Sister Mary Lawrence Lojko

Sister Mary Lawrence served her religious community for 71 years.
May 16, 1933 — June 16, 2024

Sister Mary Lawrence Lojko died unexpectedly at St. Francis Hospital in Hartford, Connecticut, early in the afternoon of Sunday, June 16, 2024.

Constance Amelia Lojko was born on May 16, 1933, in Providence, Rhode Island, to Adam Lojko and Marianne (Rutkowska) Lojko. She grew up with her three siblings, Matthew Lojko, and John and Alfreda Snyder, attending public school in Providence. She was attracted to the Felician Sisters who ministered at St. Adalbert Parish and after graduation from eighth grade, she entered the aspirancy of the Felician Sisters in Enfield, Connecticut. Called by God to follow in the footsteps of our Lord Jesus Christ, she took the next step on her journey and, after graduation from Our Lady of the Angels Academy, she became a postulant on July 17, 1951. She was invested with the Felician habit on August 3, 1952, when she received the name Sister Mary Lawrence. First profession of vows followed on August 4, 1953, and Sister Lawrence made her perpetual profession of vows on August 4, 1959.

She began her teaching career in Floral Park, New York, in 1954, as a second-grade teacher and taught in Felician-staffed schools in the Bronx and Amsterdam, New York while attending Fordham University where she earned her BS in Education and, later, an MS in Educational Administration from Rivier College in Nashua, New Hampshire. Sister Lawrence also taught in Waterbury, Connecticut; Webster, Adams, and Fall River, Massachusetts, where she served as principal for eight years. Her last assignment in the field of education was in Manchester, New Hampshire, where she was principal from 1995-2009.

In October 2007, when both Sister Lawrence and Sister Mary Antonia Popielarczyk ministered at St. Casimir School in Manchester, they were recognized for the Christian witness they exhibited daily. An excerpt from the tribute at the celebration banquet read, “What makes Saint Casimir’s so special are its students, its teachers and two special ladies who have given their entire lives in humble service to children and to God. Each and every day you inspire us by who you are. You inspire us by the gift of yourselves wholeheartedly to all of us, the young people of this city. You have taught us, you have loved us, you have changed us. Your example is a profound one, and so is your effect. You humbly and quietly have shown me God’s presence in this world, you have shown God’s presence in you.”

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Founded in Poland in 1855, the Felician Sisters are a congregation of women religious inspired by the spiritual ideals of their foundress, Blessed Mary Angela Truszkowska, and Saints Francis of Assisi, Clare of Assisi and Felix of Cantalice. Arriving in North America in 1874 following Blessed Mary Angela’s directive “to serve where needed,” they helped to weave the social service system. Today, the Felician Sisters founded, sponsor or support through the presence of our sisters, more than 40 ministries – all continuing to evolve to meet the needs of the people they serve.

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