In Memoriam


Sister Rose Celeste O'Connell, OP

(1939-2018)

Sister Rose Celeste O’Connell, OP, died on Thursday, May 17, 2018, at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan. She was 79 years of age and in the 62nd year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.

Sister Rose Celeste was born Mary Ann O’Connell in Chicago to Thomas and Edna (Dion) O’Connell. She graduated from St. Joseph Academy, Adrian, Michigan, and received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Fine Arts and a Master of Science Degree in Guidance, both from Barry College (University), Miami, Florida. She also held certifications in guidance and counseling, substance abuse ministry, and clinical pastoral education and was a certified associate addictions professional.

Sister Rose ministered in education for 28 years in Detroit, Michigan; Miami Shores, West Palm Beach, Fort Pierce, and Riviera Beach, Florida; Rome, Georgia; and Montgomery, Alabama; including nine years as principal in Riviera Beach, West Palm Beach, and Montgomery. Sister Rose was the Pastoral Care Supervisor at Hanley Rehabilitation Center at St. Mary Hospital in West Palm Beach for four years.

Sister Rose served as Secretary of the Adrian Dominican Congregation for 26 years and then was Director of the Congregation Office of Information until her death. For many years Sister Rose organized and facilitated Serenity Retreats at Weber Center and was an active member of the Dominican Sisters Conference and Dominican Leadership Conference.

Sister Rose Celeste was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Thomas. She is survived by her sister, Elinor Kannon, Downers Grove, Illinois, and a loving nephew.

Welcome of Sister Rose will be on Sunday, May 20, 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 Monday, May 21, 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 Rose Celeste:


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Funeral for Sister Rose Celeste:


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Left: Sister Rose Celeste with her parents and her sister Elinor at St. Jude’s in Detroit, 1957.



Left: Sister Rose Celeste, far left, then Secretary of the Congregation, poses with former Secretaries during the 2002 Gathering, from left: Sisters Grace Flowers, Marie Wiedner, Kathleen Walli, Mary Ward, and Helen Sohn. Not shown is Sister Mary Catherine Jordan.



Celebrating Sister Carol Bollin’s Golden Jubilee in 2008 are, from left, Sisters Rose Celeste O’Connell, Dorothy Guettler, Carol Johannes, Carol Bollin, Andrea Broutin, and Helen Sohn.



Left: Sisters Barbara Stanek, left, and Rose Celeste dress as twins for their Jubilee. Right: Sisters Joan Sustersic, left, and Rose Celeste O’Connell



Left: Members of the Hand Bell Choir are, from left, Sisters Mary Alice Naour, Rose Celeste O’Connell, Mary Louise Gass, and Barbara Gass.



Members of the 2015 Diamond Jubilee Class, August Crowd, are: back row, Sisters Marilyn Winter, Rose Celeste O’Connell, Carol Coston, Helen Therese Mayer, and Rita Rose Sieg, and front row, from left, Sisters Mary Ann Ennis, Barbara Ann Stanek, Frances Mary Fitzpatrick, and Therese E. Allgeyer.

 

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(1939-2018)

I am very grateful to our loving God Who has caused great things to happen in the day-to-day little things of life.

My life is full. My feline friends, human friends and a vast ocean with beautiful sunsets are just a few of my many blessings. How I treasure each day and the gifts that God has bestowed on me throughout my life. How can I ever thank God for all that he has done in my life!

So concluded the autobiography written in 2001 by Sister Judith Ann (Judy) Seefeld who at the time was living in Monterey, California, and, although retired from her teaching ministry, was living an active life as a hospice volunteer.

Judy was born on July 20, 1939, in Pontiac, Michigan, to James and Charlotte (Higgins) Seefeld. James, originally from Pleasant Ridge, Michigan, owned his own refrigeration service business. He and Charlotte, from Clawson, Michigan, met and married after high school.

Read more about Sister Judith Ann (pdf)

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(1926-2018) 

On March 6, 1943, having received the application of a not-quite 17-year-old Rosemary Ferguson to enter the Congregation, Mother Gerald Barry wrote a note of reply that included this sentence:

I know that you have a little idea of the good things that you can do for Him, but you have no idea of those greater things that you can work in Him and through Him and for Him with that special grace that he gives to a young girl who offers herself as a handmaid in the same manner as did Mary, His glorious Mother and ours.

While Mother Gerald of course could not know what lay in Rosemary Ferguson’s future as an Adrian Dominican, in hindsight her words seem especially prescient. Just twenty-five years later, Sister Rosemary would be called upon to lead the Congregation through tumultuous times, and did so with God’s “special grace” very much upon her.

Read more about Sister Rosemary (pdf)

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

View the news article Adrian Dominican Sister Rosemary Ferguson, OP, Former Prioress, Dies at 92

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(1919-2018)

The first postulant to enter the Adrian Dominicans from Albuquerque, New Mexico, came in the person of 18-year-old Marie Concepta Garcia.

Born August 15, 1919, Marie Concepta was the daughter of Edwardo and Ramoncita Luna Apodaca. Edwardo died before Marie was born, a victim of the flu epidemic that swept around the world during that time. Ramoncita remarried when Marie was about two years old, and her new husband, Charles Garcia, adopted the little girl. In all, four children came into the Garcia family, including a brother, William, and two sisters, Marceline (Lena) and Rita. Ramoncita worked as a schoolteacher and Charles as an inspector for the Santa Fe Railroad.

Read more about Sister Marie Amada (pdf)

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