Pax Christi USA is saddened to announce the passing of Bill Lowell, long-time member of Pax Christi USA and husband to Pax Christi USA staff member Ronnie Fellerath-Lowell. Ronnie shared with us that Bill passed on Sunday. Even as recently as the national conference this past August, Bill was doing what he has done so often in support of the work of Pax Christi USA: working behind the scenes alongside Ronnie, stuffing folders for conference participants, offering moral support with a kind word and generous smile to our staff members, and offering wisdom and advice from a long life well-lived.

Many of you know that Ronnie and Bill met at the Pax Christi USA National Conference in Pittsburgh in 2006, and their partnership has been a blessing to all of us in this movement. All of us at Pax Christi USA send our love to Ronnie and to Bill’s family and friends in this moment of grief. And we give thanks for Bill’s life, his support of Pax Christi USA and his witness to peace with justice. Bill Lowell – PRESENTE!

Click here to read Bill’s obituary today in The Washington Post.

Find more information on Bill’s wake and funeral after the photos below. If you’d like to leave a note for Ronnie, you can send her an email at

Photos from top left: Bill and Ronnie at Pax Christi USA Momentum event in DC in 2015; Bill and Ronnie with others from Pax Christi St. John the Baptist in MD on a Bread Not Stones Zoom call with staff of their U.S. representative; Bill and Ronnie at the Berrigan film screening in August; Bill helping at the registration table with Beatrice Parwatikar and Linda Howell-Perrin at the National Conference in August.

Funeral arrangements for Joseph W. (Bill) Lowell, Jr.:

WAKE: Relatives and friends may call at Francis J. Collins Funeral Home, 500 University Blvd. West, Silver Spring, MD Friday, December 2, 2022 from 3:00 to 5:00 PM. Free valet parking is available and encouraged.

MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL: St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 12319 New Hampshire Avenue, Silver Spring, MD on Saturday, December 3, 2022 at 10:30 AM. The eulogy will be given promptly at 10:30, before Mass begins.

BURIAL: Maryland Veteran’s Cemetery in Crownsville, MD on Monday December 12 at 11:30am.

Obituary and photos will be posted by Friday at

7 thoughts on “Pax Christi USA mourns the loss of Bill Lowell, husband of staff member Ronnie Fellerath-Lowell

  1. Although I didn’t know the deceased personally, I am saddened that a member of the Pax Christi community is no longer with us. My deepest sympathy to his wife Ronnie. Eternal rest grant unto him, oh Lord…..

  2. Dear Ronnie,
    I am so sorry to hear of Bill’s passing. Surely, he has left the world a better place. Please know that you are in our thoughts, prayers and actions for peace.
    Mary DellaVecchia

  3. Dear Ronnie

    I am so sorry to read of Bill’s passing. I remember your wedding so vividly and I was honored to share that time with you. Glad to see you are still active in justice causes. Our time together at Catholic Charities was very special and rewarding.



  4. May Bill Rest in Peace and in the loving arms of GOD, whom he served so well. Prayers for this sacred, transitional time. R.I.P.

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