Making a Difference ... Changing Lives

From a casual beginning in the middle of a Michigan cornfield, Adrian Dominican Sisters have gone on to influence countless lives as educators, health care professionals, social workers, and pastoral ministers. They have become a voice for those who have been silenced, advocates for those suffering injustice and companions for the poor and most vulnerable among us. In their roles as administrators, retreat leaders, artists and musicians, they discover new ways to preach the Word of God. The Sisters continue to make a difference in our world. 

Wish List

Our donors have always been incredibly generous in their gifts to the Sisters. Please consider helping us with some very practical needs that are on our wish list.

Benches | 2 needed | cost: $1,200 each
Benches add beauty to our campus and provide places for rest, prayer, reflection, and socialization.

Garden Stones | 50 needed | cost: $500 medium size; $1,000 large size
Honor or remember a loved one with a beautiful garden stone while supporting our permaculture site and our sustainability efforts. Stones can be engraved with your short message.

Golf Cart | 1 needed | cost: $7,500
Our campus spans 113 acres. With more than 250 Sisters living on campus, it is often necessary to find ways to transport our Sisters to the cemetery for burials, to the Permaculture area for gardening, to the Weber Retreat & Conference Center for programs, and to our neighboring Siena Heights University for presentations and theater performances. The median age of our Sisters is 81 years old and safety is a key concern. Our current golf cart is 25 years old and has two seats facing forward and two seats facing backward. The two backward-facing seats are rarely used because our senior Sisters simply do not feel safe sitting there. A new  golf cart would allow our Sisters to travel around our campus safely.

Aerator & Windmill for Pond | 1 needed | cost: $1,800
The Nature Area on campus, which includes a pond, is a wonderful place for Sisters and guests to visit to reflect, pray, view wildlife, and to simply enjoy the outdoors. The retention pond needs an aerator to oxygenate the water and promote healthy aquatic life. The windmill would provide a sustainable method of powering the aerator.

DLC Beauty Salon Renovations
Help us to refurbish our dated campus beauty salon, where 250-plus Sisters living on campus receive care.

Shampoo Sinks 3 each $4,750
Roll Away Stand Dryer 1 $   393
Stationary Dryer  1 $   592
Access Styling Chair  2 each $   699
Salon Station with Mirror 3 each $2,058



Ways to Give

CLICK THE BUTTON ABOVE to donate securely on-line using your credit card or checking/savings account. You can even set up a monthly RECURRING GIFT if you prefer.

CALL US AT 517-266-3480 with your credit card number or account number.

MAIL your check or credit card info to: Adrian Dominican Sisters, 1257 E. Siena Heights Drive, Adrian MI 49221.

Giving Opportunities

Sustained Giving Circle
Join our dedicated group of donors who give on a monthly basis. Members of the Sustained Giving Circle receive special communications from us throughout the year and are acknowledged in our Annual Report and other publications. Your gift can be increased, decreased, or canceled at any time. Sustained giving strengthens our Vision to Seek Truth, Make Peace, and Reverence Life. Join online or print and complete this form.

Heritage Society
The Adrian Dominican Sisters’ Heritage Society is a special group of individuals who have generously designated the Adrian Dominican Sisters in their planned giving through wills, charitable bequests, or specific insurance policies. Being a member of the Heritage Society is a wonderful way to continue your legacy. To become a member of our Heritage Society, visit our Planned Giving Page.

Memorial and Tribute Gifts
Our Memorial and Tribute Gift Program offers you the opportunity to remember a loved one who has passed or honor an individual who has made a difference in your life. Individuals honored or memorialized are remembered daily in the prayers of our Sisters. Cards are available for you to use to notify loved ones of your gift. To view a selection of cards that are available, please visit Memorials and Tributes

At the Time of Death
During a bereavement period, friends often seek an appropriate way to express their sympathy. The following statement in the obituary or death notice provides an avenue to make a meaningful gift to remember their loved one: Memorial gifts may be made to the Adrian Dominican Sisters, 1257 East Siena Heights Drive, Adrian, MI  49221-1793.

Gift Designation

We invite you to join us,to invest in the future by considering a gift to support the life and work of the Adrian Dominican Sisters.

Area of Greatest Need

These gifts offer the greatest flexibility and allow us to address the most pressing needs of the Congregation. A donation to the General Fund is an expression of your trust in the Congregation and your confidence that we will maximize your investment as we live our commitment to seek truth, make peace and reverence life.

Gifts to support our retired Sisters often reflect the gratitude our benefactors feel for the Adrian Dominicans they have known over the years. These contributions ensure that when our senior Sisters come to the Dominican Life Center, they will have the resources to maintain their independence as long as possible, receive the care they need as their health declines and experience their “home” as a safe and comfortable environment. 

Ministry Trust
Adrian Dominican Sisters engage in diverse ministries “to further the values of the Gospel.” The Congregation’s Ministry Trust Fund awards grants to grassroots organizations, church groups, social service agencies and other outreach ministries in which Adrian Dominican Sisters are involved. In the most recent funding cycle, 21 grants (pdf), totaling more than $493,000, enriched lives, gave hope and empowered hundreds of individuals across the United States, in South America and in Haiti.


View Your Generosity, Our Service February 2018 Newsletter (pdf)



FOR MORE INFORMATION on any of these options, please contact Amy Palmer, Director of Development at 517-266-3480 or Email her with this link: