Rural and Migrant Ministry Honors Sister Margaret Rose Smyth
Rural & Migrant Ministry (RMM) honored the legacy of Sister Margaret Rose Smyth at the Farmworker Celebration & Walk on Sunday September 24, 2023, at the Sisters of St. Joseph in Brentwood. “Sister Margaret was a tireless advocate for social justice, particularly for the Latino community and farmworkers on Long Island,” wrote Richard Witt, Executive Director, Rural & Migrant Ministry, Inc. “Her impact was felt throughout the region and her work was a true inspiration to many.”
Some of our sisters attended the event including Sisters Diane Capuano, Regina Corde Hockenberry, Flor Buruca, Helen Mulbauer, Diane Morgan, Emily Masse and S. Honora Nolty.
The Executive Director of the program Richard Witt had this to say about our own Sister Margaret: “Sister Margaret Smyth, or Hermana Margarita as she was affectionately known, blazed the trail for the presence of Rural & Migrant Ministry on Long Island. I first met Sister Margaret over twenty years ago, and was struck by her fierce loyalty to farmworkers on the East End of Long Island. Years later, as RMM launched the Justice For Farmworkers Campaign, it took little to convince the general population of the plight of farmworkers because of the work of Sister Margaret, who built upon the work of Cesar Chavez…With her passing, there is a huge gap in support for the arriving and existing immigrants into the region, a gap that will take multitudes of people to fill. RMM remains committed to partnering with the Spanish Apostolate and others to ensure that the ministry, love and passion of Sister Margaret is carried forth. In the meantime, we offer our thanksgivings for her presence and witness.”