D'SOUZA, Diane May Diener Dr. Diane May Diener D'Souza died at home in Milton, Massachusetts a year and a half after a diagnosis of terminal brain cancer. Her journey with this difficult disease was courageous - filled with grace and strength. Diane was born near Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan in 1960 to Dr. Robert Max Diener and Deborah Smith Diener. Her family soon moved to central New Jersey where Diane was raised first in Berkeley Heights and then Chester. Her father, a veterinarian and polo player, introduced Diane to the joy of caring for animals (they had four horses and dogs) and spending time in nature. She carried this love throughout her life, sharing it with the people around her. Diane had a passion for creating healing spaces that support positive transformation. For six years she directed the Mission Institute, an interfaith initiative that works towards social and racial justice. She was the founder and CEO of SWAT Assist, an organization offering advocacy and assistance for the elderly. Her life was profoundly shaped by twenty years living and working in India, where she was Associate Director of the Hyderabad-based Henry Martyn Institute, an international center for research, interfaith relations, and reconciliation. She obtained her Doctor of Philosophy from Vrije Universitat in Amsterdam, Netherlands, and Master's and Bachelor's degrees from McGill University in Montreal, Canada. She taught courses and workshops in Europe, Asia, Africa and North America, and is the author of books and articles in the fields of religion, dialogue, peacebuilding, and social justice. She will be missed by the many relatives, friends, and colleagues who loved her dearly and enriched her time on Earth. Amongst them are her partner Art Weingarten, her children Noel, Tara and Mira D'Souza (from her first marriage to Andreas D'Souza), and Collin and Jay Weingarten, grandchildren Talin Steffenoni and Aron D'Souza, and her siblings Dr. Eric Diener, Glenn Diener, and Patricia Fisher. Private Funeral. There will be a memorial in celebration of Diane's life when gatherings are possible. Those who would like to honor Diane may contribute to Muslim Justice League online at muslimjusticeleague.org/donate.

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Published by Boston Globe from May 11 to May 12, 2020.
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I really loved this obituary. Her body of work and influence was so enormous. I also loved learning that she grew up caring for dogs and horses and that her dad was a vet. I'm a hopeless animal lover so that was nice to learn. I did not know her well but to me she projected a quiet calm, serenity, kindness, and wisdom. Finally, my beloved cousin Art adored her, and that alone told me how wonderful she was. Thank you for sharing this obituary. Stancy Merwin
Stancy Merwin
June 7, 2020
Diane was a remarkable and graceful person, filled with a passion for social justice. who was able to manifest the depths of love in her relationships.

She had the capacity and grace to light up the room and energize those all around her. We have been blessed to know and to work with her.

May she now rest in peace in the presence of God.
Norman Faramelli
May 20, 2020
i remember Diane with the energy and vibrancy she brought to relationships. Along with that was the calm and deep running sensitivity that she brought into the relationship. Thank you Diane- sister in the circle
Annie Namala
May 20, 2020
Words seem inadequate to express the sorrow felt by the passing of Diane D'Souza . I'm so blessed to have known Diane D'Souza. My heart is with the family of beloved Diane D'Souza!
Gil Mukuna
May 20, 2020
Holding Art, Tara, Mira and Noel in our hearts as you grieve. We grieve with you and give thanks for the vibrant life and love and curiosity of Diane.
Cheryl Curtis & Bruce Gregersen
May 19, 2020
Roy Cederholm
May 18, 2020
Dear Diane,
what a blessing you were and still are.
You touched many lives including mine in the work done with love and Justice, with Christ and God in your hear and prayers.
Your passion and call to serve is still with us in the diocese and beyond.
You will always be part of our ministry's.
You were and are a gift to the
The lease , the last , the lost , the lonely
and the left out
We love you and your family
Bishop Bud Cederholm 67 Cottage Cove
May 18, 2020
Remembering Diane.
Wasye Musyoni
May 18, 2020
To Diane's Family,
My deep sympathies to all of you.
Thank you for having shared Diane with us, the various clergy circles she was part of. What a blessing Diane was! We will miss her. I will miss her and the conversations we started to have on TCK.
Our world is better because Diane left her print. Peace,
Rev. Sandra Dorsainvil
Sandra Dorsainvil
May 16, 2020
Diane, you were unique in your passion and expression as a white person bold enough to name the injustices of our society. You used your countenance and intellect to teach and identify the racial challenges we practice in the church. I am honored to have shared the Racial Reconciliation Commission in the Diocese of Massachusetts. May your legacy live on.
Noble Scheepers
May 15, 2020
I feel blessed to have known Diane. Though our relationship was in passing she had a deep impact on me. Her selfless and giving spirit made every moment with her noteworthy. I thank God and her family for sharing her with us. The world is a less beautiful place without her, yet her spirit lives on in the important work that continues.
Evan Thayer
May 15, 2020
I have so admired her work with the Mission Institute, and enjoyed just a brief time with her on diocesan staff. She will be dearly missed by so many of us. My condolences to her dear ones.
Martha Hubbard+
May 15, 2020
I worked with Diane during the "Mission Hub" phase of her ministry. May she rest in peace and rise in glory!
Sarah Brockmann+
May 15, 2020
Dear Diane, you have taught me so much in a short time and you will be in my every breathe on this earth. Spencer Alphonso Felder
Spencer Alphonso Felder
May 15, 2020
I had the pleasure of being a foot soldier in the Mission Hubs several years ago. I learned from and was inspired by Diane, her vision and her ability to bring others along with her. My condolences.
Kristen Kalbrener
May 15, 2020
Condolences. I knew her in High School.
Fred McFarlin
May 15, 2020
Our deepest condolences to all the family and friends. The photo of Diane truly reflects her and her personality. She enriched many people's lives and she will be missed. I know her good works will live on through others.
Thinking of you all especially, Art. Love from Nancy and Thorbjorn
Nancy & Ulf Fredericks/Ivarsson
May 14, 2020
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