By Patty Mullahy Fugere
Dear Friends – It is with great sorrow that I write to inform you of the passing of our beloved colleague, Mary Ann Luby. She succumbed to cancer late last night after learning of the disease not even two weeks ago.
As you might expect if you know Mary Ann at all, she was at peace on the final days of her earth journey. She remained restless, though, about the injustices around her and managed to prepare a “to do” list of work that must continue on in her absence. To honor all that she was and all that she taught us, we must redouble our efforts in these challenging days and continue to push forward toward building a just and inclusive community.
For those who might not know her history, Mary Ann, who was an Adrian Dominican Sister, has been involved in the Legal Clinic since our inception. As director of Rachael’s Women’s Center during the ‘80’s and early ‘90’s she was one of the providers we consulted back in 1985 when trying to figure out how lawyers could best serve our neighbors who are homeless. She became an early board member of the legal clinic and served in that capacity until joining our staff in 1995.
Mary Ann was instrumental to the founding of Fair Budget Coalition, believing deeply in the need to work collaboratively and to support community members in lifting up their voices.
At every turn, she has challenged us to be faithful to the people whom we serve.
A memorial service for Mary Ann is planned for Saturday, December 11th at St. Aloysius Church, 19 Eye Street, NW. The time is tentatively set for 1pm, but we can confirm details early next week. It will be a great celebration of her life and work.
Please see the Washington Post article about Mary Ann:
Mary Ann Luby, nun who advocated for the homeless, dies at 70