In Memoriam


(1924-2017)

Sister Mary Nadine Foley, formerly known as Sister Thomas Aquin Foley, died on May 13, 2017, at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan. She was 93 years of age and in the 71st year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.

Sister Nadine was born in Newberry, Michigan, to Thomas and Ursula (Thompson) Foley. She graduated from Newberry High School and received a bachelor’s degree in biology from Siena Heights College (University) in Adrian; a master’s degree in biology, a master’s degree in philosophy, and a Doctor of Philosophy degree, all from Catholic University in Washington, DC; and a Master of Sacred Theology degree in the Old Testament from Union Theological Seminary in New York, New York.

Sister ministered in education for 22 years in Miami Beach, West Palm Beach, and Miami Shores, Florida; Detroit and Adrian, Michigan; Des Moines, Iowa; Poughkeepsie, New York; and Cambridge, Massachusetts. She was a faculty member for two years and administrator for two years at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, New York. Sister Nadine was also a visiting lecturer at Harvard University for six months. She worked in campus ministry: for four years at the University of New Mexico, one year at the University of Houston in Texas, and three years at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. 

Sister Nadine served the Congregation as a member of the General Council from 1974 to 1978; as the Vicaress from 1978 to 1982; and as Prioress of the Congregation from 1986 to1992. She was a Scholar in Residence and Interim President of Siena Heights University in 1994. 

In addition, Sister Nadine was president of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious from 1988 to 1989 and a U.S. delegate to the International Union of Superiors General from 1989 to1992. In 1994, she became the Congregation Historian, a position she held until 2016.  

Sister Nadine published numerous papers and articles, including two volumes of the history of the Adrian Dominican Congregation: Seeds Scattered and Grown (2006), and To Fields Near and Far (2015). Sister became a resident of the Dominican Life Center in 2016.  

Sister Nadine is survived by two sisters: Yvonne Lelli of Shelby Township, Michigan and Patricia Foley of Midland, Michigan, and five brothers: Robert Foley of Newberry, Thomas Foley of Applegate, James Foley of Newberry, Timothy Foley of Cheboygan, and Michael Foley of Howell, all in Michigan.

Welcome of Sister Nadine will be on Thursday, May 18, 2017, at 6:00 p.m. in the Dominican Life Center lobby; the wake will follow from 6:15 to 7:00 p.m. in the Rose Room. The Reception of the Body and Vigil Prayer will be at 7:00 p.m. in St. Catherine Chapel. The Funeral Mass will be offered in St. Catherine Chapel on Friday, May 19, 2017, at 10:30 a.m. Both the Vigil Prayer and the Funeral Mass will be live streamed. The Rite of Committal will be 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 Funeral Home, Adrian.

Come Wisdom: Remembering Sr. Nadine Foley, written by Sister Elise D. García, published by Global Sisters Report:
http://globalsistersreport.org/news/ministry/come-wisdom-remembering-sr-nadine-foley-46786

Learn more about Sister Nadine in this What's Happening article.

Text of Funeral Homily by Sister Attracta Kelly, OP.

 

Vigil for Sister Nadine (Thomas Aquin):


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Funeral for Sister Nadine (Thomas Aquin):


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LEFT: Former Prioresses Sisters Rosemary Ferguson, left, and Nadine Foley, center, pose with Sister Janet Capone, then Prioress of the Congregation, in September 2002. RIGHT: Sister Nadine’s graduation photo from Siena Heights, 1945

 

   
LEFT: Sister Nadine, center, at a 1991 Profession. Shown with her are, from left, Sisters Juana De Los Santos, Peggy O’Neill, Rosa Reyes, and Marilín Llanes. RIGHT: Sister Nadine, center, at a June 14, 1988 signing ritual with representatives of Catholic Healthcare West: Sister Therese Marie Perry, SM, left, of the Sisters of Mercy of Burlingame, California, and Sister Maura Power, SM, right, of the Sisters of Mercy of Auburn.

