Poor Clare Sister Mary Lucy Reynolds dies at 78

TRAVELERS REST—Sister Mary Lucy Reynolds, OSC, died at the Monastery of St. Clare April 5. She was 78 years old.

She was born Dorothy Reynolds on June 29, 1932, the only child of Edwin and June Reynolds. She entered the Poor Clares in Jamaica Plain, Mass., in February 1952, and made her first profession in November 1954, taking the name Sister Mary Lucy of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

When the Poor Clares began a foundation in South Carolina, Sister Mary Lucy volunteered and came to the state in March 1955. Her solemn profession of vows followed on June 28, 1957.

Sister Mary Lucy took part in all the work of the monastery, serving as abbess from 1973 to 1985 and again from 1988 to 1991. As early as 1967, she felt a call to solitude, but was asked to serve the community as novice mistress.

In 1998, she received permission to live in a small hermitage on the grounds and lived in solitude while her health permitted.

Sister Mary Lucy returned to the monastery in 2010, where she remained with the community until her death.

Condolences may be sent to the Monastery of St. Clare, 37 McCauley Road, Travelers Rest, SC 29690 or e-mailed to prayer@poorclaresc.com.