The Venerable Margaret
Sinclair - Sister Mary Francis of the Five Wounds of Christ
Lord, Our God,
you granted Margaret Sinclair,
a share in the sufferings of your Son
and in his zeal for the salvation
of men and women.
Through her glorification
may we come to share in your glory.
We ask this through Christ, our Lord.
God our Father,
we honour your servant
as a model of holiness.
We ask you to grant
the requests we make
through her intercession
as a sign of the favour
she enjoys in your sight.
We make this prayer
through Christ, our Lord.
A Child's Prayer
God's cheerful servant on earth,
help me to imitate the virtues which made you a great
friend of Jesus and His Blessed Mother.
Please grant a sign that you are a saint in heaven
by obtaining for me favour which I now
earnestly request. (here tell Margaret your request)
Margaret Sinclair, hard-working girl - servant
of God, pray for us.
your people to pray for a miracle'
The words of Pope John Paul II to the then Archbishop
Keith O'Brien of St Andrews and Edinburgh.
'Margaret could well be described as one of
God's little ones, who through her very simplicity, was touched
by God with the strength of real holiness of life, whether as
a child, a young woman, an apprentice, a factory worker, a member
of a Trade Union or a professed Sister of religion' said
Pope John Paul II. "l fully appreciate the
aspirations of the Catholics of Scotland, and elsewhere, for
that singular event [of canonisation]to be realised,
and I know that you are praying that it may come about."
Rosewell, lst June. 1982.
'The devout and generous life of sister
Mary Francis of the Five wounds, otherwise known as Margaret
Sinclair, an extern sister in the Order of the Poor Clares,
provides a striking contemporary example of evangelical heroism,
not only for her sisters in religion but for all the faithful
whatever their state in life.
Whether we consider her in family life, or
in school, as an ordinary working girl or as a suister in the
Poor Clare convent or finally as a patient in the sanatorium
where she died, we are presented with a spectacle of outstanding
In the presence of the cardinals and others
concerned, the Supreme Pontiff solemnly decreed that the Servant
of God had in fact practiced to a heroic degree the theological
virtues of faith, hope and charity, and also the cardinal virtues
of prudence, justice, fortitude and temperance, with other related
From the decree of the Sacred Congregation
for the causes of Saints, 6th February 1978.
Timeline of Margaret's Life
March 29th 1900: Born in Edinburgh, daughter of Andrew and Elizabeth
Sinclair, one of a family of nine children.
April 11th 1900: Baptised Margaret Anne at St Patrick’s.
August 1906: Attends St Anne’s School, Edinburgh, under
the care of the Sisters of Mercy.
May 8th 1910: Makes first Holy Communion; confirmed same day
at St Patrick’s.
August 1914: Starts work as an apprentice french polisher. Joins
trades union. Member of Sodality of Children of Mary. Worked
in McVitie’s Biscuit Factory.
July 22nd 1923: Entered Convent of Poor Clares Colettines, Notting
February 11th 1924: Received the habit as an extern sister:
Sister Mary of the Five Wounds.
February 14th 1925: Religious Profession.
April 9th 1925: Admitted to Warley Sanatorium, Essex, suffering
from tuberculosis of the throat. Nursed by Sisters of Charity.
November 24th 1925: Margaret dies after long and painful illness.
Buried at Kensal Green Cemetery, London.
December 22nd 1927: Margaret’s remains reinterred at Mount
Vernon Cemetery, Edinburgh.
August 1931: Informative Process, Edinburgh, under presidency
of Archbishop McDonald.
February 3rd 1942: Cause introduced to Sacred Congregation of
Rites by Pope Pius XII. Margaret becomes ‘The Servant
August 15th 1952: Archbishop Gray presides over Apostolic Process,
Edinburgh. Tribunal closes 13th October 1952.
June 29th 1965: Opening of National Margaret Sinclair Centre,
February 6th 1978: Pope Paul VI declares that Margaret practised
the Christian virtues to a heroic degree. She is given the title:
‘The Venerable Margaret Sinclair’.
October 2003: Margaret’s remains reinterred at The Chapel
of the Resurrection at St Patrick’s, Cowgate, Edinburgh.
On 25th October shrine is blessed and dedicated by the Apostolic
Nuncio, Archbishop Pablo Puent
The Chapel of the Resurrection
at St Patrick’s, Cowgate, Edinburgh
of our own
The life of Margaret Sinclair powerfully captures
the imagination of people today. We can identify with someone
who knew what it was to work for her living, who knew what it
was to be made redundant, who met with prejudice in the workplace
because she was a Catholic. Margaret was immersed in the realities
of everyday living yet was able to transform the ordinariness
of her life into the foundation of a deep spirituality. Her
cheerfulness, her concern for others, her devotion to prayer
are all well attested. She is one of our own who attained great
holiness. We pray that she will one day be made a saint of the