 

   
LEFT: Sister Jean Tobin, left, and Sister Nadine proofread In Faith and Fidelity, edited by Sister Nadine. RIGHT: Sister Mary Alice Naour, left, with Sister Nadine

 

   
LEFT: Sister Nadine with her parents in the late 1950s. RIGHT: Sister Nadine with Sister Patrick Jerome Mullins on the day of Sister Nadine’s first profession, August 13, 1946

 


Members of the 1986-92 General Council, from left: Sisters Attracta Kelly, Sharon Weber, Linda Bevilacqua, Nadine Foley, and Donna Markham
 

Former Prioresses of the Adrian Dominican Congregation pose during General Chapter 2016. They are, from left: Sisters Rosemary Ferguson, 1968-1974 and 1974-1978; Carol Johannes, 1978-1982 and 1982-1986; Nadine Foley, 1986-1992; Patricia Walter, 1992-1998; Janet Capone, 1998-2004; Donna Markham, 2004-2010; and Attracta Kelly, 2010-2016. 
 

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(1933-2017)

Sister Diana Bader, formerly known as Gloria Bernadine Bader, died on Wednesday, May 10, 2017 at Assumption Convent in Seattle, Washington. She was 83 years of age and in the 65th year of her religious profession: 51 years in the Dominican Sisters of Edmonds, and in her 14th year in the Adrian Dominican Congregation. 

Sister Diana was born in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, to Martin and Marjorie (Hartney) Bader. She graduated from St. Patrick High School in Vancouver and received a bachelor of education degree from Seattle University and a doctor of philosophy degree in theology from St. Mary College in Notre Dame, Indiana. Sister Diana was also certified in post-doctoral studies by Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California.

Sister spent five years ministering in secondary education at St. Dominic High School in Everett, Washington and Holy Angels High School in Seattle; nine years as a professor at the College of Sister Formation in Issaquah, Washington, and at Seattle University; one year as postulant mistress; five years as Juniorate Mistress in Edmonds, Washington; and 21 years in religious education and adult faith formation in the Archdiocese of Seattle. 

Sister Diana also served for five years as senior associate in clinical ethics for the Catholic Health Association in St. Louis, Missouri, and for seven years as Senior Vice-president of Mission for Catholic Health Initiatives in Denver, Colorado. She ministered for the Sisters of Providence Health System in Seattle for nine years as Director of Health and Human Values and Vice President of Mission Leadership. Since 2004,  Sister Diana has served on numerous Catholic healthcare boards and committees in the United States.

Sister Diana is survived by a brother, John Bader, of Vancouver, and a sister, Betty Matthews, of Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada.

A Vigil Service will be held on Monday, May 15 at 7:00 p.m. at St. Patrick Church in Seattle. The Funeral Liturgy will be offered at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, May 16 at St. Patrick Church. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery in Seattle.

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 Hoffner, Fisher and Harvey Funeral Home of Seattle.   

 

   
LEFT: At a Jubilee celebration, from left: Sisters Jeri Renner, Diana Bader, Judith Rimbey, Jean Fitzgerald, and Barbara Matteson. RIGHT: Sister Diana, left, with Sister Sheila Lemieux, CSJP

 

   

 

   
LEFT: Sister Diana and Sister Patrice Eilers, OP

 

   
LEFT: Sister Diana receives her PhD from Notre Dame, 1961 

 


Final Profession, June 14,1957, from left: Sisters Joan Unger; Diana Bader; Mary White; Philomena Perreault; Jean Frances Fiffe, Novice Mistress; Barbara Bieker; and Joanne Fitzgerald
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(1920-2017)

Sister Helen Walsh, formerly known as Sister Rose Michaeleen Walsh, died on May 10, 2017, at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan. She was 96 years of age and in the 72nd year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.

Sister Helen was born in Chicago to William and Rosemary (O’Sullivan) Walsh. She graduated from St. Joseph Academy in Adrian and received a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor; a master’s degree in English from Loyola University, Chicago; and a Master of Education degree in special education from Wayne State University, Detroit. 

Sister Helen ministered for ten years in elementary and secondary education in Adrian, Detroit, and Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan, including six years as principal/teacher; for eight years in elementary education in Chicago, Illinois; and four years as elementary school principal/teacher in Defiance, Ohio. She taught for three years at Barry College (University) in Miami Shores, Florida.

Sister also ministered in social work and pastoral work for seven years in Toledo, Ohio, and was chaplain and teacher of women prisoners for four years in Detroit and Warren, Michigan. She ministered in adult religious education for five years in Oakland and San Anselmo, California and taught in the Upward Bound Program for half a year in Oakland. She was Activities Director for three years at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, and for one year at Villa Serra in Salinas, California. 

