Sister Marie Lynch

Lynch, Marie

Current Ministry Location-Maryknoll Sisters Center-Maryknoll, NY

Sister Marie was born on  February 11, 1936 in Roxbury, MA but grew up in Newton Centre, MA. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Regis College, Weston, MA in 1957 and shortly after entered the Congregation at the Maryknoll Sisters, Maryknoll, NY on September 2, 1959. She professed her First Vows at the Novitiate in Topsfield, MA on June 24, 1962 and her Final Vows on June 24, 1968 in Guayaramerin, Bolivia.

Sister Marie’s first mission assignment was to Peru in June 1963. After finishing Spanish Language study in Cochabamba, Bolivia in 1964, she began teaching at Santa Rosa School in Lima, Peru. From there, she became principal of a school in Guayamerin, Bolivia for two years. Then she returned to Lima and the Santa Rosa school. When the Maryknoll Sisters left the school in December of 1970, Sister Marie went up to Huancane in the Juli Prelature in the Altiplano of Puno, Peru where she did pastoral work for 7 years. Her love for teaching and her desire to be with people complemented the ministries that she had pursued.

In 1978, Sister Marie returned to the States to be part of the team to prepare for the Maryknoll Sisters General Assembly. After the Assembly, she joined the Congregational Orientation Team for five years. During this time, she earned a Master of Arts in Theological Studies from the Maryknoll School of Theology at the Seminary in NY in 1984.

She returned to Peru and spent 10 years in Tacna where four Maryknoll Sisters became the coordinator-administrators of what is now a parish. Her principle work there was developing the program of Family Catechetics in the parish and in the Diocese.

In 1994, Sister Marie returned to the States to care for her parents and after the death of both parents, returned to Peru and to Tacna where for ten years she was Coordinator of the Diocesan Formation Program for the pastoral agents of the Diocese, principally the lay people.

As part of a Diocesan team she also collaborated in starting a family religious education program in Tacna.  In 2006 she began work as the coordinator of a Formation Program for pastoral agents in Tacna. This program was begun by Maryknollers at the request of the Bishop in 1992.  The Maryknollers formed a group of lay people to join them in this work. The goal was always to stimulate the desire of the laity to be integral participants in the building of their Christian community which also allowed them to realize how important their participation in every aspect of society is.  Along with this work Sister Marie made pastoral visits to the homebound and participated in a weekly bible reflection group.

In journeying with the people, Sister Marie saw her mission as “entering into a relationship with the people with whom you are living, working and building Christian community. That community becomes a testimony of God’s love; a community of solidarity with each other that responds to the challenges of today.”

In 2014, Sister Marie returned to the States where she now serves as a member of the Mission Institute Team at the Maryknoll Sisters Center, Maryknoll, NY.