In Memoriam

Sister Maureen Fay (Marie Timothy)


Sister Maureen Fay (Sister Marie Timothy) died Thursday, May 27, 2021, at the Dominican Life Center, Adrian. She was 87 years of age and in the 68th year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.

Sister Maureen was born in Chicago to Michael and Ann (Whalen) Fay. She graduated from Visitation High School in Chicago and received a bachelor’s degree in English from Siena Heights College (University), Adrian; a master’s in English from University of Detroit; and a Ph.D. in adult and higher education from the University of Chicago. 

Sister ministered for 18 years in elementary and secondary education in Detroit, St. Clair, and Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan. This includes over three years at Dominican High School in Detroit, an Adrian Dominican school. 

Sister Maureen spent 40 years in various positions at the college level, including serving as president of Mercy College, Detroit, for seven years and then, after Mercy College and University of Detroit consolidated, as president of University of Detroit Mercy for 14 years. Following her presidency, Sister served as director for Leadership Development for the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities for eight years. 

Sister Maureen became a resident of the Dominican Life Center in 2016. She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, Timothy. She is survived by loving nieces 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 wake and funeral via live stream

The Vigil Prayer will be held at 7:00 p.m. EDT on Monday, May 31, 2021, in St. Catherine Chapel. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered in St. Catherine Chapel at 10:30 a.m. EDT on Tuesday, June 1, 2021. 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.

Sister's Prayer Card (PDF)

Vigil for Sister Maureen

Worship Aid (PDF)

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Funeral for Sister Maureen

Worship Aid (PDF)

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Avatar  Edward Haggerty last weekReply

Sr. Maureen was a blessing to all of Detroit in so many ways. In her the Order pf Preachers found new avenues to share the Good News through the ministry of education and of civic involvement. Particular condolences to Sr Fran Nadolny.

Avatar  Denis Theroux last weekReply

Rest In Peace Maureen. I look forward to that day when we see one another again! To all of my Sisters in St. Dominic, may our Gracious and Loving God touch your hearts.

To Fran in a special way, know that I'm thinking of you and praying for you. I will remember Maureen when I approach the Table of the Lord, Praising, Preaching and in Thanksgiving for the Gift Maureen was to you and to so many!

Avatar  Barb Cherem last weekReply

Once in a great while in one's life you have a true influencer whom you never forget, such was the case at Grosse Pointe St. Paul's when Sr. Timothy taught us in high school English, and I believe Religion classes. She opened up a wider world, and though only 12 years older than we were, and still in her 20s, she had wisdom wider than our own by far. She inspired to many at a critical moment in our emerging adult selves, and was not forgotten these many years. Such fun hearing all the testimonies, and being reminded of her humor, that unique laugh, and her ability to open minds while being so fun-loving. Remembrance of a "giant" of a woman, educator and warm human being. Grateful for having had her as a teacher, most esp. at a time in our lives when we certainly could use her great wisdom. In appreciation for a life well-lived. Applause dear sister; you were a "oner", that is, one of a kind, not easily forgotten. Peace.

Avatar  Matt Mio 2 weeks agoReply

Rest in peace, Sr. Maureen. Above all else, I will miss your laugh.

Avatar  Gary Maveal 2 weeks agoReply

Rest In Peace, Sister Fay. You gave so much to our University during your many years of service. I was impressed by your generous spirit and wise leadership. You are loved and missed.

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