The Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity has learned with sadness of the death of Sister Monica Cooney, of the Missionary Sisters of the Society of Mary, who passed away on 7 March at the age of 93.
For over forty years, the PCPCU seconded a religious sister from a missionary congregation to the Commission on World Mission and Evangelism (CWME) of the WCC. Originally from New Zealand, Sister Monica was appointed by the PCPCU as a consultant to the CWME from 1990 to 1996. During that time, Sister Monica made a most appreciated contribution to the work of the CWME and, through the Joint Working Group of which she was also a member, also to relations between the Catholic Church and the WCC. Her theological reflection and spiritual insight were particularly valued in dialogue on challenging issues such as proselytism.