In Memoriam

Sister Patricia McCarty, OP (William Francine)


Sister Patricia McCarty, formerly known as Sister William Francine McCarty, died on Friday, February 12, 2021, at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan. She was 85 years of age and in the 66th year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.

Sister Patricia was born in Detroit to William and Frances (Brinker) McCarty. She graduated from Dominican High School in Detroit and received a bachelor’s degree in speech from Siena Heights College (University) in Adrian and a master’s degree in drama/theater from Michigan State University in East Lansing. 

Sister ministered for 15 years in elementary education in Des Moines, Iowa, and Loves Park and Riverdale, Illinois. She was Principal of Queen of Apostles School in Riverdale for three years. In addition, Sister served for five years in Congregation leadership in Hometown, Illinois, as Co-Provincial and Provincial Administrator. 

In Michigan, Sister Patricia was campus minister and Director of Alumni Relations for 11 years at Mercy College (University of Detroit Mercy); Development Director for 11 years and Director of the Ministry Trust for two years for the Adrian Dominican Congregation; and Development Coordinator for one year for the Dominican Consultation Center in Detroit. 

Sister became a resident of the Dominican Life Center in 2004. She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, William J. McCarty. She is survived by a sister, Kathleen Unti, an Adrian Dominican Associate, of Easton, Maryland; loving nieces and nephews; and her Adrian Dominican Sisters.

Due to COVID-19 mitigation protocols, the Dominican Life Center is closed until further notice to all guests or visitors. 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. on Friday, February 19, 2021, in St. Catherine Chapel. A Funeral Word Service will be offered in St. Catherine Chapel at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, February 20, 2021. Prayers of Committal will be held in the back of St. Catherine Chapel.

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 Patricia

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Funeral for Sister Patricia

Worship Aid (PDF)

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Avatar  Philip and Adrianne Lasker last weekReply

Along with great sadness for Sister Patricia's family, this service and the wonderful interview also framed a joyful connection to Sister Patricia and her spiritual journey. Her many accomplishments in life have prepared her for the glories of heaven where our Good Lord is sure to have His arms stretched out to receive His beloved child. We send our love and prayers of peace and comfort to the family. We love you Walt and Kathy.

Avatar  Maureen Miscavish last weekReply

After watching the vigil service for Sr. Lee Cooney, I was intrigued to listen to the interview of Sr. Patricia. Though I did not know her, what a delightful interview of such a delightful person. I was truly drawn to listening to her speak and I wanted her sister and your community to know that though I did not know her, to listen to her speak was inspiring. If we could all be as happy and satisfied with our lives when we turn 80 as she seemed to be. She certainly gives us all something to strive for. Peace and happiness begin in our own hearts and her heart was certainly overflowing. Many prayers for her family and the Adrian Dominican community as they mourn her loss. Thank you for sharing Sr. Patricia's interview, she has now touched a life of someone she did not even know. "To teach is to touch a life forever" - how many lives she must have touched in such a delightful way!

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