Margaret O'Gara, Professor of Theology at the University of St. Michael's College, Toronto, entered the realm of eternal life on Thursday, August 16, 2012, at age 65, after suffering from cancer for two years. She is survived by her husband Michael Vertin of Toronto, her sister Monica O'Gara of Baltimore (James Cimaglio), and numerous other relatives. On the Vertin side, many of those relatives have family roots in Breckenridge, Minnesota.
The characteristic aim of Margaret's 37 years of work as a theologian was to foster dialogue among Christians for the sake of overcoming divisions between the churches. Besides her teaching, research, writing, and extensive public lecturing, she was a member of official ecumenical dialogues in Canada, the United States, and at the international level. She also served as president of the North American Academy of Ecumenists and the Catholic Theological Society of America. Her effectiveness in all these arenas came from a combination of her scholarly rigor, her ability to listen sympathetically, her uncommon energy, and her contagious delight at the growth of mutual understanding and friendship.
Mass of the Resurrection is on Saturday, August 25, at 11:00am, in the Emmaus Chapel, St. John's School of Theology, Collegeville, Minnesota. There will be an open casket visitation beforehand, beginning at 10:00am. Subsequent motorcade to St. Mary's Cemetery, Breckenridge, Minnesota, with burial service at 4:00pm.