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Long before Marie Kathryn Reilly, the future Sister Marie Solanus, was born, her mother, Marie Riley, was riding in a Detroit streetcar when she saw what she took to be a church and decided to go inside. She had moved to Detroit to live with her cousin following the tragic death of her fiancé, and her sadness was immense when she walked into that building seeking solace.
It was there that she met Father Solanus Casey, who told her, “God has other plans for you. You are going to meet a very tall Irishman who you will marry and have a happy life.”
Father Solanus’ prophecy came true. When Marie was invited to dinner by a friend, that friend had invited a tall Irishman named Edward to dinner as well. The result, as Sister Marie Solanus wrote in her life story, “was a marriage, three children, a shared deep faith and a lasting friendship with Father Solanus.”
Marie Kathryn, born on July 23, 1933, was the youngest of three children, following Edward and Anne. Anne was born with spina bifida, but on the way to a specialist to be measured for a full body cast, her parents stopped to see Father Solanus, who told them their little daughter would not need the cast. Again, his words turned out to be accurate. In fact, a miraculous healing of her spina bifida even occurred before her next doctor’s appointment, following yet another meeting with Father Solanus.
Given those connections with the man who in 2017 would become Blessed Solanus, it was only natural that years later when Marie Kathryn was received into the Congregation it was with the religious name Sister Marie Solanus.
Read more about Sister Marie Solanus (pdf)
Memorial gifts may be made to Adrian Dominican Sisters, 1257 East Siena Heights Drive, Adrian, Michigan, 49221.
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Sister Pauline Quinn, formerly known as Kathleen (Kathy), died on Friday, March 13, 2020, at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan. She was 77 years of age. Sister Pauline, a privately vowed Dominican, made her final profession of vows to Bishop Raúl Vera López, OP, in 1996.
Sister Pauline was born December 10, 1942, in Hollywood, California, to Joseph and Rosemary (Hodges) Quinn. As a young woman, Sister Pauline experienced much trauma and homelessness. Her discovery of the unconditional love of a dog companion provided her a sense of safety, self-confidence, and belonging. For Sister Pauline, dog was God spelled backward.
In 1981, she initiated a dog-training program in prisons, creating the Prison Pet Partnership in the Washington State Corrections Center for Women. In the early 1980s, Sister ministered in Italy, where she helped refugees at a Salvation Army house in Rome. Sister continued her Prison Pet Partnership mission by giving talks around the world.
In 1985, she founded Pathways to Hope and later Bridges and Pathways of Courage, which encompasses the many projects with which Sister was involved. Sister Pauline’s other ministries have included volunteering with the Comboni Refugee Center in Rome, where she arranged medical care and transportation for the victims of the Bosnian and Gulf wars, as well as assisting refugees from Angola, Ethiopia, and Somalia. She traveled to Haiti after the 2010 earthquake and undertook many other global missions of mercy.
Sister Pauline became a resident of the Dominican Life Center in 2018. She was preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by her daughter, Bernadette Dimitriadis, and her brother, Robert, as well as loving nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Welcome of Sister Pauline will be on Wednesday, March 18, 2020, at 6:00 p.m. in the Dominican Life Center lobby. The Wake will follow from 6:15 to 7:00 p.m. in the Rose Room. The Reception of the Body and Vigil Prayer will be at 7:00 p.m. in St. Catherine Chapel. The Mass of Christian Burial will be offered in St. Catherine Chapel on Thursday, March 19, 2020, at 10:30 a.m. The Rite of Committal will be in the Congregation cemetery.
Memorial gifts may be made to Bridges and Pathways of Courage, 1161 Grignon Street, Green Bay, Wisconsin, 54301, or to the Adrian Dominican Sisters, 1257 East Siena Heights Drive, Adrian, Michigan, 49221.
Right: Sister Pauline with Father Carlos Azpiroz Costa, OP, then Master of the Dominican Order, November 2005
From left: The Quinn cousins, from left, Sister Pauline (Kathy), Sue, Patsy, and Mary Frances, 1988. Sister Pauline and Pax during a visit to Hong Kong, November 2018
The fertile farm territory of Michigan’s “Thumb” region was for many years also fertile in a very different way for the Adrian Dominican Sisters: as a source of vocations.
One of the many young women to enter the Congregation from the Thumb was Ruth Rabideau, who was born in Unionville, a small town located near Gagetown, which was the site of St. Agatha Parish where the Adrian Dominicans taught. Ruth was known to often refer to St. Agatha’s as “the cathedral in a cornfield.”
Born on October 1, 1926, Ruth was the fifth of six children of Francis and Josephine (LaFave) Rabideau. Her siblings were Vernice, Thomas, Robert, Richard, and Joan. The family lived in a large farmhouse along with Francis’ parents, and at times, especially during the Great Depression, aunts and uncles lived there as well. “This all seemed very natural to me since everyone was accepted and loved as an important member of the family,” she wrote in her life story. “It was my first experience of true community living.”
Rural life gave Ruth and her brothers and sisters plenty of places to play and make new discoveries. Summers were times to visit aunts and uncles who lived in other parts of the state and to go with them to the Detroit Zoo, Greenfield Village, and Detroit Tigers baseball games.
Read more about Sister Ruth (pdf)
“We gather this morning to remember a good and a kind and a loving woman who reminded us to live life fully even as her full life began to diminish.”
These words came near the beginning of Sister Mary Sue Kennedy’s homily for Sister Anastasia McNichols, a woman who Sister Mary Sue called “a preacher with her life.”
Anastasia Catherine McNichols was born on November 24, 1928, in Chicago to Leo John and Stasia (Ryan) McNichols. She was the couple’s only child. Leo, who worked as a contractor, died in an accident when Anastasia was just nine months old. Although she never knew her father, she said in her 2016 “A Sister’s Story” video that she grew up hearing stories about what a fine man he was. Her grandparents, with whom Stasia and her young daughter went to live, helped raise – and, by her own admission, spoil – the little girl for the first eight years of her life.
“I was very blessed with a very good family,” she said, not only her grandparents but her uncles and aunts and cousins.
Read more about Sister Anastasia (pdf)
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