Father Lucian Ducie, C.P., St Paul of the Cross Province, (1898-1974)

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Born Edward Ducie on June 18, 1898 in Boston. He was the son of Peter and Mary Ducie. He was professed on September 17, 1918 and ordained on June 14, 1924. Father Ducie was an important member of St. Paul of the Cross Province. He spent eight years in the preaching ministry from 1924 to 1931 and 1942 to 1944. He also spent eight years as business manager for The Sign Magazine from 1934 to 1942. This was the midst of the Depression in the United States. When he left the Passionist sponsored periodical was on a sound financial footing. From 1959 to 1974 he lived in the Passionist community in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Perhaps he is most known for his years in the development of the Passionist Retreat Movement Apostolate. Three times he was National Moderator of the Laymen’s Retreat League of the United States. Three times he was the Retreat Director of Passionist Retreat Houses: Pittsburgh from 1931 to 1934; Jamaica, New York from 1959 to 1965, and St. Gabriel’s Retreat House, Brighton, Massachusetts from 1944 to 1959.