In Memoriam

(1941 - 2023)

Sister Mary Katherine Drouin, formerly known as Sister John Gabriel, died on Sunday, March 12, 2023, at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian. She was 81 years of age and in the 62nd year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.

Sister Mary Katherine was born in Laurium, Michigan, to Alden and Rita (Gorski) Drouin. She graduated from Resurrection High School in Lansing, Michigan, and received a bachelor’s degree in speech and drama from Barry College (University) in Miami, Florida.

Sister spent 13 years ministering in education in Miami Shores and Pompano Beach, Florida; Charlottesville, Virginia; Oxon Hill, Maryland; and Ann Arbor, Michigan. She spent 14 years in pastoral care in impoverished areas in Kentucky and served 17 years as Director of Resurrection Home in Beattyville, Kentucky. She practiced reiki, reflexology, and alternative healing for many years.

Sister Mary Katherine came to reside at the Dominican Life Center in 2021. She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Skip. She is survived by loving family members and her Adrian Dominican Sisters.

Prayers of Committal were held at 2:30 p.m. on Monday, March 13, 2023, in the Gathering Space of St. Catherine Chapel, followed by burial in the Congregation Cemetery. A Memorial Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. ET on Tuesday, March 28, 2023 in St. Catherine Chapel.

All those not attending Sister's services in person are welcome to participate via livestream at

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.




collage of photos of Sister Mary Kay Drouin

Far right: 1959 graduate of Resurrection High School, Lansing, Michigan.

collage of photos of Sister Mary Kay Drouin

Left: Alden and Rita Drouin with their children, Skip and Mary Katherine.

collage of photos of Sister Mary Kay Drouin

Left: Sister Mary Katherine Drouin participates in a local parade. Right: From left, Sisters Maria Goretti Browne, Gretchen Greening, Mary Katherine Drouin, and Helen Diane McGuirt.

collage of photos of Sister Mary Kay Drouin

Left: Members of the 2010 Golden Jubilee “Holy Angels” Crowd are, back row, from left, Sisters Kathleen Walli, Kathleen Voss, Mary Katherine Drouin, Molly Giller, Helene Kloss, and Monica Charles Stankus, and front row, from left, Sisters Marie Carleen Maly, Annice Mordenski, Jamie Phelps, Mary Ann Dixon, Maurine Barzantni, Mary Carr, and Donna Markham (Prioress).


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