In Memoriam

Sister Kathleen Therese McCann, OP


Sister Kathleen Therese McCann, baptized Mary Helen McCann, died on Monday, April 4, 2023, at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan. She was 97 years of age and in the 75th year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.

Sister was born in Bristol, Quebec, Canada, to Edmund and Mary Catherine (Bennett) McCann. She graduated from Holy Rosary High School in Detroit and received a bachelor’s degree in Latin from Barry College (University) in Miami, Florida, and a master’s degree in education from the University of Detroit (University of Detroit Mercy). She was also licensed in Clinical Pastoral Service by the United States Catholic Conference.

Sister Kathleen Therese ministered for more than 25 years in elementary and secondary education in Lansing, St. Clair Shores, New Baltimore, Dearborn, and Detroit, Michigan, and in West Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Fort Walton Beach, and Miami, Florida. She served 14 years as executive secretary to the Adrian Dominican Sisters in congregational offices in Adrian and in West Palm Beach, Florida. She also ministered 12 years as a chaplain at St. Joseph Hospital in Tampa, Florida, and one year at St. Mary Hospital in West Palm Beach. 

She Kathleen Therese became a resident at the Dominican Life Center in 2002. She  was preceded in death by her parents and sisters, Betty LePine, Beatrice Karakashian, Lois Healy and Therese Abraham and a brother, Michael McCann. She is survived by a brother, Donald McCann of Riverview, Florida; other loving family members; and her Adrian Dominican Sisters.

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Visitation will be held from 6:30-7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 12, 2023, in the gathering space of St. Catherine Chapel. The Vigil Prayer will be held at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, April 12, 2023, in St. Catherine Chapel. A Funeral Mass will be offered in St. Catherine Chapel at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, April 13, 2023. Prayers of Committal will be held in the Congregation Cemetery. 

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.

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Vigil for Sister Kathleen Therese

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Funeral for Sister Kathleen Therese

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Left: First Holy Communion, 1933; Center: Eighth grade graduation from St. Dominic School, Detroit; Right: The McCann family, from left: Donald, Lois, Beatrice, Betty, Michael, Theresa, Mary Helen, and parents Catherine and Edmund

Left: Postulant Mary Helen McCann with her parents, Edmund and Catherine McCann; Center: Sister Kathleen Therese McCann; Right: From left, Sisters Katherine Therese McCann, Jeanne Burns, and Shirley Thielk in Detroit, 1975

Left: From left, Sisters Mary Singer, Mary Ellen Youngblood, Shirley Ruder, and Kathleen Therese McCann; Right: Sisters Dorothy Guettler, left, and Kathleen Therese McCann at the 2005 Jubilee

Left: Sister Kathleen Therese serves at the St. Catherine Library in Madden Hall at the Motherhouse, August 2016; Center: Headshot of Sister Kathleen Therese McCann, OP; Right: Enjoying Sister Kathleen Therese McCann’s Diamond Jubilee dinner in June 2007 are, from left, Sisters Jeanette Jabour, Kathleen Therese, and Marilyn Francoeur

Members of the 2007 Diamond Jubilee Crowd are: back row, from left, Sisters Margaret Lane, Jean Kathleen Comiskey, Marcine Klemm, Jeanne Burns, Dorothy Thielk, Paul Emelia Brown, and Margaret Ann Swallow, and front row, from left, Sisters Janet Persyk, Kathleen Therese McCann, Mary Saynay, Shirley Mary Heymes, Theresa Nightingale, and M. Joan Loeffler

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Avatar  Maureen Dritsan last monthReply

The McCann & Crawley families became ever-connected when Sister Kathleen’s brother, Michael McCann married our Aunt Irene on April 11, 1964. Over the years, we experienced so many gatherings ~ Baptisms, First Communions, Graduations, Funerals ~ and so many of those times Sister Kathleen was present. She truly lived a beautiful, unselfish life filled with the love, friendship and laughter shared with her Dominican Sisterhood as well as the many students, hospitalized patients and other individuals whose life she touched ~ not the least of which were her many siblings, nieces and nephews within the ever-growing McCann Family. I was able to visit Sister Kathleen a number of years ago with Irene, Sheila and Diane. It was such a lovely experience to see her apartment, visit the chapel and tour the campus. What a memory she had for names, places, cities, parishes she served over her lifetime. She always expressed a sincere interest in everyone she met and her sense of humor and heartfelt laugh was a bonus. It was truly a blessing to know Sister Kathleen ~ a beautiful person inside and out. A beautiful life serving God. I’m certain the angels danced her home.

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