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Sister Beth Butler stands in a parking lot wearing a Miami Police Dept chaplain uniform of a navy skirt, blazer, and cap with badge.

January 24, 2024, Adrian, Michigan – Adrian Dominican Sister Beth Butler, OP, cherishes two particular vocations: as a Dominican Sister and as a member of the law enforcement family. Noting that being a Sister “comes first,” Sister Beth told Global Sisters Report – a program of The National Catholic Reporter – of the many ways she also lived out her dream to serve in law enforcement after the example of her father, a Detroit police officer. 

Sister Beth, a white woman with short gray hair weating a black and gold striped shirt with an orange blazer holds her award as a man wearing a suit looks on in the background

Sister Beth Bulter, OP, shown with Siena Heights University President Dr. Douglas Palmer, displays the Honorable Alumni Award she received during the University’s homecoming weekend.
Photo by Laura Harvey, Courtesy of Siena Heights University.


Sister Beth’s experiences included heading the Criminal Justice Department at Siena Heights College (University), where she made such an impact that, in 2023, her former students – now representing all aspects of the criminal justice system – nominated her to become an Honorary Alumni of Siena Heights. She also made an impact on the inmates whom she taught at Southern Michigan State Penitentiary. She went on to serve as Chaplain of the Miami Police Department, often accompanying the police in their squad cars. 

Read more about Sister Beth and her ministry in law enforcement in the Global Sisters Report article by Rose Panieri.


Feature photo at top: Sister Beth Butler, OP, wears the uniform of a Chaplain for the Miami Police Department, one of her many roles in law enforcement. Photo from the 
Adrian Dominican Sisters Archive.



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