Monday, March 14, 2005

Sister M. Rose Therese Lange

I always say nuns are the invisible heroes of the Catholic church. They work hard with the least recognition from their communities. Sister M. Rose was one of those heroes:

Sister M. Rose Therese Lange, 79, who by force of will and personality - and through hard work - opened one of the first long-term shelters in Toledo for abused women, died Tuesday in the Motherhouse of the Sisters of St. Francis, Sylvania.

The cause of death was not known. She had been in failing health.

Sister Rose Therese helped start Bethany House in 1984 after she learned that abused women could not stay at other shelters longer than 60 days. Bethany House allowed women and their children to stay for up to a year, during which they'd prepare for a job or further education.

She was director of the house for six years and development director an additional five years. "Domestic violence" then was not even a household term, said Sister Faith Cosky, Bethany House director from 1990 to 1997. "She started on practically nothing," Sister Faith said. "She had to beg for every penny. She was a visionary for the cause."


May her soul rest in peace. She was a great nun.


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