In Memoriam


Sister Grace Dougherty, baptized Mary Elizabeth, died on Friday, June 10, 2022, at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan. She was 84 years of age and in the 65th year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.

Sister was born in Chicago to Grace (Bowling) and Albert Dougherty. She graduated from Aquinas High School in Chicago, received a bachelor’s degree in home and family life from Barry College (University) in Miami, Florida, and earned a master’s degree in counseling from Siena Heights College (University) in Adrian. Sister was also certified for pastoral ministry by the National Association of Catholic Chaplains.

Sister Grace ministered over 14 years in elementary education in Detroit, Michigan; Montgomery, Alabama; and Saint Petersburg, Florida. She served as counselor/pastoral minister at the Cathedral of St. Jude in St. Petersburg before being elected to a six-year term in congregational leadership as Co-Provincial of St. Rose of Lima Province, based in West Palm Beach, Florida. She also served the Congregation for six years as Director of Pastoral Care. She ministered for more than 18 years at Mercy Hospital and Medical Center in Chicago, where she served as hospital chaplain and director of spiritual care. 

Sister Grace became a resident of the Dominican Life Center in 2017. She was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers: Albert Dougherty and Charles Dougherty. She is survived by brothers Patrick Dougherty of Michigan City, Indiana, and Robert Dougherty of Chicago; other loving family members; and her Adrian Dominican Sisters. 

Due to COVID-19 mitigation protocols, the Dominican Life Center is closed to all guests or visitors until further notice. All are welcome to participate in Sister’s wake and funeral via live stream

The Vigil Prayer will be held at 7:00 p.m. Thursday, June 16, 2022, in St. Catherine Chapel. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered in St. Catherine Chapel at 10:30 a.m. Friday, June 17, 2022. Prayers of Committal will be held 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.

Sister's Prayer Card (PDF)


Vigil for Sister Grace

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Funeral for Sister Grace

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Right: The Dougherty siblings, from left, Charles, Albert, Sister Grace, Patrick, and Robert

Left: Sister Grace with her parents, Albert and Grace Dougherty

Right: Back row, from left, Sisters Rosemary Abramovich, Carol Johannes, Rita Schaefer, Mary Sue Kennedy, and Mary Ward, and front row, from left, Sisters Grace Dougherty, Helen Sohn, Mary Margaret Pachucki, Nadine Donnelly, and Janet Schaeffler

Left: From left, Sister Grace Dougherty, her brother Bob Dougherty, and Sister Catherine McKillop; Right: Sisters Joella Miller (left) and Grace Dougherty

Left: From left, Sisters Jean Hughes, Jamie Phelps, and Grace Dougherty; Right: Sisters Catherine McKillop, left, and Grace Dougherty

Members of the 2016 Diamond Jubilee June Crowd are: back row, from left, Sisters Margaret O’Flynn, Catherine Camille DeClercq, Jean Crane, Grace Dougherty, and Grace Henneberry; fourth row, from left, Sisters Mary Margaret Mannard, Mary Plunkett, Marian Castelluccio, Attracta Kelly (Prioress), and Donna Joan Mehney; third row, from left, Sisters Jeanne Lefebvre, Patricia Downey, Maureen Gallagher, and Mary Kathryn Cliatt; second row, from left, Sisters Marie Luisa Vasquez, Mary Catherine Gagliano, Jean Tobin, and Rosario Martin; and seated in front, from left, Sisters Pauline Opliger and Sarah Ann Fergus.


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