Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Remembering a loving and great advocate

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Yesterday brought us the sad news that Sister Mary Ann Luby had transitioned from this life after succumbing to a short battle with cancer – only two weeks after diagnosis.

All of us at Catholic Charities mourn the loss of such a vocal defender of the poor. She was beloved by many of our residents, who saw her as a source of help and hope in ending injustice, and by many of our shelter and housing staff, who knew her to be a compassionate friend. In October, we were honored that Mary Ann was present to help us celebrate the ribbon cutting for the Summit at St. Martin’s Affordable Housing project.

Since 1995, she served on the staff of the Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless as an outreach worker. She could almost always be found walking the streets and talking with any of our homeless neighbors. Her presence was constant at City Council hearings whenever the services for the homeless were being discussed.

Prior, she had been a Board Member with the Legal Clinic in its early years. She worked as director of Rachael’s Women’s Center and was key in founding the Fair Budget Coalition. Sr. Mary Ann was an Adrian Dominican sister.

Our thoughts and prayers are with her family, as well as her extended family in the homeless community and at the Washington Legal Clinic. In her memory, we must continue on our work as a community to provide not only shelter and a safety net to our most vulnerable neighbors, but our efforts to create a community of equality and inclusion.

Read more about Mary Ann in the Washington Post and leave your favorite memory of Mary Ann: http://voices.washingtonpost.com/postmortem/2010/11/sister-mary-ann-luby-dies-home.html