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Sister Brendan Lacey

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Sister Brendan Lacey

James Island

Sister Brendan Lacey, a sister of Charity of Our Lady of Mercy, died at May Forest, the Motherhouse of the Congregation, on July 3, 2013. Sr. Brendan, formerly Mary Elizabeth Lacey was born on March 14, 1908 to James and Johanna O'Toole Lacey in Lisbigney, Abbeleix, County Leix, Ireland. A graduate of St. Francis Xavier School of Nursing, Charleston, SC, she received a bachelor's degree in nursing from Mt. St. Joseph's College in Cincinnati, Ohio. She was the second child in a family of seven. Two of her sisters were members of the Sisters of Good Shepherd, a French congregation and served in India.

In August, 1924, Sister Brendan and two others arrived in New York City, then set sail for Charleston, and entered the convent on August 23, 1924. She professed her first vows on April 18, 1927 and final vows Mach 25, 1949. A registered nurse, Sr. Brendan cared for the sick at St. Francis Xaier Hospital Charleston, SC and at Divine Savior Hospital and Nursing Home, York, SC and also served as the local superior of the City Orphan Home. Upon retirement from nursing, Sister Brendan ministered to the sick in the pastoral care departments of St. Francis Xavier Hospital and Divine Savior Hospital as a sister visitor and was very active in the prayer ministry of St. Mary Magdalene Parish, Simpsonville, SC and the May Forest community of the Sisters of Charity of Our Lady of Mercy.

In appreciation for her dedicated service, the City of York, SC honored Sister Brendan by proclaiming September 28, 1984 Sr. Brendan's Day and in 1996, Divine Savior Church of York, SC named the Parish Life Center, Brendan Hall in honor of her service to the people of York, SC. In 2007, Papal Honors were conferred on Sr. Brendan Lacey by His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI for her dedicated service to the Lord.

Sister Brendan was predeceased by her parents and siblings. She is survived by her sisters in the community, The Sisters of Charity of Our Lady of Mercy and a number of nieces, nephews and cousins, both in Ireland and New York.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Our Lady of Mercy Community Outreach Services, PO Box 607, Johns Island, SC 29457.

The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 AM, Saturday, July 6, 2013 at May Forest, Motherhouse Chapel, 424 Fort Johnson Rd, James Island, SC. The Rite of Committal will follow in Holy Cross Cemetery. Friends are invited to call at the Motherhouse from 2:00 PM until 5:00 PM and 6:00 PM until 8:00 PM, with a vigil service at 6:30 PM on Friday, July 5.

Sister Brendan's guestbook may be signed online at Arrangements by JAMES A. MCALISTER Funerals & Cremation. 766-1365.

Published in The Greenville News on July 4, 2013
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