Sister Mary Cecile

In Loving Memory!




Web Site Updates

07-07-2015  - Various updates to contacts, parish staff, etc.

St. Lawrence Chicken Fest 2015

Sunday, July 12 from 11am - 6pm

Jumbo Split the Pot already over $1100.00 - Ticket are available at the Parish Office or the day of the Chicken Fest

St. Lawrence Parish RCIA program

Are you interested in joining or learning more about the Catholic Church? The RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) classes begin in September and last through the Easter season. You can register by completing the form on this website under the Religious Education section and talking with Father Peter or Don and Michelle Paquette DRE @ 537-0019 for more info.

Adopt-A-Student Fund Needs Donations

Donations can be sent to St. Lawrence School or dropped in the Sunday collection basket in a marked envelope. Any donation is greatly appreciated. Thank you.

Knights of Columbus Web Site

The Knights of Columbus Council 1231 web site is now accessible from the St. Lawrence web site. If you have any questions or suggestions concerning the site, please contact Tony Burke






Baptism Program –

The fourth Tuesday of each month at 6:00pm in DRE’s office in the Lower Level. This program is required for parents who have not attended a Baptism class previously or those who would like a refresher course. Please register by calling the Parish Office @ 537-3992.

Electronic Giving!

Would you find it helpful to have your offerings debited directly from your bank account? St. Lawrence now offers Electronic Giving for those of you who wish to have your contributions transferred electronically to the church’s account. Contact the Parish Office or complete the registration form found in the vestibule. Electronic giving is also available on  this website on our Giving link from the "Main Menu" side bar.

Church Decorating Volunteers Needed

We are in need of volunteers to form a Church Decorating Team. This team takes care of the decorations in church throughout the year. We already have several members but are in need of 2-3 more. If interested, please contact the Parish Office. Thank you.





Baptism Program

The fourth Tuesday of each month at 6:00pm in DRE’s office in the Lower Level. This program is required for parents who have not attended a Baptism class previously or those who would like a refresher course. Please register by calling the Parish Office @ 537-3992.



Sister Mary Cecile


In Loving Memory of Sister Mary Cecile

"... so that in all things God may be glorified."

Rule of Saint Benedict

Sr. Mary Cecile Deken, O.S.B. entered eternity on February 1, 2009 at the age of 81 after 62 years of Monastic Profession

“We are called to holiness in every vocation, and each vocation is holy and good. But I want people to know that religious life can bring great happiness and great fulfillment, and marvelous opportunities for personal growth. It’s a way of life that can give you all of that . . IF that is what God is calling you to. We must pray for God’s guidance.”                                                                                      

Sr. Mary Cecile

Sr. Mary Cecile Deken, 81 (formerly Dorothy Ann) died Sunday, February 1, 2009, from injuries sustained in a fall.  She was born in Evansville, Indiana to Fred and Mary (Kirchoff) Deken.  She entered Monastery Immaculate Conception, Ferdinand, Indiana, in 1945.  She transferred to Our Lady of Grace Monastery, Beech Grove, Indiana and became a founding member.  Sr. Mary Cecile received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Music from St. Benedict College, a Masters Degree in English from St. Louis University and a Masters in Religious Education from St. Meinrad School of Theology.  Most recently, she received her certificate in Spiritual Direction from the Benedict Inn Retreat & Conference Center.  Sr. Mary Cecile was active in ministry for 61 years.  She began her career as a music teacher at St. Ferdinand School, Ferdinand, Indiana.   She continued as a teacher at Christ the King, Indianapolis; Sacred Heart, Vincennes; St. Mary, Washington; St. Francis Xavier, Poseyville; St. Mary, Floyds Knobs; Chatard High School, Indianapolis; and Our Lady of Grace Academy, Beech Grove.  Sr. Mary Cecile’s career changed in 1977 when she began her work as a Pastoral Associate and Director of Religious Education in several parishes in the Archdiocese of Indianapolis.  Those assignments included, St. Maurice, Napoleon; St. Mary, Milhausen; and St. Lawrence, Lawrenceburg where she had ministered since 1981.  Sr. Mary Cecile also served her religious community as sub-prioress from 1967-1977. Sr. Mary Cecile was preceded in death by her parents, infant sister, Beatrice Deken and brother Herman Deken.  Her sister-in-law Pat Deken, several nieces and nephews, her community from Lawrenceburg and her religious community survive her.  Services will begin on Wednesday, February 4th with the reception of the body at 1:30 PM.  Visitation will be from 2:00 PM until 8:00 PM on Wednesday with a wake service at 7:00 PM.  Mass of Christian burial will be on Thursday, February 5th at 4:00 PM with viewing from 1:00 PM until the funeral.  All services will take place in the monastery chapel. Memorial contributions may be made to the Retired Sister’s Fund, c/o Our Lady of Grace Monastery, 1402 Southern Avenue, Beech Grove, Indiana 46107.  Little & Sons Funeral Home, Beech Grove, entrusted with arrangements.

Our Saint

Sr. Mary Cecile was the epitome Of all God intended us to be.   Ever humble and willing to serve She gave of her life without reserve.   RCIA, hospital visits, organist, CRHP, Faith Formation, Yet never too busy to stop and listen.   When life shattered once joyous hearts She gave comfort and helped them make a new start.   She did not shun work that had to be done, Although it was not in her job description,   But joyously performed the most menial task As if the Lord Himself had lovingly asked.   It was always inspiring to hear the pleasure She got from working our Festival’s Hidden Treasure.   When spending time with this beloved nun You had the feeling you were the only one.   We have our very own saint now, Mary Cecile, TO BE OUR MODEL And help us face life’s challenges, imagined or real.  

Hilda Buck 3/2/09


 Evening found little Thomas sad and jaded. His faith in what adults told him had faded. His best friend said, “You’re not very bright If you believe in a fairy tale or sprite.” What was said  about the Easter Bunny & Santa Claus Shook his tiny world and made him stop and pause. So, to his father he went to get answers clear To those childhood beliefs he held so dear.   “In church, Father talks about saints with such zeal. Tell me, Dad, do they exist?  Are saints real?”   The father saw his son was saddened, almost ready to cry So he thought long and hard before he made his reply.   “Son, saints don’t wear halos; they don’t sprout wings. They’re ordinary people doing ordinary things. But they do ordinary things in an extraordinary way. They try to be like Jesus each and every day.”   He paused and realized his explanation had not succeeded And knew a different approach was needed.   “Son, you ask do saints exist; are they real. Sit down, boy.  Let me tell you about Sister Mary Cecile.”

By Larry Weber