Sister Marie Carmen Gonzales, formerly known as Maria Carmen Gonzales, died on Friday, February 8, 2019, at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan. She was 92 years of age and in the 59th year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.
Sister Marie Carmen was born in Albert, New Mexico, to Desidero and Vincentita (Montano) Gonzales. She graduated from Mosquero High School in Mosquero, New Mexico, received a bachelor’s degree in Spanish from Siena Heights College (University) in Adrian, and earned a master’s degree in elementary education from Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff.
Sister spent 31½ years ministering in education in Kingman, Arizona; Albuquerque and Belen, New Mexico; Las Vegas, Nevada; and El Paso, Texas. She was administrator of Queen of Heaven School in Albuquerque, New Mexico, from 1981 to 1983, and director of the Pre-School at Church of the Risen Savior in Albuquerque, New Mexico, from 1984 to 1986. Sister was housekeeper at the Adrian Dominican House of Studies in Washington, D.C., from 1960 to 1967.
Sister Marie Carmen was preceded in death by her parents; brothers Joseph Maestas, Leo, and Victor Arguello; and sisters Cecilia Trujillo, Marie, Amelia, Elvera, and Alice Tafoya. She is survived by two brothers, both from New Mexico: Johnny Arguello of Los Lunas and Eloy Arguello of Logan; and five sisters, all from New Mexico: Annie Bailey of Tucumcari, Tillie Archuleta of Clovis, Corrine Baca of Mosquero, Adelena Lopez of Albuquerque, and Jane Sandoval of Mosquero.
PLEASE NOTE CHANGE IN DATES FOR VIGIL AND FUNERAL:
Welcome of Sister Marie Carmen will be on Wednesday, February 13, 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 Funeral Mass will be offered in St. Catherine Chapel on Thursday, February 14, 2019 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.
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.
Left: Sister Marie Carmen’s parents, Vincentita (left) and Desidero Gonzales
Left: Sister Marie Carmen, front row, far left, with other novices, August 1959
Right: Sister Marie Carmen Gonzalez presides at a First Holy Communion program, Wagon Mound, New Mexico, July 1997.
Left: Members of the Red Hat Society are, from left, Sisters Marie Carmen Gonzales, Mary Willard Reagan, and Clara Patricks.
From left: Sister Marie Luisa Vasquez and Sister Marie Carmen Gonzales. Members of the Rio Grande Mission Group of the Southwest Chapter visit the Black Canyon Monument in Montrose County, Colorado, May 27, 2001. Shown are: back row, from left, Sister Charlotte Anne Swift, Pauline Richter, Sarah Sharkey, Lois Paha, Donna Kustusch, Clara Patricks, and Michael Claire Wilson, and front row, from right, Sisters Mary Anne McElmurry, Anne Baxter, Marie Carmen Gonzales, and Eleanor Stech.
Members of the 2009 Golden Jubilee Class are, back row, from left, Sisters Mary Kay Moran, Teresa Disch, Emilie Petelin, and Mary Ann Ferguson and front row, from left, Sisters Therese Johnson, Dorothy Glaister, Marie Carmen Gonzales, and Jane Zimmerman, with Donna Markham (Prioress).
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Sister Monica Kim, formerly known as Sister George Monica Kim, died on Sunday, February 10, 2019, at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan. She was 89 years of age and in the 61st year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.
Sister Monica was born in Yungyou, North Korea, to Lawrence and Monica (Kwak) Kim. She graduated from Soo-Do High School in Seoul, South Korea, and received a Bachelor of Home Economics degree from Seoul National University in Seoul, Korea, and a Bachelor of Home Economics degree and a Master of Education degree, both from Siena Heights College (University) in Adrian. She also received a Master of Science degree in Home Economics from Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan, and a Master of Theology degree in Family Ministry from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California.
Sister Monica spent 24½ years ministering in education in Adrian and Detroit, Michigan; West Palm Beach and Miami Shores, Florida; Hayward, Carmel, Mountain View and San Jose, California; Tucson, Arizona; Manhattan, Kansas; and Nassau, Bahamas. This includes six years as professor at Barry College (University) in Miami Shores. She was an office assistant for seven years at St. Thomas Aquinas Parish in Palo Alto, California. Sister ministered in social work for 13 years at Catholic Charities in Colton and at Mary’s Mercy Center in San Bernardino, both in California. She also served for two years as associate director in the Family Life Office in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Sister Monica became a resident of the Dominican Life Center in Adrian in 2006.
Sister Monica was preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by a sister, Barbara Choi of Edmonds, Washington.
Rite of Committal (burial) for Sister Monica will be held on Monday, February 11, 2019, at 2:00 p.m. in the Congregation Cemetery. The Memorial Mass will be on Monday, February 11, 2019, at 7:00 p.m. in St. Catherine Chapel. The Ritual of Remembering will be held on Tuesday, February 12, 2019, at 11:00 a.m. in St. Catherine Chapel.
From left: Sister Monica Kim with her New York parents in December 1959, the day after her reception into the novitiate. Monica packs for her entrance into the Adrian Dominican Congregation from Astoria, New York, 1957
Left: Sister Monica with her school friends at the Seoul Airport, June 1963
From left: Sister Monica conducts a parish leader training session. Sister Monica at Barry College (University)
Left: Sister Monica helps Sister Helen Walsh to celebrate her Golden Jubilee, August 27, 1995 at Our Lady of Mount Carmel. Right: Sister Monica with her blood sister, Mrs. Barbara Choi
From left: Sisters Kathleen Nolan, Ann Rozalia Szabo, Rosa Monique Peña, Adella Diederich, and Monica Kim. Sisters Teresa Estrada, Mary Catherine Evans, and Monica Kim after a Wellsprings Mission Group meeting, November 1991
Members of the 2007 Golden Jubilarian Class are: back row, from left, Sisters Joella Miller, Mary Ann Phillip, Margaret Ann McGuiness, Mary Therese Napolitan, Barbara Cervenka, Sharon Culhane, and Evelyn Montez; second row, from left, Sisters Joanne Evans, Jude Van Baalen, Janet Traut, Dorothea Gramlich, Eunice Drazba, Frances Lombaer, and Bernitha Glombowski; and front row, from left, Sisters Helen McAllister, Susan Elaine Kresse, Katherine Kenny, Joan Kowalski, Monica Kim, Helen Diane McGuirt, and Patricia Brady. Not pictured is Sister Patricia Reno.
