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… I am daring to assume the role of representative of my people in the Dominican Republic. This is because I know you and am aware of your total dedication to our most needy people. In your constant way of bringing hope and consolation in the most difficult situations, you always transmitted hope and peace. This was your way of being, and I am certain that wherever else you went, you always left your same unique legacy.
Sister Luisa Campos, a native of the Dominican Republic, wrote these words for Sister Margaret Lane’s wake, honoring a woman whose long life of service included some fifteen years of ministry among the people of the D.R.
Julia Marie Lane was born January 22, 1930, in Detroit to Timothy and Margaret (Conway) Lane. Timothy was born in County Cork, Ireland, and came to America after fighting in Ireland’s civil war. According to Sister Margaret’s autobiography, “since he was not on the winning side, the Irish Free State” there was no future for him in his homeland.
He settled in Detroit, became a city bus driver, and met his future wife, Margaret Mary Conway – an Irish immigrant herself, from County Cork – at the Gaelic League, an Irish-American social club in Detroit. The couple would go on to have five children who lived to adulthood: Julia, who was named for her paternal grandmother; Kathleen; Lilly; Kevin; and Peggy, born right before Julia was received as a novice. Another child, a girl, died at three days old.
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