In Memoriam

Sister Theresa McCall, OP (Victor Mary)


On June 26, 1961, an almost thirty-four-year-old Theresa McCall arrived at the Adrian Dominican Motherhouse to begin her postulancy.

Theresa was born October 8, 1927, in Detroit to David and Mary (Shingleton) McCall. Baptized Theresa Ann, she was the fifth of the couple’s six children after John, Paul, Martin, and Margaret and before the youngest boy, Berard. John and Paul were originally triplets with another boy, Girard, but he died shortly after birth.

She attended first and second grade at St. Rita’s School, on the city’s east side, until the McCalls moved to the west side and she enrolled at Precious Blood School where she was taught by Adrian Dominican Sisters through eighth grade. She graduated from Cooley High School in 1945 and worked for Kresge’s, a dime store, until entering the Congregation more than fifteen years later.

Her decision to become an Adrian Dominican was not a sudden one, she said in her 2018 “A Sister’s Story” video, but it came in an unusual way nevertheless: “I didn’t have a calling or anything like that; I just thought it would be a good way to live. … I just thought I should do something besides work in a store.”

Read more about Sister Theresa (pdf)

make a memorial giftMemorial gifts may be made to Adrian Dominican Sisters, 1257 East Siena Heights Drive, Adrian, Michigan, 49221. 



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Avatar  Meg Ballis (formerly Shirley) 3 years agoReply

No doubt about it - the best auntie in the universe. She is a child of God.

Avatar  Margaret Guest 3 years agoReply

My Dear Great Aunt Theresa,

She loved us first and anything else she gave to us was a bonus. A rock to our family;she was always present in our lives no matter what crazy thing we did or how we lived, she loved and supported us in the only way she knew how...through unconditional love. She will be forever remembered for showing us how many ways she could love each one of us.

Your Niece, Margaret (Meg)

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