In Memoriam


Sister Philomena Perreault, formerly known as Marie Therese Perreault, died Tuesday, May 7, 2019, at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan. She was 94 years of age and in the 67th year of her religious profession: 51 years in the Dominican Sisters of Edmonds, Washington, and 16 years in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.

Sister was born in Manchester, New Hampshire, to Arthur and Marie (Arel) Perreault. She graduated from Holy Angels Academy in Seattle, Washington, and received a Licensed Practical Nursing degree from Gray’s Harbor Community College in Aberdeen, Washington.

Sister Philomena spent nine years ministering in environmental services in Everett and Edmonds, Washington, and in Menlo Park, California. She returned to Washington State and served as a nurse for seven years at St. Helen Hospital in Chehalis, one year at St. Joseph Hospital in Aberdeen and four years at St. Alphonsus Convent in Seattle. 

Sister ministered for 10 years at the Mexican Mission Clinic in Acolman, Mexico, serving the people and orphans by fulfilling the role of mother, nurse, and care-giver for the children, staff, and volunteers. In 1997 she began her ministry in Haiti and served for 11 years at Nuestros Pequenos Hermanos Orphanage, where she was in charge of the infants and toddlers. Sister Philomena then moved to Pere Damien Hospital in the mountains of Kenscoff, Haiti, where she ministered to the orphans for four years. 

Sister Philomena became a resident of the Dominican Life Center in Adrian in 2010. She was preceded in death by her parents; her sisters, Irene DiPietro and Rita Perreault; and a brother, Lucian Perreault. She is survived by nieces, nephews, and her Adrian Dominican Sisters.

Rite of Committal (burial) for Sister Philomena will be held on Wednesday, May 8, 2019, at 1:30 p.m. in the Congregation cemetery.  A Memorial Mass will be on Tuesday, May 14, 2019, at 10:30 a.m. in St. Catherine’s Chapel. The Ritual of Remembering will be held on Tuesday, May 14, 2019, at 1:30 p.m. in the Rose Room at the Dominican Life Center. Both the Memorial Mass and the Ritual of Remembering will be live streamed

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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From left, Sister Philomena, Father Richard Frechette, who worked with her at the orphanage in Haiti, and Mother Teresa of Calcutta with a baby from the orphanage. Sister Philomena enjoys a light moment at the 2018 Fall Family Fest, held in the Dominican Life Center courtyard for Co-workers and their families.

From left: The last Sisters to reside at Rosary Heights in Edmonds, Washington are, from left: Sisters Dorothy L. Berg, Michele Kopp, Mary White, Philomena Perreault, and Judy Byron. Sister Philomena at an audience with Pope John Paul II

From left, Sister Fidelis Halpin; Father William Wasson, founder of Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos Orphanage in Haiti; and Sister Philomena Perreault, January 17, 1983. Members of the 2012 Diamond Jubilarians August Crowd are: back row, from left, Sisters Marion O’Loughlin, Diane Odette, Diana Bader, Norma Dell, Mary Ann Zakrajsek, and Attracta Kelly (Prioress) and front row, from left, Sisters Marie Quenneville, Mary Nugent, Jean Horger, Philomena Perreault, Barbara Bieker, and Mary Giacopelli.

Sister Philomena with her family: from left, Kathy; her father, Arthur; Sister Philomena; Rita; Frank; Richard; Andrew; and her mother, Marie.


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