Springfield Dominican Sister M. Lawrence Green, OP, died June 18 at Sacred Heart Convent in Springfield. She was born in Duluth, Minn., in 1927 to Edward and Mae (Nolan) Green, who named her Alice Marie. She made her profession of vows in 1948 at Sacred Heart Convent.
Sister M. Lawrence was a consummate educator. Her expertise benefited every Springfield Dominican teacher and principal during 12 years of service as the congregation’s councilor and director of education. Her first 13 years of ministry were spent teaching primary grades at St. Christina Parish, Chicago. She also taught at Holy Family School, Decatur, and was a principal-teacher at St. Joseph, Granite City, and St. Agnes, Springfield, where she was missioned in the 1970s and 1990s. In 1994, she returned to her hometown as teacher and assistant principal at Holy Rosary School. She retired to Sacred Heart Convent in 2001.
Sister M. Lawrence was preceded in death by her parents and her sister, Dorothy (Emmet) Hughes. She is survived by niece, Kathy Sandberg of Faribault, Minn.; nephews, Robert Hughes of White Bear Lake, Minn., Thomas Hughes of North Branch, Minn., and Charles Hughes of Conifer, Colo.; and beloved great-nieces and great-nephews, cousins, many friends, and her Dominican Sisters.
A visitation beginning with a prayer service was held at Sacred Heart Convent Chapel on June 20, followed by a funeral Mass with Father Peter Witchousky, OP, as celebrant. Morning Prayer, Remembering and Final Commendation took place on June 21, also at Sacred Heart Convent Chapel. Burial followed at Calvary Cemetery.
Donations may be made to the Dominican Sisters Retirement Fund, 1237 W. Monroe St., Springfield, IL 62704.
The Dominican Sisters and family of Sister M. Lawrence were served by Butler Funeral Home-Springfield.