Saturday, October 4, 2014

Memorial Liturgy for Carol Ann Breyer at St. Andrew UCC on Oct. 4th/Photos and Liturgy/Obit. Link

We are gathered here today to celebrate the life of Carol Ann, her passion for peace through justice in a world of non-violence, her compassion for the less fortunate, and her concern for the enviornment. All: May we share those values in ourselves. 
To view complete liturgy visit the link below:
Lee Breyer, spouse of Carol Ann Breyer gives welcome
A large assembly gathered for Inclusive Catholic Liturgy in honor of Carol Ann Breyer at St. Andrew UCC

Carol Ann was a Mercy Sister who kept her ties with the Order. When she died she was on her way to a Mercy Reunion

a dinner was served after the liturgy. Judy Connelly coordinated the dinner and members of Mary Mother of Jesus Inclusive Community helped to serve

Carol Ann Breyer
February 26, 1934 – September 12, 2014
On September 12, Carol Ann died in her sleep in SavannahGA, at a motel stopover enroute to a retreat in West Virginia.   She was born in RochesterNY, to Caroline Gleichauf and Charles Strobel.  She had two older sisters, Jean Kinzel (deceased) and Marilyn Murray. She is survived by Lee Breyer, her husband of 45 years, her sister Marilyn, three nephews and two nieces.
Carol Ann Breyer lighting candles at Easter Vigil at MMOJ Easter Vigil Liturgy
 After the family moved to BaltimoreMD, she attended Mount St. Agnes High School and, on graduation, she went to the College of Notre Dame of Maryland.  During her college years, she joined the Sisters of Mercy in Baltimore and continued her undergraduate education at Mount St. Agnes College She earned her graduate degree at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana.  She continued post grad studies at the University of Maryland and received her doctorate from WaldenUniversity in Educational Administration.  Her religious assignments took her to SavannahGAMobileAL, and WashingtonDC as well asBaltimore.
In 1969, Carol Ann and Lee settled in the WashingtonDC area.  There she was very active in the civil rights movement, working in the national office of the US Catholic Bishops in its Peace and Justice Office, learning much from the then newly established Public Broadcasting Service, and was employed by Prince George’s Community College to help establish its continuing education program for adults.  The couple was heavily involved in developing a number of small intentional communities dedicated to a renewal in the Catholic Church. 
Carol Ann Breyer and MMOJ Community at Inclusive Liturgy

In 1979, she and Lee moved to TallahasseeFL, where she worked at the Florida Department of Education, focusing on the establishment of the state’s community college system and also with Florida StateUniversity  as a program evaluator.  It was there that she became very familiar with the problems of people” living on the streets” (through the local homeless coalition) and with those behind bars (at the local state prison).
Carol Ann took her compassion for justice and her commitment to nonviolence with her to EllentonFL in 2000.  There she and Lee built Mercy-on-the- Manatee, a house that won awards for energy conservation (the FPL BuildSmart Gold Award) and environmental sensitivity (the Florida Native Plant Society’s Landscaping Award).  Her passion for care of the environment caused her to be a very active volunteer in the Florida Master Gardener Program and the Sierra Club in Manatee County.  Carol Ann was heavily involved in peace and justice issues her entire life and so she became the Florida State Coordinator of Pax Christi, the national Catholic Peace Movement, and was also instrumental in the creation and establishment of the Diocese of Venice Environmental Justice Commission.  Shortly afterwards, she was active in the Earth Charter; South West Florida Coalition for Peace and Justice; Pace e Bene, the movement for a nonviolent culture of peace; as well as a member of Call to Action, a progressive organization in the Catholic tradition.   Her interest in such groups involved both church and social reform issues and brought her to the Mary, Mother of Jesus Inclusive Catholic Community.
Among her proudest achievements was her role on The President’s Committee on the Employment of People with Disabilities and the subsequent federal legislation extending justice to a previously neglected population.  In all her activities, her signature quality was her advocacy for social justice for those living on the edges of church and society…with no exceptions.  
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A memorial service will be held on Saturday, October 4, 4:00 pm, at St. Andrew United Church of Christ, 6908 Beneva RoadSarasotaFL,34238. This will be followed by refreshments and storytelling in Stewart Hall
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to:
Mary, Mother of Jesus Inclusive Catholic Community, 6908 Beneva RoadSarasotaFL  34238
Pax Christi-USA, 415 Michigan Avenue NE – Suite 240, Washington, DC 20017-4503
Mercy Sisters of the Americas (South Central Community),101 Mercy DriveBelmontNC 28012
Or a charity of your choosing.

1 comment:

Bob Scanlan said...

Thank you for sharing---I was able to speak with Lee Saturday morning before the memorial service. Peace be with you! Rev. Bob Scanlan