In Memoriam


(1926-2018) 

Sister Rosemary Ferguson, formerly known as Mother Laurence Edward Ferguson, died on April 17, 2018, at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan. She was 92 years of age and in the 74th year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation. Sister Rosemary served as Prioress of the Congregation during the pivotal post-Vatican II years, from 1968 to 1978, when religious life in the United States underwent a transformative renewal.

Sister Rosemary was born in Spalding, Nebraska, to William and Mary (Sullivan) Ferguson. She graduated from Aquinas High School in Chicago, Illinois, and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Barry College (University) in Miami Shores, Florida; a Master of Arts degree in English from Loyola University in Chicago, Illinois, and a Doctor of Ministry degree in Pastoral Ministry from Aquinas Theological Institute in Dubuque, Iowa. She also was licensed as a hospital chaplain by the National Association of Catholic Chaplains. 

Sister Rosemary spent 17 years ministering in education in Detroit, Michigan; Chicago, Illinois; and West Palm Beach, Florida. She was Principal at St. Kilian School in Chicago for six years. She served the Congregation for 17 years: four years as Assistant Director of Postulants; three years as Director of Novices, and 10 years as Prioress of the Congregation. She was Director of the Center for Pastoral Care in Kansas City for three years. Sister Rosemary then moved to Duluth, Minnesota, where she was Staff Chaplain at St. Luke Hospital for three years. She was Chaplain for one year and then CPE Coordinator and Supervisor for 13 years at St. Mary Medical Health Center in Duluth, Minnesota. She became a resident of the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan, in 1999.

Sister Rosemary was preceded in death by her parents and nine older siblings: Loretto, William, John, Leo, Margaret, Ann, Laurence, Edward, and Michael. She is survived by loving nieces and nephews.

Welcome of Sister Rosemary will be on Sunday, April 22, 2018, at 4:00 p.m. in the Dominican Life Center Lobby; the Wake will follow from 4:30 to 7:00 p.m. in the Rose Room of the Dominican Life Center. The Reception of the Body and Vigil Prayer will be at 7:00 p.m. in St. Catherine Chapel. The Funeral Mass will be offered in St. Catherine Chapel on Monday, April 23, 2018, at 10:30 a.m. The Rite of Committal will be in the Congregation cemetery. The Wake, Vigil Prayer and Funeral Mass will be live streamed.

make a memorial giftMemorial gifts may be made to Adrian Dominican Sisters, 1257 East Siena Heights Drive, Adrian, Michigan, 49221. Funeral arrangements are being handled by Anderson-Marry Funeral Home, Adrian.

 

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Left: Generalate Officers elected at the 1968 General Chapter are: front row, from left: Sister Thomas Raymond (Jeanne) Burns, Mother Laurence Edward (Rosemary) Ferguson, and Sister Mary Paul (Noreen) McKeough, and back row, from left, Sisters James Therese (Arthemise) Cassanova, Sister Julita Marie Williams, Sister Christopher (Kathryn) Noonan, Sister John Bride (Mary Catherine) Jordan, and Sister Margaret Michaella (Dorothy) Folliard.

Left: Sister Rosemary’s graduation photo from Aquinas High School, Chicago. Right: Sister Rosemary, right, speaks with other members of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious during a gathering in August 1976.


Left: Sisters Mary Philip Ryan, left, and Rosemary Ferguson


Left: Members of the 1974-78 General Council are, from left, Sisters Rosemary Ferguson, Cathryn Deutsch, Jeanne Burns, Nadine Foley, and Jeanne O’Laughlin. Right: Sister Rosemary at St. Mary’s CPE (Clinical Pastoral Education) Center, Duluth, Minnesota, 1993


Former Prioresses gathered for a group shot during the 2016 General Chapter, during which Sister Patricia Siemen was elected Prioress. The former Prioresses are, from left, Sisters Rosemary Ferguson, Carol Johannes, Nadine Foley, Patricia Walter, Janet Capone, Donna Markham, and Attracta Kelly.


Members of the Diamond Jubilee Class of 2013 are, back row, from left: Sisters Anne Wasco, Mary Jo O’Hanlon, Attracta Kelly (Prioress), Rosemary Ferguson, and Elaine Lederer, and front row, from left, Sisters Ann de Lourdes Plourde, Mary Scheibel, Mary Arnold Benedetto, and Mary Irene Wischmeyer.


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(1919-2018)

Sister Marie Amada Garcia, formerly known as Marie Concepta Apodaca Garcia, died on April 10, 2018, at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan. She was 98 years of age and in the 78th year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.

Sister Marie Amada was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico, to Eduardo Apodaca and Ramoncita Luna Apodaca. After the death of her father, Sister Marie Amada’s mother married Charles Garcia and Sister was adopted by him. 

