In Memoriam

Sister Mary Kathryn Cliatt, OP(1932-2023)

Our Dominican brother, Meister Eckhart, said: “Those who follow compassion will find life for themselves, justice for their neighbors, and glory for God.” I believe that each of us was created by Love, out of Love, for Love, to be a unique manifestation of that Love for a short period of time on Mother Earth; then, be one with that Love for all Eternity. Truly, Angie loved life and found her life especially meaningful in being Christ’s compassionate Presence wherever there were people in need. 

This quote is taken from the funeral homily preached by Sister Joan Delaplane for Sister Angela Susalla, who counted among her ministries six years of service in rural western Tennessee and thirty-one years in Tunica, Mississippi, in both places serving some of this country’s most disadvantaged residents.

Mary Angela Susalla was born May 31, 1932, in Detroit to David and Bertha (Zinger) Susalla. She was the fourth of eight children, coming after David, Elda, and Ernest and before Elaine, Tom, Larry, and Karen.

Her parents both grew up in Michigan’s “Thumb” area; David was born in Paris Township, and Bertha, although she was born in Detroit, spent her early childhood in Ubly. The two first met in school, reconnected after both had moved to Detroit, and 
married in 1926.

Read more about Sister Angela (PDF).


make a memorial giftMemorial gifts may be made to Adrian Dominican Sisters, 1257 East Siena Heights Drive, Adrian, Michigan, 49221. 

Sister's Memorial Card (PDF)

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