Sr. Rosemary Lynch, OSF:this desert Rose
Apostle of Nonviolence In full bloom
four score years and ten
speaks truth petals across continents
gardens the spirituality of nonviolence
through the generations.
—Peter Ediger, marking Sr. Rosemary’s 90th birthday in 2007
Franciscan Sister Rosemary Lynch, who throughout her life was an instrument of peace nurturing reverence and love for all living things, died on January 9 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
On Wednesday, January 5 Sr. Rosemary was hit by a car while she and Franciscan Sister Klaryta Antoszewska were on a walk in their neighborhood. After being unconscious for several days, she died peacefully on Sunday night. Her Franciscan sisters are in process of planning her funeral, which will be held in California. A memorial service will be held at St James Catholic Church in Las Vegas on Sunday, January 23, at 4:00 pm.
A co-founders of Pace e Bene, Sister Rosemary lectured and led retreats on nonviolence in many communities across the US and around the world, and with Sister Mary Litell developed Pace e Bene’s Peace Grows curriculum. In 2005 she retired from the staff and was designated a “Pace e Bene Elder” by the organization.
Sister Rosemary lived life to the fullest. It was this dedication to the fullness of life that motivated her unceasing commitment to removing every barrier to this fullness for all beings.
We at Pace e Bene join with people everywhere in celebrating Sister Rosemary’s life, a powerful journey for peace and justice.
Here is a brief overview of this journey, with a special emphasis on her participation in the effort that emerged in the 1980s to end nuclear testing at the Nevada Test Site and throughout the world.
Thank you, Sr. Rosemary, for the innumerable gifts of peace that you showered into the lives of so many of us!
Ken Butigan, for Pace e Bene
Above photo: Banner created by Leslie Klusmire to honor Sr. Rosemary on her 90th birthday (Nevada Desert Experience)