Word came last week from Fred Goddard and Jack Sullivan MM that Lynn Houston passed on to new life. She played a very special role in the Maryknoll Affiliate movement. For those of us who didn't have the privilege of meeting Lynn, Ann Carr, Ginny McEvoy and Mary Moritz help us in the words and photos that follow to know her and why she will be so missed. Look for a more complete article about Lynn in the next NSFA.
She was often credited to be the first Affiliate, having contacted Jim Madden in early 1991 before he started organizing chapters. She was also a member of the first Affiliate Board.
Lynn worked as an RN in an inner-city school in Hartford, CT and started a small youth group there, serving as a wonderful mentor to the young students and continuing to keep in touch with them after they graduated. Lynn and Celine Woznica (Chicago Central Chapter) along with Joe Thaler MM organized a parallel youth conference at an early MAC in 1997.
After several years in Hartford, she and her husband Harrison moved to Nantucket. Lynn worked on getting a Chapter started there on the island, but the relative isolation made that difficult. Eventually, she and Harrison moved to Florida and Lynn wasted no time starting the Florida Space Coast Chapter. Particulars are a bit elusive, but due to travel distances, a second Chapter was formed in the Jacksonville area. That Chapter - Northeast Florida - is home to Regional Coordinators John and Mary Moritz. Mary wrote, "Lynn shepherded us as we formed. She only could come to the first couple of meetings we had before her back problems prohibited that travel up from the Space Coast. However, she called after every meeting to 'keep tabs' on us and offer suggestionn.
We end with Ann Carr's moving words about Lynn: "She was one of the kindest, most dedicated people I have had the privilege of meeting in our Maryknoll Affiliate movement over the years. She had such a great heart for Maryknoll and was always looking for ways to deepen and widen the circles of the Maryknoll Affiliate family."