Sister of the Cenacle Clara Mae Lill; Rochester native - Catholic Courier

Sister of the Cenacle Clara Mae Lill; Rochester native

Sister Clara Mae Lill, RC, a native of Rochester, died July 23, 2008, at the Resurrection Life Center in Chicago.

Sister Lill graduated from St. Mary-of-the-Woods College in Terre Haute, Ind., in 1950 and returned to Rochester to engage in social work. She entered the Congregation of Our Lady of the Retreat in the Cenacle in 1952 and served at the order’s retreat house in Rochester for 12 years.

During her time in Rochester, she provided ecumenical religious education for the children of several parishes as well as participated in the retreat and religious-education programs that took place at the retreat house.

In 1970 she became a parish minister for religious education at several Boston-area parishes. In 1980 she moved to West Virginia to serve as a parish associate for the Good Shepherd Mission of East Bank. She remained in this position for 27 years until moving to Resurrection Life Center due to illness.

Sister Lill is survived by her brother, J. Lloyd Lill of Canandaigua; her sisters, Agnita Angermeier of Salem, Va., and Rosemary Graves of Rochester; many nieces and nephews; the Good Shepherd community; and her sisters in the congregation.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at the Cenacle Retreat House in Chicago on July 26, 2008. A memorial Mass will be held in Rochester at 12:10 p.m. on Sept. 24, 2008, at Peace of Christ Parish’s St. John the Evangelist Church, 553 Humboldt St.

Memorials in Sister Lill’s memory may be sent to the Cenacle Sisters’ Retirement Fund, 513 Fullerton Parkway, Chicago, IL 60614, or Putnam Humane Assoc., 2806 Putnam Ave., Hurricane, WV 25526.

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