OTTAWA, September 22, 2003 ( – Sister Lucille Durocher, founder and head of the St. Joseph’s Workers for Life & Family (SJW) passed away this morning.  After joining the Sisters of St. Joseph in 1948, Sister Lucille was a teacher until 1984 when she founded Human Life International Canada Inc. (HLIC), in Montréal, Québec.  After nine years as foundress and president of HLIC she left HLIC and in 1993 founded St. Joseph’s Workers for Life & Family (SJW), at the age when most people think of retirement.  Grace Petrasek, in her 1991 book titled Silhouettes Against the Snow ~ Profiles of Canadian Defenders of Life, called Sister Lucille the “St. Joseph’s Nun on the Run,” for her dedication to the pro-life, pro-family movement.  Countless Canadian Catholic families will fondly recall Sister Lucille’s monthly newsletter packed with the current important news and faithful Catholic teaching, especially on life, family and moral issues.  Mary-Ellen Douglas, National Coordinator for Campaign Life Coalition, was grieved to hear of Sister Lucille’s death.  She expressed condolences to the Sisters of St. Joseph and commented on Sister Lucille saying, “She was a great pro-lifer that will be missed in the pro-life community, she was dedicated and her spiritual life shone through her work. We will still be looking for her prayerful help along with the army of pro-life veterans that have gone before us.”  See the website of St. Joseph’s Workers for Life and Family:


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