Sister graduated from St. Vincent Academy in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and received a bachelor’s degree in Latin from Siena Heights College (University) in Adrian and a master’s degree in English from the University of Detroit. 

Sister Marie Amada spent 45 years ministering in education in Chicago and Joliet, Illinois; Winslow, Arizona; Tucumcari and Albuquerque, New Mexico; Des Moines, Iowa; Detroit, Michigan; Oakland and Santa Cruz, California; and Las Vegas, Nevada. She was an immigration counselor from 1985 to 2001 in Catholic Community Services of Nevada, in Las Vegas. 

Sister Marie Amada became a resident of the Dominican Life Center in Adrian in 2009. She was preceded in death by her parents; her brother, William; and her sister, Lena. She is survived by a sister, Rita Lawrence of Carrollton, Texas, and loving nephews and a niece.  

The Funeral Mass will be offered in St. Catherine Chapel on Friday, April 13, 2018, at 10:30 a.m. The Rite of Committal will be in the Congregation cemetery. Ritual of Remembering will take place in the Rose Room at 1:30 p.m. Both the Funeral Mass and the Ritual of Remembering will be live streamed.

make a memorial giftMemorial gifts may be made to Adrian Dominican Sisters, 1257 East Siena Heights Drive, Adrian, Michigan, 49221. Funeral arrangements are being handled by Anderson-Marry Funeral Home, Adrian.

Left: Sisters serving at Queen of Heaven in Albuquerque, New Mexico in 1961 were, back row, from left: Sisters Marie Amada Garcia, James Philip (Mary) Carey, Marie Assumpta (Mildred Ann) Huber, and Mary Benignus (Ellen Mary) Ach; and front row, from left, Sisters Ann Philip Cotta, Marie McGowan, Matthew Mary Foley, and Dorothy Marie Beers.

Left: From left, Sister Marie Amada Garcia, Michelle DeCarie, and Sister Leon Grace Faulhaber stand in front of St. Louis Bertrand Church, Oakland, California. 

Left: Sisters Marie Amada Garcia (left) and Ruth Kennedy celebrate their Diamond Jubilee in 1999.

Left: Left to right, Sisters Nelda Ann Klein, Bernice Nofs, Eleanor Stech, Marie Amada Garcia, and Anne Baxter

Left: Sister Marie Amada Garcia (third row, furthest back, right) poses with the Sisters she taught American Literature in the summer of 1963.

Members of the Double Diamond Jubilee Class of 2009 are: back row, from left, Sisters Dorothy Jeanne Burns, Mary Margaret Beh, Maura Phillips, Attracta Kelly (Prioress), and Virginia Marie LaTourelle, and front row, from left, Sisters Marie Amada Garcia, Irma Gerber, Marie Bride Walsh, and Ruth Kennedy.

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(1921-2018)

Sister Kathleen Donnelly, formerly known as Sister Charles Mary Donnelly, died on April 2, 2018, at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan. She was 96 years of age and in the 79th year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.

Sister Kathleen was born in West Palm Beach, Florida, to Charles and Kathleen (O’Hare) Donnelly. She graduated from St. Joseph Academy in Adrian, Michigan, and received a bachelor’s degree in history and a master’s degree in education, both from Barry College (University) in Miami Shores, Florida.

Sister spent 70 years ministering in elementary education in Detroit, Michigan; Miami Beach, Pensacola, Jacksonville, Hollywood, St. Petersburg, Ft. Lauderdale and Miami, Florida; and in Chicago, Illinois. She was principal for six years at Sacred Heart School in Pensacola, seven years at Our Lady Queen of Martyrs School in Ft. Lauderdale, and 35 years at St. Hugh School in Miami, all in Florida. Sister Kathleen also volunteered in pastoral ministry for 1½ years at St. Patrick Parish in Miami Beach. 

Sister Kathleen became a resident of the Dominican Life Center in Adrian in 2011. She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Betty Jane Spencer. She is survived by a sister, Patricia Lechifflard of Lake Worth, Florida, and loving nieces and nephews.

Welcome of Sister Kathleen will be on Monday, April 9, 2018, 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 of the Dominican Life Center. The Reception of the Body and Vigil Prayer will be at 7:00 p.m. in St. Catherine Chapel. The Funeral Mass will be offered in St. Catherine Chapel on Tuesday, April 10, 2018, at 10:30 a.m. Both the Vigil Prayer and the Funeral will be live streamed. The Rite of Committal will be in the Congregation cemetery. 

make a memorial giftMemorial gifts may be made to Adrian Dominican Sisters, 1257 East Siena Heights Drive, Adrian, Michigan, 49221. Funeral arrangements are being handled by Anderson-Marry Funeral Home, Adrian.

