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Adrian Crossroads Chapter
Trudy grew up in Detroit as the oldest of nine children (seven girls and two boys) whose parents modeled for them that “the center of our life was faith.”
She was educated by Adrian Dominicans at both St. Bridget School and Rosary High. Having Adrian Dominicans as her teachers throughout her primary and secondary schooling obviously had an influence on her, because she entered the Congregation at the age of 17 and spent 21 years as a vowed member.
But even though she finally made the decision to leave vowed life, “I never really totally left the Congregation,” she says. Eventually, “I felt I had to name my relationship with the Congregation,” and so in the late ‘90s she became an Associate.
Trudy spent much of her life teaching theater and then serving as an administrator at Siena Heights University (SHU). For most of her career, she directed the child drama program begun at SHU by Sister Therese Craig, working with children and teaching SHU students, especially those interested in becoming teachers.
Now retired from Siena Heights, Trudy trained as a spiritual director through the Dominican Center for Spirituality because she knew how important spiritual direction had been in her own life. And now, “it’s such a privilege to walk with people on their journey,” she says.
She is a proud new mom to a 4-month-old Labradoodle named Clancy, who is “energetic and all dog!”