Sr. Mary Nona McGreal, master teacher, historian, prolific writer and promoter of Catholic education in the United States, died on March 20 at the Dominican motherhouse in Sinsinawa, Wis. She was 98. Her life and many ministries, from primary teacher to co-author of a three-volume curriculum used nationally in Catholic schools, spanned 80 years of religious profession.
Oblate Fr. Tissa Balasuriya, a noted theologian, economist and human rights activist, died Jan. 17 in Sri Lanka. He was 89.
He founded the Centre for Society and Religion in Colombo in 1971 with the aim of fostering interreligious and interracial action for justice and peace. He was also instrumental in founding the Ecumenical Association of Third World Theologians in the mid-1970s.
The sudden death of "pro-life, eco-feminist" activist Mary Krane Derr just weeks prior to the 40th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision took her friends by surprise. Derr, 49, who suffered from chronic health problems, became ill in India, where she was doing a poetry reading, and died Nov. 30 after returning to her Chicago home. She is survived by her husband, Jonathan Derr, her daughter, Sarah, and a grandson.