In Memoriam

Sister Carmen Joseph Dominguez, OP


Sister Carmen Joseph Dominguez, baptized Damiana Dominguez, died on Thursday, August 4, 2022, at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian. She was 82 years of age and in the 60th year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.

Sister Carmen Joseph was born in Sevilla, Spain, to Jose and Carmen (García) Dominguez. She graduated from Colegio Santo Domingo in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, and obtained a bachelor’s degree in Spanish from Siena Heights College (University) in Adrian; a master’s degree in Spanish and a master’s degree in social work from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor; and a Master of Divinity degree in scripture/pastoral counseling from St. John Seminary in Plymouth, Michigan. 

Sister Carmen Joseph spent more than 13 years ministering in education in Joliet, Illinois, and Utica, Tecumseh, Hudson, Southgate, and Detroit, Michigan. She served for more than nine years in pastoral work in East Detroit and Dearborn Heights, Michigan; five years as the Director of Liturgy at St. Basil in East Detroit; and more than 18 years as a victim advocate at First Step in Plymouth, Michigan. 

Sister Carmen Joseph became a resident of the Dominican Life Center in 2020. She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Diego; and a sister, Carmen. She is survived by a loving niece and family 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 services via live stream.

The Vigil Prayer will be held at 7:00 p.m. Friday, August 5, 2022, in St. Catherine Chapel. A Funeral Mass will be offered in St. Catherine Chapel at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, August 6, 2022, and burial will take place at a later date.

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 Carmen Joseph

Worship Aid (PDF)

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Funeral for Sister Carmen Joseph

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Left: Damiana Dominguez, the future Sister Carmen Joseph, at the age of four in Seville, Spain. Right: Enjoying dinner together are members of the Dominguez family: Damiana, her parents Jose and Carmen, and her sister Carmen.

Left: From left, Sisters Cecilia Mary (Anne L.) Lindquist, Mary Cherubim (Joyce) Banks, and Carmen Joseph Dominguez.

Left: From left, Sisters Patricia McCarty and Carmen Joseph Dominguez play Christmas carols during their mission group’s Christmas party. Right: Sister Mary Ann Dixon, left, with Sister Carmen Joseph Dominguez

Left: Damiana, the future Sister Carmen Joseph, left, and her older sister Carmen. Right: Enjoying their time together are, standing, from left, Sisters Claudia Hinds, Barbara Gass, Elizabeth Kreiner, Virginia Beattie, and Carmen Joseph Dominguez, and seated, from left, Sisters Leonita Noetzel and Mary Katherine Homan.

Left: From left, Sister Carmen Joseph’s niece Rocio, Sister Carmen Joseph, and her sister Carmen. Right: The Dominguez family includes back row, from left, Sister Carmen Joseph’s brother Diego, Sister Carmen Joseph, and her sister Carmen, and front row, from left, their parents, Carmen and Jose Dominguez.


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Avatar  John Ruane last weekReply

Sister Carmen was my homeroom teacher at Bishop Borgess High School in 1978/79. Every day she was full of the joy of the Lord, and was 100% real. I look forward to seeing Sister Carmen and all the faithful departed again in heaven.

Avatar  Rocio Guzman Dominguez last weekReply

Tia Dami!! Me vas a hacer mucha falte!!! Te quiero mucho!!

Avatar  Rocio Guzman Dominguez last weekReply

Tia Dami!! Me vas a hacer mucha falte!!! Te quiero mucho!!

Avatar  Rocio Guzman Dominguez last weekReply

The best aunt in whole world!! Im gone miss you a lot! But heaven now is a best place with you there!!! Love you Tia Dami!!

Avatar  Theresa Bizoe last weekReply

Rest In Peace, dear Carmen. I am grateful that you shared your many skills in your work at First Step. Survivors who attended your support groups often became like family. You helped so many people overcome the trauma of abuse and to find peace and connection again.

I will miss our talks about the Catholic Church, music and fundraising (Carmen was an awesome ticket seller).

To your sisters at the Adrian Dominicans, and to your niece, and your many friends at First Step, I am sorry for your loss.

May perpetual light and God’s peace shine upon her.

Avatar  Julie last weekReply

I had "Hermana" Carmen for high school Spanish classes back in the early 80s. She was the sweetest, and lots of fun. I can still see and hear the way she would tell a joke and snicker.

Avatar  Waqas Jilani last weekReply

Sister Carmen was an amazing individual! She literally saved my life and my mental well being when she was at First Step. I was very sad to hear of her passing. She is truly one of the good ones who dedicated her whole life to helping others. I will be praying for her and her family.

Avatar  Nancy Liebau last weekReply

Thank you Sister Carmen for Friendship, Laughter,
and Fun, that was shared with us through many years
Through Prayer, Song, Celebrations and “Gaspacho” - ❤️The Liebau Family - Don, Nancy, Dan, Kelly,
Kristen,Andy and Katie 🌈 🎶

Avatar  Pete Micus last weekReply

She instructed me in Spanish for four years at Bishop Borgess high school. My Spanish fluency from her instruction allowed me to find better jobs.

Her legacy of Spanish instruction has been passed to my kids - all of whom speak Spanish.

She helped my life. Thank you Hermana Carmen.

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