Sister Lucille Durocher (formerly C.S.J.) founded St. Joseph’s Workers for Life and Family in 1993, in Ottawa. Before beginning St. Joseph’s Workers, she had a long history of serving the pro-life/family movement, the Church, and Our Lord.

   In 1948, at the age of 22, Lucille Durocher entered the Sisters of St. Joseph’s in Pembroke, Ontario. Through the years she studied music. Following her final vows, Sister Lucille taught music for 24 years, with many of her students going on to the Royal Conservatory of Music.

   In 1972, Sister Lucille became aware of the serious drug problems among the youth. She left her teaching of music and became the Pastoral Animator for a Catholic high school in the Montreal area. There she began to deal with the drug problems that affected some of the students. By encouraging the students to be active in the community, Sister Lucille and her students made regular weekend visits to the elderly and sick.

   It was in 1984, Sister Lucille began to have trouble with her role as Pastoral Animator. She was disturbed by the liberal attitude in her Catholic high school to pre-marital sex, in which the school nurse was promoting and supplying contraceptives and counseling girls for abortions. Sister decided to invite Father Paul Marx of Human Life International, to speak to the students on chastity.

   Fr. Marx spoke to the students and showed a video on the evils of abortion. The principal of the Catholic high school became so angry at Sister Lucille, (even though he gave her permission to invite Fr. Marx) that he forbade her to speak out against abortion ever again to the students in his school.

   Unwilling to compromise on matters of principle, she resigned her position as Pastoral Animator from the school board and began her pro-life missionary work. With the help of Fr. Marx, Sister Lucille founded Human Life International Canada. For the next eight years, as Human Life International Canada’s President, she published newsletters, gave lectures and ran conferences throughout Canada.

   In 1993, Sister Lucille stepped down as President of Human Life International Canada, to begin two new organizations. The first was St. Joseph’s Workers for Life and Family, an organization to support and promote life and family issues. The other organization, was to be a religious order, and was to be called St. Joseph’s Religious for Life. At the same time, she had decided to leave the Sisters of St. Joseph’s, and proclaim her new vows of chastity with Bishop Torres of Puerto Rico.

   During her time at St. Joseph’s Workers for Life and Family, she oversaw the successful conference “The Family - A Gift to Society” in 1994 here in Ottawa. In 1998 during the annual March for Life, she organized on the front lawns of Parliament Hill here in Ottawa, the Precious Life Quilts campaign. Hundreds of quilts displayed on the lawns, with each square representing a baby killed by abortion in Canada. It drew much attention to the terrible situation of abortion in Canada.

   On September 22, 2003, Lucille Durocher passed away after a long period of illness. She was laid to rest among the Sisters of Our Lady Immaculate grave site in Cambridge, Ontario.

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