Sr. Megan Rice, anti-war, Plowshares, and social justice activist, joined the Heavenly Cloud of Witnesses on October 10, 2021, at her religious order residence, the Society of the Holy Child Jesus (SHCJ), in Rosemont, PA. She was 91. Her death was caused by congestive heart failure.
Sr. Megan, one of the Transform Now Plowshares activists along with Michael Walli and Greg Boertje-Obed, who, in the dead of night on July 28, 2012, successfully penetrated The Y-12 nuclear facility in Oak Ridge, Tennessee (aka the Fort Knox of Uranium), and proceeded to a building that contained nuclear weapons material, and on an exterior wall poured bottles of their own blood, as a symbol of the cost of war, and spray-painted biblical messages like “THE FRUIT OF JUSTICE IS PEACE.”
The symbolic disarmament action prompted a two-week shutdown of the Y-12 facility for security reasons, and the three were charged and convicted of intending to endanger the national defense. They served nearly two years in federal prison but won release and vindication on appeal in 2015.
Transform Now Plowshares action was an effort by people of faith to transform weapons into real, life-giving alternatives, to build true peace. Inspired by the Biblical prophets Micah and Isaiah, Jesus and Gandhi, Transform Now Plowshares began a symbolic conversion of the Y-12 Highly-Enriched Uranium Manufacturing Facility
Sr. Megan was highlighted in the October 2013 issue of the Catholic Agitator
Sr. Megan Rice – ¡PRESENTE!