In Memoriam

Sister Dorothy Jeanne Burns, OP


Sister Dorothy Jeanne Burns, formerly known as Sister James Marie Burns, died on Thursday, June 6, 2019, at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan. She was 98 years of age and in the 80th year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.

Sister Dorothy Jeanne was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan, to James and Josephine (Rano) Burns. Sister graduated from St. Joseph Academy in Adrian and received a bachelor’s degree in history and a master’s degree in education, both from Siena Heights College (University) in Adrian. 

Sister spent 50 years ministering in education in Munising, Utica, Alpena, Port Huron, Detroit, Saginaw, Walled Lake, East Lansing, Harper Woods, Monroe, and Dearborn, Michigan; Chicago and Elmwood Park, Illinois; Cleveland and Toledo, Ohio; and Gilbert, Arizona. She was principal for seven years at St. Alphonsus School in Dearborn and three years at St. Michael School in Monroe, both in Michigan, and two years at Blessed Sacrament School in Toledo, Ohio. She was the Christian Service Coordinator for 15 years at St. Alphonsus Parish in Dearborn. 

Sister Dorothy Jeanne became a resident of the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan, in 2005. She is survived by loving nieces and nephews.

Welcome of Sister Dorothy Jeanne will be on Monday, June 10, 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, June 11, 2019, at 10:30 a.m. Both the Vigil 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 Dorothy Jeanne (James Marie):

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Funeral for Sister Dorothy Jeanne (James Marie):

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Center: First Holy Communion; Right: Sister Dorothy Jeanne Burns on a home visit in 1944

From left: Sister Dorothy Jeanne poses with her parents during her first home visit in 1941. Sister Dorothy Jeanne Burns receives Communion from Pope John Paul II during Mass at the Silverdome in Detroit, September 19, 1987.

Postulants on Entrance Day – June 23, 1938 – are, from left, Sisters Mary Agnes Brennan, Ruth Thome, Agnes Stewart, Dorothy Jeanne Burns, Elizabeth Gerber, and Ruth Kennedy.

From left: Sister Dorothy Jeanne Burns cuts the cake for the celebration of the 150th anniversary of St. Alphonsus Parish, Dearborn, Michigan, 2004. Sisters Dorothy Jeanne Burns, left, and Betty Dolan stand in front of Stella Maris Church in Rome.

From left: From left, Sister Diane Odette, Gertrude Onderbeke from the parish, Father Eugene Fedewa, and Sister Dorothy Jeanne Burns celebrate Halloween at St. Alphonsus Parish, Dearborn, Michigan. Members of the 2014 75-year Jubilee crowd are: back row, from left, Sisters Dorothy Jeanne Burns, Mary Margaret Beh, Maura Phillips, Attracta Kelly (Prioress) and Virginia LaTourelle, and front row, from left, Sisters Marie Amada Garcia, Irma Gerber, Marie Bride Walsh, and Helen Patrick Bartley.

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