In Memoriam


(1940-2019)

When as a high school sophomore Nancy Jane Exworthy, the future Sister Margaret Augustine, told her mother that she wanted to enter religious life, her mother dropped the bowl she was drying and ran upstairs to her room, crying.

It was many years before Nancy Jane found out what had prompted her mother’s emotional reaction. After Nancy Jane made final profession, her mother finally told her the tale of her very difficult birth, to the point that the doctor had come out of the delivery room and asked her father which one, mother or baby, he wanted saved if it came down to that.

“My mother said she prayed and prayed for help, and she heard a voice say to her, ‘She’s mine. Will you give her back to me?’ and my mother said yes, and when she said yes, I was born,” Margaret said in her “A Sister’s Story” video in 2017.

“And I was kind of sickly as a child, so she always thought that some time I’d be gone, and she said when I told her I wanted to be a Sister, she heard the same voice. That’s what startled her and she dropped the bowl; it wasn’t my announcement. She said the voice said, ‘Remember, you promised.’”

Read more about Sister Margaret Augustine (pdf)

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.

 

 

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(1933-2019)

Patrick Joseph Morley and Mary Catherine Finnegan shared a common heritage as immigrants from County Mayo, Ireland, when they met and fell in love in their adopted hometown of Chicago. Their marriage in 1926 would lead to four children: Frank, John, Eileen, and Rita Jean, who would become Sister Sean Morley.

Rita Jean, the youngest of the Morley siblings, was born May 25, 1933. Patrick worked for the Illinois Central Railroad and Mary Catherine oversaw home and family until tragedy struck: Patrick died when Rita Jean was just ten years old, and Mary Catherine provided for herself and her children by going to work as a clerk at the Adler Planetarium.

Still, “my mother continued the spirit of our home with the importance of God in our life, and so our home was filled with laughter and we were very happy,” Sister Sean said in her autobiography. She remained very close with her mother until Mary Catherine died, like her husband at a relatively young age, in 1954.

The family lived in St. Laurence Parish and the children attended the parish school. Rita Jean went on to Loretto Academy for two years and then to Aquinas High School, where she was educated by Adrian Dominicans. Her sister, Eileen, fifteen months her senior, wanted to join the Congregation directly after eighth grade; their mother refused permission at that time but Eileen did enter after her second year of high school, becoming Sister Patrick Mary.

Read more about Sister Sean (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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(1929-2019)

When Sister Kay Wejrowski first entered the Everett (later Edmonds) Dominican convent, her father gave the whole idea six months because there were so many other things she had said she wanted to do in her life, including becoming a pilot and having horses and dogs.

But “when the six months passed and she was still there … he was very happy and later very proud when she made final profession,” Sister Kay wrote in her autobiography. In fact, she added, both her parents went on to become Dominican tertiaries, and when her father died he was buried in the Dominican habit.

Katherine Nellie Wejrowski was born October 5, 1929, in Bremerton, Washington, to Joseph and Florence (Roberts) Wejrowski. As Florence was recuperating from the birth, her maternal grandmother named the baby after herself and then – “feeling slightly guilty,” as Sister Kay put it – included the paternal grandmother’s name too.

Read more about Sister Kay (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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(1926-2019)

In 1958, the Adrian Dominican Sisters missioned in Roy, New Mexico, had a rather unlikely prospective postulant come their way: Maria Carmen Gonzales, who at the age of thirty-two was considerably older than most who have entered the Congregation.

Maria Carmen was born on July 16, 1926, in Albert, New Mexico, to Desiderio and Vicenta (Montaño) Gonzales. When she was about six months old, however, her mother became quite ill, and so the little girl was raised by an aunt and uncle whom she called her mother and father. She did not even know until it was time to enroll in school that her aunt and uncle were not actually her parents.

She attended a one-room schoolhouse for grades one through eight and then went to Mosquero High School, from which she graduated in 1945. Her uncle died around that time, and as the oldest of nine children – eight girls and a boy – she took on the responsibility of helping support the family. She worked in a number of jobs, including a grocery store, a cleaner, a laundry, and the local post office. According to her autobiography, she actually dreamed of joining the Air Force, but “I was too short and didn’t weigh enough.”

Read more about Sister Marie Carmen (pdf)

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