In Memoriam

Sister Julia (Joseph Annette) Rudolph, OP


Out of the five children born to Joseph and Anna (Cebula) Rudolph, three were girls – and all three of them would become Adrian Dominican Sisters: Julia (Sister Joseph Annette), Theresa (the future Sister Jean Annette), and Dorothy (whose religious name was Sister Joan Annette).

Julia, the eldest child, was born on December 2, 1924, in Hamtramck, Michigan, followed by Arthur, Theresa, Dorothy, and George. Although the children all grew up during the Great Depression, they had happy childhoods: “Mom and Dad made them so,” Sister Julia said in her life story. Joseph worked wherever he could and was a skilled woodworker who made signs and toys to sell, and Anna “did a great job in managing the household. We were never hungry.”

She and Arthur originally attended St. Florian School, which was staffed by the Felician Sisters and where classes were all in Polish. At the end of the school year, the family moved into St. Augustine Parish in Detroit, and it was here, at St. Augustine School, that Julia and her siblings first met the Adrian Dominican Sisters. She was placed into second grade and was at a disadvantage because, although the family spoke English at home, she needed to learn to read, write, and spell in English.

With the help of her teacher, Sister Mary Donalda Fredricks, she was able to quickly catch up to her classmates and enjoyed school very much. She also loved her teacher. “I told Mom many times that I wanted to be just like Sister,” she said.

Read more about Sister Julia (PDF)

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Avatar  Susan Gildone Rose last yearReply

This message is for (Sister Joan Annette) now Sister Dorothy Rudolph. I was one of her students at St. Francis Cabrini in Conneaut Ohio in the 8th grade. I am looking to find a way to contact her. I am also trying to get in touch with other sisters that I had in school, but I only know their former names. Sister Catherine Robert, Sister Marcia Mary, Sister Mary Loretta, Sister Jean Anthony. I know it is possible some of these nuns have passed since I am now 68. I am planning a Mother Cabrini reunion for the 8th grade graduating class of 1968, and would like to connect with these wonderful women that formed our spiritual and academic paths. Thank you for any help you may be able to give.

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