In Memoriam


(1928-2019)

Sister Lorraine Morin, formerly known as Sister Anthony Joseph Morin, died on March 22, 2019, at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan. She was 90 years of age and in the 56th year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.

Sister Lorraine was born in Somerville, Massachusetts to Joseph and Adelaide (Ouellette) Morin. She graduated from St. Clement High School in Somerville, Massachusetts and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in French from Siena Heights College (University) in Adrian and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Detroit (Detroit-Mercy). 

Sister Lorraine spent ten years in education ministry in Royal Oak, New Baltimore, Jackson, and Detroit, Michigan and in Cheektowaga, New York. She also ministered in finance and business offices for 32½ years. She served in the following institutions of the Congregation: bookkeeper for two years at Siena Heights College (University); and as a member of the finance staff in the Congregation’s Central Services Office for six years, both in Adrian. In Miami Shores, Florida, at Barry University she served as business office supervisor and as accountant and manager of finance at Barry Villa/University. 

Sister became a resident of Dominican Life Center in 2011. She was preceded in death by her parents; her brothers, Roland, Robert, Fernand, and Alfred; her sister Adelaide Morin; and a cousin, Sister Marie Ouellette, also an Adrian Dominican Sister. She is survived by loving nieces and nephews and her Adrian Dominican Sisters. 

Welcome of Sister Lorraine will be on Monday, March 25, 2019, 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 Tuesday, March 26, 2019, at 10:30 a.m. Both the Vigil Service and the Mass of Christian Burial 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 Lorraine (Anthony Joseph):


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Funeral for Sister Lorraine (Anthony Joseph):


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Right: Sister Lorraine Morin, left, and her Sister Adelaide Morin on a cruise to Alaska


From left: Gathering on Entrance Day, June 26, 1962, are, from left, Adelaide Morin, Sister Lorraine’s sister; Sister Martin Ann Ouellette, cousin; Sister Lorraine; and her parents, Adelaide and Joseph. Sister Lorraine Morin, left, with Marilyn Paus, receptionist for Weber Retreat and Conference Center in Adrian, 2002


Right: From left, Sisters Magdalena Ezoe, Theresia Scheuer, and Lorraine Morin in St. Catherine Chapel, Adrian


From left: Sisters Lorraine Morin, left, and Patricia Dillon pose with Ophelia the camel and her manager during Weber Center’s 2013 Holy Land Pilgrimage. Sister Lorraine with her niece’s husband Bill at Plymouth-Cape Cod


Members of the 2012 Golden Jubilee Crowd are: back row, from left, Sisters Mary Rae Waller, Mary Hrovat, Mary Ellen Youngblood, Attracta Kelly (Prioress), and Mary Alice Hoff; middle row, from left, Sisters Janet Schaeffler, Christine Ostrowski, Mary Ann Dardy, Marianne Supan, and Marie Breitenbeck; and front row, from left, Sisters Mary Lisa Rieman, Lorraine Morin, Bonnie Motto, and Lenore Boivin. Not pictured are Sisters Linda Bevilacqua and Marie Michaella Siplak.

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(1929-2019)

“Something good is to come for these two babies!”

According to Sister Grace Flowers’ twin sister Dorothy, those were the words spoken by a Sister of St. Francis who had cared for the two babies and their mother when the girls were born at St. Francis Hospital in Miami, Florida. The nun had placed the twins on the hospital chapel’s altar when they and their mother were ready to be discharged, and made that fateful prediction.

Dolores, the future Sister Grace, and Dorothy were born on December 16, 1929, to John and Mary (Hatton) Flowers. They were the youngest of John and Mary’s four children; first came Catherine, then Margaret, then the twins. Only three years separated all the girls, and with them being so close in age they did many things together. Sadly, however, Catherine died in 1937 just before her eleventh birthday.

The Great Depression was just getting under way when the twins were born, but “we were not poor because we always owned our own home and had a car,” Grace said in her autobiography, “but we did not have unnecessary things. Mother worked as a registered nurse and my father always had a job.” In Grace’s application to enter the Congregation, she listed John’s job as supervisor for the Miami Transit Company.

Dorothy and Dolores attended public school from grades one through four, until the parish, St. Mary’s, opened its school, and both girls completed their elementary and secondary schooling there. Dolores then enrolled at Barry College (University), which is how she first came into contact with the Adrian Dominican Sisters. She had thought about religious life off and on already, but when she observed the way the Dominicans lived their community life, she knew it was the Congregation for her.

Read more about Sister Grace (pdf)

make a memorial giftMemorial gifts may be made to Adrian Dominican Sisters, 1257 East Siena Heights Drive, Adrian, Michigan, 49221. 

 

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(1940-2019)

When as a high school sophomore Nancy Jane Exworthy, the future Sister Margaret Augustine, told her mother that she wanted to enter religious life, her mother dropped the bowl she was drying and ran upstairs to her room, crying.

It was many years before Nancy Jane found out what had prompted her mother’s emotional reaction. After Nancy Jane made final profession, her mother finally told her the tale of her very difficult birth, to the point that the doctor had come out of the delivery room and asked her father which one, mother or baby, he wanted saved if it came down to that.

“My mother said she prayed and prayed for help, and she heard a voice say to her, ‘She’s mine. Will you give her back to me?’ and my mother said yes, and when she said yes, I was born,” Margaret said in her “A Sister’s Story” video in 2017.

“And I was kind of sickly as a child, so she always thought that some time I’d be gone, and she said when I told her I wanted to be a Sister, she heard the same voice. That’s what startled her and she dropped the bowl; it wasn’t my announcement. She said the voice said, ‘Remember, you promised.’”

Read more about Sister Margaret Augustine (pdf)

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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(1933-2019)

Patrick Joseph Morley and Mary Catherine Finnegan shared a common heritage as immigrants from County Mayo, Ireland, when they met and fell in love in their adopted hometown of Chicago. Their marriage in 1926 would lead to four children: Frank, John, Eileen, and Rita Jean, who would become Sister Sean Morley.

Rita Jean, the youngest of the Morley siblings, was born May 25, 1933. Patrick worked for the Illinois Central Railroad and Mary Catherine oversaw home and family until tragedy struck: Patrick died when Rita Jean was just ten years old, and Mary Catherine provided for herself and her children by going to work as a clerk at the Adler Planetarium.

Still, “my mother continued the spirit of our home with the importance of God in our life, and so our home was filled with laughter and we were very happy,” Sister Sean said in her autobiography. She remained very close with her mother until Mary Catherine died, like her husband at a relatively young age, in 1954.

The family lived in St. Laurence Parish and the children attended the parish school. Rita Jean went on to Loretto Academy for two years and then to Aquinas High School, where she was educated by Adrian Dominicans. Her sister, Eileen, fifteen months her senior, wanted to join the Congregation directly after eighth grade; their mother refused permission at that time but Eileen did enter after her second year of high school, becoming Sister Patrick Mary.

Read more about Sister Sean (pdf) 

make a memorial giftMemorial gifts may be made to Adrian Dominican Sisters, 1257 East Siena Heights Drive, Adrian, Michigan, 49221. 




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