The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, December 27, 2012, at the Sacred Heart Chapel, Saint Benedict's Monastery, St. Joseph, for Sister Lucille Lawrence who died, age 85, on December 21, 2012, at Saint Scholastica Convent. Burial will be in the monastery cemetery. Friends may call at Saint Scholastica Convent on Wednesday, December 26, 2012, from 1-6 p.m., or for a Vigil Prayer Service at 7 p.m. at Saint Benedict's Monastery. Visitation continues at 9 a.m. until the time of the funeral.
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S. Lucille (Julia) Lawrence was born on December 23, 1926, to Francis and Margaret (Ryan) Lawrence in St. Paul, Minnesota. She attended St. Peter and Paul Grade School in Belle Plaine, Minn., graduated from Saint Benedict's High School in St. Joseph, Minn., and entered Saint Benedict's Monastery on August 31, 1942. Entrance to the novitiate was on June 17, 1947, first monastic profession on July 11, 1948, and perpetual profession on July 11, 1951.
S. Lucille attended the Diocesan Teachers' College in St. Paul, Minn.; graduated from the College of Saint Benedict with a BA degree in elementary education. She spent two summers at the University of Minnesota, earned an MA in theology from Saint John's University, Collegeville, Minn., and was certified for pastoral ministry from Marydale, Louisville, Ky. Preparing for work with retired Sisters, she attended Sister Kenny Institute, Minneapolis; participated in gerontology classes at the University of Nebraska; and pastoral ministry for older adults at University of Michigan.
S. Lucille taught elementary grades at Sacred Heart School, Sauk Rapids; St. Joseph Parish School, St. Joseph; Pearl Lake (teacher and principal); St. Paul's School, St. Cloud. At Saint Benedict's Monastery she served in initial formation programs. She was the first religious education director at Sauk Rapids (1969-1974), and continued this ministry in Richmond (1981-1987) and later in Albany (1987-1993). She spent summers in many parishes teaching faith formation classes. Serving for five years as retirement coordinator for the community, she also helped as sacristan and in guest house hospitality. In retirement, S. Lucille lived at Saint Scholastica Convent.
S. Lucille is survived by the Sisters of her Benedictine community, one brother,
Brother Leonard, OFM, Ashland, Wis., and cousins. Her brothers, James and John, preceded her in death.
Please direct memorial gifts to the care of the elderly Sisters of Saint Benedict's Monastery.
Published in the St. Cloud Times from Dec. 22 to Dec. 23, 2012