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Sister Geraldine Marie Maloney, Sister Gerry to all who knew her, was born on May 11, 1932, in Chicago to an Irish-American father and an Italian-American mother – so “I have the best of both worlds!” she said in her June 24, 2019, “A Sister’s Story” video.
Sister Gerry’s parents were William and Mary (Jannotta) Maloney, both Chicago natives who lived on the city’s South Side. William was a Chicago police officer, while Mary was a homemaker. Gerry was the oldest of the couple’s four children, with William, Mary Ellen, and Patricia joining the family over time.
Her elementary-school years were spent at Our Lady of Peace School, which was staffed by the Kentucky Dominican Sisters. When it came time for high school, Gerry enrolled at Aquinas Dominican, where she got involved in many activities, including the National Honor Society, the volleyball team, and several clubs. She also had a busy social life that included trips to the movies with her friends every Friday, no matter what was playing.
All of her extracurricular activities at Aquinas brought her into contact with the Sisters who advised those various organizations, so she got to know them on a deeper level than she ever had the Kentucky Sisters. As early as her sophomore year, she began considering entering religious life. She knew that if she did, it would be with the Adrian Dominican Sisters because they were such joyful, happy women. Then, during her senior year, she visited Adrian for the reception of several Aquinas graduates, and that sealed the deal for her.
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The Song of Songs is one of the most beautiful love poems in Scripture. Perhaps that is what Julianne read and heard in her heart in 1950 when she entered the Felicians. She asked to see the lover’s face and to hear his voice. The love letters of God and Julianne were written for twenty years with the Felician Sisters, and then the cleft of life’s rocks echoed the voice of her beloved to the Adrian Dominican Sisters.
Sister Patricia Harvat opened her homily for Sister Julianne Wolny’s funeral with this reflection on Sister Julianne’s long relationship with her God, a connection echoed by Sister Julianne herself when she wrote in one of her annals: “Ever since I left home in 1947 to enter the Felician Academy, I wanted to deepen my relationship with the Lord through a religious commitment.”
Sister Julianne was born on February 16, 1933, in Saginaw, Michigan, to Frank and Martha (Sobkowiak) Wolny, both of whom were born in Germany. She was the oldest child of three, with Bernard and Marianne rounding out the family.
Read more about Sister Julianne (PDF).
For Joan Ann Marconi, an unhappy experience – her parents’ painful divorce – paved the way for something much better in her life: her introduction to the Adrian Dominican Sisters.
Joan was born in Boston on June 23, 1934, to Armand and Irene (Gagliardi) Marconi. It is not known how Armand, a native of Rome, Italy, and Irene met, but they married in Boston in 1931.
Because of complications during her birth, Joan ended up being her parents’ only child. Still, she was surrounded by extended family; she grew up among many uncles and aunts, and Sunday dinners at her maternal grandparents’ house could easily involve some twenty people. In her March 25, 2019, “A Sister’s Story” video, she told the story of how her grandmother fed not only the family but many neighbors as well. It was Joan’s job as a child to take plates of pasta to these neighbors and then, several days later, go around and pick up the plates in preparation for the next Sunday.
She was in about second grade when her parents divorced, and she lived with her maternal grandparents for several years when her mother was offered a job in Miami, Florida. Then, after eighth grade, she moved to Florida to live with her mother. Irene earned a good wage as a bookkeeper, and “life in the sunny South became both exciting and energizing for me,” Sister Joan wrote. “I was also thrilled to be with my Mom."
Read more about Sister Joan (PDF)
On September 6, 1961, three young women arrived in Adrian from San Fernando in the Philippines to begin their formation process to serve as the nucleus for a new Dominican congregation back home. The next September, two more of what Mother Gerald dubbed “The Queen’s Daughters” – because she was so impressed by their gracious manners – joined the two of their countrywomen who had remained.
One of the 1962 arrivals was Evangelina Fernandez, or Vangie as she was called. Vangie was born on April 25, 1932, in Talavera in the Philippine province of Nueva Ecija. Her parents were Ciriaco and Jacinta Garcia Fernandez.
Vangie graduated from Talavera Provincial High School in 1949 and went on to become certified as a teacher by the Philippine Normal School in 1952. She earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary and high school education from Wesleyan College in Cabanatuan City in 1957.
Read more about Sister Evangelina (PDF)
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