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Mary Lou Suhor Edit Profile

Lay worker , religious magazine editor

Mary Lou Suhor, religious magazine editor, lay worker. Recipient Best Series in Public Interest award Catholic Press Association, 1957, Best Feature Story award, 1958; Polly Bond awards Episcopal Communicators, 1985, 87, 88-91.


Suhor, Mary Lou was born on July 11, 1929 in New Orleans. Daughter of Anthony Bernard and Marie Odette (Porte) Suhor.


Bachelor of Science in Education and Journalism, Loyola University, New Orleans, 1949. Master of Arts in Sociology, Catholic University America, 1961.


Staff writer Catholic Action of South, New Orleans, 1949-1952. Instructor journalism and public relations Loyola University, 1952-1955. Assistant editor North Center Louisiana Register, Alexandria, 1956-1958.

Staff editor The Queen's Work, Catholic Public House, St. Louis, 1960-1963. Staff assistant Foreign Visitors Office, National Catholic Welfare Conference, Washington, 1963-1965. Administrative assistant Latin American division United States Catholic Conference, 1966-1973.

Coordinator Cuba Resource Center, New York City, 1973-1976. Managing editor The Witness magazine, Ambler, Pennsylvania, 1976-1980, editor, 1981-1991. Free lancer, since 1991.


  • Other Work

    • Co-editor: Struggling with the System Probing Alternatives, 1979. Editor: (with others) Volunteer I—Christian Commitment for the '80s: Must We Choose Sides, Volunteer I, 1979, Volunteer II— Which Side Are We On?, 1980. Member editorial board: My Story's On: Ordinary Women Extraordinary Lives, 1985.

      Contributor to Encyclopedia of America Left and numerous articles to professional journals.


Board directors Montgomery County Center for Peace and Justice, Ambler, 1985-1990. Consultant nationwide women's committee American Friends Service Committee, 1985-1990. Member information committee National Council Churches, 1987-1990.

Member Associated Church Press (honorary life, Best Feature Story award 1985, 89, Best News Story award 1986), Women's Institute for Freedom of Press, Latin American Studies Association.


Anthony Bernard Suhor

Marie Odette (Porte) Suhor