Sister Mary Milligan
“It was in her heart that Mary discovered her own identity. She was at one and the same time daughter of the Father and daughter of her own people. From the rich symbol of the heart of Mary which has been given to us as an Institute, let us learn interiority, let us learn poverty and gentleness of heart.” (Sister Mary Milligan, 1982)
Mary Milligan was born January 23, 1935, in Los Angeles, California, USA. She entered the Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary in Tarrytown, New York, and completed her novitiate at the Mother House in Béziers, France. Sister Mary taught in Neuilly, France, and at Marymount College in Palos Verdes, California. She served as General Councillor to Sister Marguerite Marie Goncalves. She was elected General Superior in 1980.
Before becoming General Superior, Sister Mary coordinated the Institute-wide process of revising the Constitutions of the Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary. After her election, she visited the provinces to give retreats on the new Constitutions which were approved by the Holy See on February 24, 1983. Sister Mary fostered ongoing renewal through the study of the history and primary sources of the Institute. She appointed the first coordinator of the RSHM mission in Africa. She served as General Superior until 1985, and died on April 2, 2011.