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I would like to be remembered as a joy-filled Dominican committed to my Adrian Congregation, a person who meets and praises God in the beauty and wonder of creation. I would like the world to be a little better for my having lived in it. As Rich Heffern wrote, I would like to be “marinated in life’s goodness” – then I will be prepared to dance to the joy of life into the heavenly Jerusalem.
Sister Jean Irene McAllister concluded a March 2005 update to her autobiography with these sentences summing up her long life as an Adrian Dominican Sister.
The future Sister Jean Irene was born January 24, 1929, in Redford, Michigan, and baptized Audrey Anita. She was the older of two girls born to Daniel and Genevieve (Wagner) McAllister; her sister Catherine (known as Kay) followed on Christmas Eve 1934.
Both Daniel and Genevieve were born into farming families, Daniel in Kawkawlin Township, Michigan, near Bay City, and Genevieve in Colon, Michigan, in the southwestern part of the state. Daniel’s parents both died when he was very young, however, and he was sent to the St. Francis Boys’ Home in Detroit.
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