 



 

Vigil for Sister Kathleen (Charles Mary):


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Funeral for Sister Kathleen (Charles Mary):


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Left: Sister Kathleen, principal, and Sister Ann Marie Meagher, assistant  principal, worked together at St. Anastasia, Fort Pierce, Florida.


Left: Sister Kathleen Donnelly with her parents. Right: Sister Kathleen, left, helps to celebrate the Double-Diamond Jubilee (70 years) of Sister Joan Marie Meidinger at the Casa Maria Residence in West Palm Beach, Florida, in June 1996.


Right: Sister Kathleen, standing, and Sister Jeanne O’Laughlin, OP, celebrate St. Patrick’s Day together, 2014.


Sister Kathleen graduates with her master’s degree from Barry College (University), Miami Shores, Florida, on June 30, 1957.

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(1924-2018)

Sister Dorothy Folliard, formerly known as Sister Margaret Michaella Folliard, died on April 1, 2018, at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan. She was 93 years of age and in the 74th year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.

Sister Dorothy was born in Chicago to Michael and Margaret (O’Connor) Folliard. She graduated from Aquinas High School in Chicago and received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Latin from Siena Heights (College) University in Adrian; a Master of Arts Degree in Latin and a Master of Theology Degree in Theology and Scripture, both from Loyola University in Chicago; a Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Greek from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan; and a Master of Arts Degree in Religious Studies from the University of Chicago. 

Sister Dorothy spent 43 years ministering in education in St. Joseph, Ypsilanti, and Adrian, Michigan; Homewood, Oak Park, and Mundelein, Illinois; and San Antonio, Texas. She was principal of St. Edmund School in Oak Park, Illinois from 1951 to 1957. Sister served as a professor at Siena Heights College (University) from 1963 to 1968; professor and Director of Research at the Mexican/American Cultural Center in San Antonio, Texas, for 15 years, and theology professor at St. Mary of the Lake University in Mundelein, Illinois, for nine years. In 1968, Sister Dorothy was elected to the General Council of the Adrian Dominican Sisters and served in that position for six years. 

Sister Dorothy became a resident of the Dominican Life Center in Adrian in 1999. She was preceded in death by her parents; her sisters, Theresa, Helen, and Mary; and her brother, Joseph. She is survived by loving nieces and nephews.

Welcome of Sister Dorothy will be on Wednesday, April 4, 2018, 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 gathering space of St. Catherine Chapel. The Reception of the Body and Vigil Prayer will be at 7:00 p.m. in St. Catherine Chapel. The Funeral Mass will be offered in St. Catherine Chapel on Thursday, April 5, 2018, at 10:30 a.m. Both the Vigil Prayer and the Funeral Mass will be live streamed. The Rite of Committal will be in the Congregation cemetery. 

make a memorial giftMemorial gifts may be made to Adrian Dominican Sisters, 1257 East Siena Heights Drive, Adrian, Michigan, 49221. Funeral arrangements are being handled by Anderson-Marry Funeral Home, Adrian.

 

Vigil for Sister Dorothy (Margaret Michaella):


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Left: Members of the 2004 Diamond Jubilee crowd are, from left: Sisters Dorothy Folliard, Mary Jo O’Hanlon, Eleanor Dougherty, Mary Scheibel, Laverne Feeney, Jean Hitzeman, Rosemary Ferguson, and Rita Schiltz. Right: Sister Dorothy’s graduation photo, Aquinas High School, Chicago, 1942

Sister Dorothy (second row from bottom, second from left) with her fourth-grade classmates at St. Laurence School in Chicago

Left: Generalate Officers elected at the 1968 General Chapter are: front row, from left: Sister Thomas Raymond (Jeanne) Burns, Mother Laurence Edward (Rosemary) Ferguson, and Sister Mary Paul (Noreen) McKeough, and back row, from left, Sisters James Therese (Arthemise) Cassanova, Sister Julita Marie Williams, Sister Christopher (Kathryn) Noonan, Sister John Bride (Mary Catherine) Jordan, and Sister Margaret Michaella (Dorothy) Folliard. Right: At St. Joseph in Homewood, Illinois, late 1940s


Left: Sister Lois Paha (left) visits with Sister Dorothy during a farewell party for Sister Dorothy given by Mexican American Cultural Center, 1991.

Left: Sister Dorothy with her mother. Right: Sister Irene Gray, left, and Sister Dorothy and the General Chapter of 1982

Left: Sister Dorothy (back row, far right) and Sister Veronica Mendez, RCD, pose with seminarians from Mundelein, Illinois, during a visit to San Antonio, 1992.

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