Head of Covenant House Dies

Sister Mary Rose McGeady, headed Covenant House, headquartered in New York City for homeless youth for 13 years. She died of respiratory failure in Albany on Sept. 13 at the age of 84.

Sister McGeady spoke at MCC’s Annual Assembly in 2003. A member of the Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul, Sister Mary Rose served as president of Covenant House from 1990 until her retirement in 2003, doubling the number of homeless young people served by the international network annually.

Kevin Ryan, the current head of Covenant House, who was among those present at her bedside when she died, called Sister Mary Rose “the Mother Teresa of street children” and “a holy tornado of determination and compassion.”

Covenant House now reaches more than 57,000 children and youth in six countries each year.

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