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.
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.
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.
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I did not have Sr George Monica at St Gemma’s School In Detroit Mi. as a teacher. However would see her flit in the hallways here and there. Her rosary went about as fast as she did. She was quite educated which was kind of unheard of back in the day. Know she will be in great company with those who went before her to her Heavenly Home.
Sr. Monica was my 6th and 7th grade teacher at St. Gemma school in Detroit MI. I remember her as one of my favorite instructors. She was also a valued friend of my mother. I was surprised to learn here that she has a surviving sister who lives about 12 miles from where I now live in Poulsbo, WA.May her soul and the souls of all the faithfully departed, through the mercy of God, rest in eternal peace!
What beautiful pictures of Sr. Monica! Stunning!
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