Sister Mary Ann Walsh, RSM, Catholic journalist and Loyola University Maryland pastoral counseling graduate, died on April 28 in Albany, N.Y., after a battle with cancer. She was 68.
Walsh began her journalism career at the Albany diocesan newspaper, The Evangelist, and then worked as a correspondent for Catholic News Service in Rome and Washington. Following her journalism career, she served as spokeswoman for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. In July 2014, America magazine announced that Walsh would be joining the publication as a columnist and blogger – the first female religious to serve on the editorial board.
Walsh was called to Sisters of Mercy at 17 years old. She went on to earn a master’s degree in English from the College of St. Rose in Albany, and a master’s degree in pastoral counseling from Loyola in 1990.
“Sister Mary Ann Walsh was an inspiration to many people of all faiths, using her writing to help people connect with God and with one another,” said Rev. Brian F. Linnane, S.J., Loyola’s president. “As a university, we are proud to be able to name Sister Mary Ann as one of our distinguished graduates—particularly of our pastoral counseling program, which empowers its graduates to help others find meaning in their lives.”
In March, the Catholic Press Association gave her its highest honor, the St. Francis de Sales Award, which recognizes lifetime achievement in Catholic media.
Read more about Walsh’s life and work at Jesuits.org.