago in 1946, and named Elizabeth Agnes by her parents, James D. and Roberta Barclay Farrelly. She made her profession of vows in 1966 at Sacred Heart Convent, Springfield, Ill.

Sister M. Megan dedicated her entire religious life to education, teaching primary and junior high students, college students, adults, and challenged teens over the span of 53 years. Before illness required her to cease ministry, she was interim principal, Rosary High School, Aurora. Prior to that she was assistant principal and curriculum director at IC Prep, Elmhurst, and an adjunct teacher at Dominican University. Sister M. Megan taught in schools in central and northern Illinois including St. John Bosco, Our Lady of Grace, and St. Christina, Chicago; St. Mary, New Berlin, and St. Paul, Odell, where she was also principal. She was principal at Cathedral, Springfield, and Rosary High School, Aurora. She also taught at Waubonsee College, and Benedictine University. In the 1990s she relished the challenge of teaching at Garfield Alternative High School, Chicago.

Sister M. Megan was preceded in death by her parents, her brothers Terrence “Deg” and James Farrelly, and her sister Peg Wareham. She is survived by her brothers Gerald (Barbara), Dennis (Diane), Patrick (Kay) and John (Vicky) Farrelly; her sister Deirdre (William) Dreger, her sister-in-law Adrienne Farrelly, brother-in-law Robert Wareham,and many nieces, nephews, and beloved friends.

Visitors are welcome.

3 thoughts on “Sister Mary Megan Farrelly, OP”

  1. Sister Megan and I met as seventh grade teaching partners at Our Lady of Grace School in the late 80s. Our shared experiences there became the basis for an enduring friendship. From the outset, I was (and remain) inspired by her integrity, courage, and intelligence. In her case, these admirable qualities were accompanied by a sharp and enlivening sense of humor. Working together made us colleagues, laughing together made us friends. I will miss her deeply, but I know she will live on through the many, many, many lives she has touched and enriched.
    –Paul Caccia

  2. sr.mary francis

    Eternal rest grant to Sr.Meagan. I will always be grateful for the professional expertise and spiritual guidance she provided me when I became Principal of Mt. Assisi Academy. Her assistance was a treasured gift.
    May she continue to watch over us.
    Sr.Mary Francis Werner

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