"It's important for people to have a place they know they can go," said Lucille, when talking about the members of the community that frequent her food pantry at St. Ferdinand Convent.
Although she is no longer the church's administrator, Lucille still retains an office on the second floor. If anyone were looking for her on a Monday, they would need to call the office for her. Although Lucille is quiet sharp for her age, she has no desire to try to figure out cell phones. "They can call me here, they just have to wait until I climb the stairs to call them back," said Lucille.
While the pantry keeps her busy on Mondays, as the mother to 14 children and grandmother to 34, she is not alone very often. She jokes with her children, "at least I take a shower once a week." Taking the hour long bus ride to the convent by herself worries her children. But Lucille is not worried and sees little reason why they should be.
The ranch style house in Elk Grove, where her and her late husband Peter moved in the 1980s, houses more than memories.
Several walls and an entire room are dedicated to walls covered in photos of each family memeber, and their family. Lucille's family tree is well documented.