Sister Nora Brady, formerly known as Sister Marie Phelim Brady, died on Saturday, January 5, 2019, at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan. She was 93 years of age and in the 70th year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.
Sister was born in County Cavan, Ireland, to Mathias and Annie (Shierdan) Brady. She graduated from St. Joseph Academy in Adrian and received a bachelor’s degree in English and a master’s degree in administration/supervision, both from Siena Heights College (University) in Adrian.
Sister Nora spent 39 years ministering in elementary education in Detroit, Jackson, Pinckney, and Greenville, Michigan; Chicago, Illinois; and Carmel, California. This includes nine years as principal and teacher at St. Mary School in Pinckney, Michigan. In Chicago, Sister ministered at St. Denis Parish for 32½ years: 19 years as elementary teacher, and 13½ years in the hospitality ministry. She also served as Prioress of the Dominican Motherhouse Campus for three years.
Sister Nora became a resident of the Dominican Life Center in Adrian in 2015. She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Hugh; and four sisters: Anne, Mary, Susan and Brigid. She is survived by a nephew, Mathew Kane of County Caven, Ireland, and her Adrian Dominican Sisters.
Rite of Committal (burial) was held on Monday, January 7, 2019, in the Congregation cemetery. The Memorial Mass will be on Friday, January 18, 2019, at 10:30 a.m. in St. Catherine Chapel. The Ritual of Remembering will be held on Friday, January 18, 2019, at 1:30 p.m. in the Rose Room of the Dominican Life Center.
From left: From left, Sisters Nora Brady and Elizabeth Lynch. From left, Sisters Nora Brady, Diane Miller, and Thomasita Moran in front of the St. Denis convent in Chicago, October 1983
From left: From left, Sister Nora Brady; Father Larry Dowling, pastor of St. Dens Parish in Chicago; and Sister Elizabeth Lynch. Standing, from left, Sisters Helen Patrick Bartley, Elizabeth Lynch, Nora Brady, Patricia Downey, and Carolyn Nelson, and seated from left, Sisters Patricia McCarty and Georgina Luznicky
Members of the 2008 Diamond Jubilee Class are: back row, from left, Sisters Nora Brady, Marie Geraldine Brownell, Celestine Dunne, Alice Riegel, Patricia Wiley, John Norton Barrett, Mary Schmagner, and Therese DeCanio, and front row, from left, Sisters Mary Helen Mack, Joan Sopha, Mary E. Quinn, Dorothy Thielk, Margaret Urban, Patricia Ann Hurley, Marion O’Connor, and Judith Mary Singer.
Sister Cecilia Marie Brown, formerly known as Barbara Jane Mary Brown, died on Saturday, January 5, 2019, at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan. She was 95 years of age and in the 76th year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.
Sister Cecilia Marie was born in Rockford, Illinois, to William and Grace (Taylor) Brown. She graduated from Bishop Muldoon High School in Rockford and received a bachelor’s degree in history and a master’s degree in guidance, both from Siena Heights College (University) in Adrian.
Sister ministered for 18 ½ years in elementary education in Detroit, Flint, Grosse Pointe Farms, Rockwood, and Walled Lake, Michigan; 11 years in elementary education in Chicago, Elgin, Joliet, Loves Park, Oak Lawn, Oak Park, and Rolling Meadows, Illinois; and two years as elementary school principal in Jefferson and two years as elementary school principal in Darlington, both in Wisconsin. Sister also ministered for 18 years in several programs for senior citizens in Rockford, Bartlett, and Sycamore, Illinois.
Sister Cecilia Marie became a resident at Weber Center in Adrian, in 2009. She was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters, Cecilia Fay and Marilyn Brown, OP (Adrian Dominican Sister William Marie); and two brothers, Gordon and Robert. She is survived by a sister, Rosemary Naill of Winnebago, Illinois, and loving nieces and nephews.
Rite of Committal (burial) was held on Monday, January 7, 2019, in the Congregation cemetery. A Memorial Mass will be held on Tuesday, January 15, 2019, at 10:30 a.m. in St. Catherine Chapel. The Ritual of Remembering will be held on Tuesday, January 15, 2019, at 1:30 p.m. in the Rose Room of the Dominican Life Center.
Center: First Holy Communion. Right: Discerning her vocation
Left: The Brown family: standing, from left, Sister Marilyn Brown, Gordon Brown, Rosemary Naill, Cecilia Fay, Bob Brown, and Sister Cecilia Marie Brown; and seated, from left, Grace and William Brown, the parents
From left: From left, Sisters Joan Marie Weithman, Jane Quirk, Cecilia Marie Brown, and Alice Anne Van Acker, Diocese of Rockford, Illinois, circa 1980s. Sister Cecilia Marie entertains Sisters at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian during a special program in 2013.
Left: Celebrating 75 years of religious life in 2017 are: Standing from left, Sisters Patricia Siemen (Prioress), Maureen Therese Masuga, Cecilia Marie Brown, and Miriam Joseph Lekan; and seated, from left, Sisters Carol Louise Hiller, Virginia O’Reilly, and Mary Willard Reagan.
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