Sister Joseph Eugene Fogarty, formerly known as Mildred Fogarty, died on Friday, September 8, 2017 in Santa Cruz, California. She was 89 years of age and in the 67th year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.
Sister was born in San Francisco, California, to Clifton and Mildred (Ward) Fogarty. She graduated from Star of the Sea High School in San Francisco; received a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work from Barry College (University) in Miami Shores, Florida, and a Master of Public Administration from Pepperdine College in Los Angeles, California. She also was certified as a registered nurse by St. Mary’s College in San Francisco.
Sister Joseph Eugene ministered in nursing care for 25 years at Dominican Hospital in Santa Cruz, California, and for 6½ years at Rose de Lima Hospital in Henderson, Nevada, both of which are sponsored by the Adrian Dominican Sisters. She also ministered for 28 years as the Director of Nursing, Director of Outreach, and Outreach Consultant at Star of the Sea Parish and Dominican Oaks Assisted Living Residence in Santa Cruz.
Sister Joseph Eugene was preceded in death by her parents, Clifton and Mildred; her step-mother, Rose, who raised her; and one brother, Eugene. Sister is survived by a niece, Kathleen Fogarty, of Shoreline, Washington.
A Vigil Service for Sister Joseph Eugene will be on Thursday, September 28, 2107 at 3:30 p.m. in St. Catherine Chapel. The Funeral Mass will be offered in St. Catherine Chapel on Friday, September 29, 2017 at 10:30 am. The Rite of Committal will be in the Congregation cemetery. The Vigil Service and Funeral Mass will be live streamed.
Memorial gifts may be made to Adrian Dominican Sisters, 1257 East Siena Heights Drive, Adrian, Michigan, 49221.
In her homily at Sister Mary Rita McSweeney’s funeral on September 15, 2017, Sister Attracta Kelly remembered Sister Mary Rita as a woman who – true to what Jesus asks in the selected Gospel reading – had been deeply committed to helping “the least” in society.
Sister Attracta related a story that Sister Mary Rita had shared with one of their crowd about a homeless man whom she saw every day on her way to work. Rather than passing him by, she would stop to talk with him, and eventually she found him housing and hired him in her ministry.
“As in Mary Rita’s example, it starts by opening our eyes and hearts to the suffering of other human beings,” Sister Attracta said. “The key is to resist the temptation to look the other way or to take refuge in apathy rather than to journey with the open eye and the open heart.”
Read more about Sister Mary Rita (pdf)
When through one woman
A little more love and goodness
A little more light and truth
Come into the world
Then that woman’s life had meaning.
That quote, found among Sister Marion Coppe’s belongings, formed the beginning of Sister Joan Delaplane’s homily at Sister Marion’s funeral on September 2, 2017.
“What an apt and succinct description of our beloved Marion’s life!” said Sister Joan, a longtime friend of Marion’s. “If I were a wise and humble Dominican Preacher, I would sit down now with the realization that Marian has already provided today’s homily hidden in her very organized belongings. It is one thing to ‘choose life’ as Deuteronomy admonishes,* and Marion did; but to choose a life of deep love, sensitivity, and generosity is a whole other thing.”
Read more about Sister Marion (pdf)
Memorial 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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“Because I was born on December 6, 1919, I always knew in an unexpressed smug little way that I had something a bit more special than anyone else in my little world: MY birthday was on St. Nicholas Day. Santa Claus himself and I had a celebration in common.”
So begins the autobiography of Sister Susanne Hofweber, the second of six children born to August and Emily (Campbell) Hofweber. Baptized as Elizabeth Jane, she was the middle child of a set of three – with August (called Jack) the oldest and sister Dorothy born a year and a half after her – that was followed by a baby brother, Jimmy, who died at birth. Later, two more children, Billy and Marian, came into the family. ...
Sister Susanne was nine years old when the Great Depression hit. Her father lost his business and eventually the family was evicted from their home. As time went on, August was able to rebuild a business and even held two patents, one for the first self-contained domestic water heater and another for a process that allowed graphite to be used as a lubricant. With other investors, he was able to build that process into a thriving oil-refining company.
Read more about Sister Susanne (pdf).
Our Adrian Dominican cemetery with its circular headstones is a beautiful place of rest for women who gave their lives in service to God—and a peaceful place for contemplation and remembrance.
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