Sister Helen became a resident of the Dominican Life Center in 2010. She was preceded in death by cousins Sister Michael Joseph Connery, Sister Marie Camilla Connery, and Sister Ellen Richard McTaggart, all members of the Adrian Dominican Congregation. Sister Helen is survived by a brother, Joseph Walsh, of Lagunitas, California, and a sister, Mary Jo Walsh, of Portage, Michigan.

Rite of Committal (burial) will be held on Friday, May 12, 2017, immediately after the 10:30 am Mass in the Congregation Cemetery. Memorial Mass and the Ritual of Remembering will be scheduled for a later date.

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 Funeral Home, Adrian.

 

   
RIGHT: Celebrating their 25th in Florida in 1971 are, from left, Sisters Helen Walsh, Mary J. Beaubien, and Barbara Gass.

 

   
LEFT: From left, Rosemary and Helen Walsh. RIGHT: Sister Helen, left, and Sister Claire, a Columban Sister, on one of the Boston Tea Party ships in Boston Harbor, 1976

   
RIGHT: Sister Helen with her parents, Reception Day 1945

 

   
LEFT: Sister Monica Kim, left, and Sister Helen with Sister Helen’s 50-year Jubilee cake

 

   
RIGHT: At Villa Sierra, California


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(1944-2017)

Sister Mary Ann Dardy, OP, formerly known as Sister John Marguerite Dardy, died on April 21, 2017, at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan. She was 72 years of age and in the 54th year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.

Sister Mary Ann was born in Cleveland, Ohio to Henry and Mary Margaret (Lindich) Dardy. She graduated from Hoban Dominican High School in Cleveland and received a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Barry College (University) in Miami Shores, Florida, and a master’s degree in social work from University of South Carolina in Columbia. 

Sister spent 12 years ministering in elementary education in Southgate, Michigan; Chicago and Joliet, Illinois; Fort Lauderdale and Pensacola, Florida; and Montgomery, Alabama. She ministered for two years at St. Joseph Parish in Columbia, South Carolina, as a religious education coordinator and liturgist. 

Sister Mary Ann served for 36 years in various social service positions in Columbia and Rock Hill, South Carolina: as a medical case worker, a patient representative, social services director, a counselor, a child rehabilitation server and others. In 2014, Sister was elected to serve Holy Rosary Chapter of the Adrian Dominican Sisters as Chapter Prioress, but was unable to fulfill her position due to illness. 

Sister Mary Ann is survived by a brother, Anthony Dardy, of Cincinnati, Ohio.

Rite of Committal (burial) will be held on Sunday, April 23, at 1:30 p.m. in the Congregation Cemetery. The Ritual of Remembering will be at 7:00 p.m. Sunday, April 23, 2017, in St. Catherine Chapel and the Memorial Mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, April 24 in 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 Funeral Home, Adrian.

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LEFT: Sisters from Cleveland are, from left: Sisters Mary Ann Dardy, Marianne Supan, Rita Anne Moceri, and Mary Hrovat.

 


   
LEFT: From left, Sister Mary Ann’s brother Hank; Sister Mary Ann; Sister Cele Gorman; and Sister Mary Ann’s long-time friend, Jan Middlebrooks. RIGHT: Sisters Cele Gorman (left) and Mary Ann at General Chapter 2016

 

   
RIGHT: Attending the formal welcome of Sister Mary Ann as Holy Rosary Chapter Prioress in June 2015 are, from left, Sisters Maria Goretti Browne, Jo Gaugier, and Mary Ann.

 


   
RIGHT: Graduation from Hoban Dominican High School, Cleveland, 1962

 


Members of Sister Mary Ann’s mission group: standing, from left, Sisters Cele Gorman, Andrea Balconis, Yolanda Pomante, Mary Trzasko, Annette Sinagra, Angela Susalla, and Mary Ann Luby; and seated, from left, Sisters Maria Riley, Iva Gregory, Beverly Stark, and Mary Ann Dardy

Attending the 1990 Golden Anniversary of Sister Mary Ann’s parents are, standing, from left, Sister Mary Ann’s nephew Mark, niece Lisa, brother Tony, sister-in-law Barbara, and brother Hank; and seated, from left, her parents Mary and Henry Dardy and Sister Mary Ann.

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