Sister Lynn Tooma Religious educator


Sister Lynn Tooma, S.S.N.D., coordinator of adolescent catechesis for the Office of Youth Ministry of the Archdiocese of Baltimore, died Jan. 23 in Albuquerque, N.M., where she was attending a meeting of the National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry.

A Mass of Christian burial for Sister Lynn, who was 40 and lived in the convent at the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen, was offered Monday at Villa Assumpta, the motherhouse of the School Sisters of Notre Dame.

She had held the archdiocesan post overseeing religious education for youth since 1985.

For a year before that, she was co-director of the Guadalupe Center, which provided services for the poor and migrant workers.

From 1979 until 1984, she was campus minister at Archbishop Keough High School, now Seton Keough High School, and for five years before that taught religion at Notre Dame Preparatory School.

Born in Hagerstown, she was educated at St. Mary's Elementary School and St. Maria Goretti High School there. She earned a bachelor's degree in English at the College of Notre Dame of Maryland in 1972, the same year she entered the School Sisters of Notre Dame.

Ten years later, she received a master's degree in theology and spirituality from Fordham University.

She is survived by a sister, Linda Tooma of Cockeysville.

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