With gratitude for her life of consecration, we announce the passing of Sr. M. Therese Ann Lynch in Chardon, Ohio on May 4. Sr. Therese Ann entered the community in 1946, and as a second-year novice began teaching kindergarten and first grade.
In 1957, Sr. Therese Ann was missioned to California. Here, in the Rosa Mystica province, whose patroness is Mary, Queen of the Holy Rosary, she devoted the next 38 years to educational ministries. Most assignments included preparing second graders to receive the sacraments of Reconciliation and First Eucharist, always a source of deep joy to her. In 1984, she received a note from a former student who had to write an essay about the most influential person in her elementary experience: “I wrote about you, Sister…second grade was a turning point for me. You never settled for less than the best we could offer, though that was different for each of us. Your influence helped me establish high personal standards. That is a gift that probably goes unrecognized, until I face a roomful of rowdy 8th graders, or this essay exam, and am forced to reflect, and mostly GIVE THANKS!”
Sr. Therese Ann also tutored children with learning challenges and later ministered as a certified nursing assistant. She loved California–the SNDs, all the communities and parishes where she lived and worked, and the children and families she met. She offered a nightly holy hour, praying for each sister and student by name, ever since. A thank you plaque from a group of students reads: “Your kindness should be known throughout the world. You taught us about academic things but also about other things we need to survive in this world. You are a treat from God…don’t forget us.”
Knowing Sr. Therese Ann’s care for others, we can be confident that she will always be a powerful intercessor for all who journeyed with her. May she rest in peace.