Sister Mary Lynch
Sister Mary Lynch, 91, a Franciscan Sister of the Congregation of Our Lady of Lourdes, Rochester, MN, died at Assisi Heights, Wednesday, November 2, 2022.
Sister Mary was born Mary Elizabeth Albers, on June 19, 1931, in Jamestown, North Dakota, to Lawrence and Mary (Dunn) Albers. She entered the Sisters of St. Francis in 1953, received the name of Sister Mercy, and made perpetual vows in 1959. She received her Bachelors of Science in Nursing from the College of St. Teresa, Winona, Minnesota, in 1960, and, a Masters in Pastoral Ministry from Seattle University, Seattle, Washington, in 1989.
Sister Mary served as a Nurse for 24 years. Her places of ministry included Mayo Clinic Hospital – St. Marys Campus and Assisi Heights in Rochester, Minnesota; and Mercy Hospital in Portsmouth, Ohio. From 1973-1983, she served in Bogotá, Colombia, as a nurse at Sala Cuna, and then as a nurse and teacher of English as a Second Language at Colegio Santa Francisca Romana. Following her time in Colombia, Sister Mary served as a Pastoral Associate at Our Lady Star of the Sea Parish in Port Isabel, Texas, from 1984-2005. Upon retiring from active ministry, she continued as a volunteer at Saint Marys Campus.
Survivors of Sister Mary include her Franciscan Sisters with whom she shared life for 69 years, a brother, John Frances Lynch, and two sisters, Margaret Page and Kathleen Holland. She was proceeded in death by her parents; and brothers Eugene and Timothy Lynch.
A private Resurrection Liturgy will be held at Assisi Heights at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, November 8, 2022, with burial at Calvary Cemetery. To view the funeral via livestream, use this link on Tuesday, November 8: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88367423126.
Suggested memorials are to the Sisters of St. Francis, Office of Mission Advancement, Assisi Heights, 1001 14th St. NW, Rochester, MN 55901.