In Memoriam


Sister Leona King, OP(1930 – 2014)
As Sister Frances Nadolny, Sister Leona’s Chapter Prioress, reminded those attending Sister’s wake, the name “Leona” is a feminine form of “Leo,” which means “lion,” and “Leona” means “lioness.” The lioness cares for and protects the ones she loves, as Sister Leona’s life exemplifies. She wrote that she based her life and all that she did on the Beatitudes and Corporal Works of Mercy.

On January 24, 1930, Edward Adrian and Leona Agnes (Clemens) King of Detroit welcomed a daughter into their family. In baptism their infant daughter received the same name as that of her mother, Leona Agnes. She was one of their six children, four boys and two girls. In her autobiography she does not mention her place in the family or the names of her siblings.
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Sister Bettina (Mary Cabrini) Mollica, OP(1939 – 2014)
In her autobiography, Sister Bettina described herself as a person who felt deeply, with a reflective nature. She wrote that people were important to her, especially their well-being. She was anxious to help bring about justice in society and in the Church, and the principles of Vatican II were very important to her. In her early years she held conservative beliefs, but had moved to more liberal values in her later years. “So be it!” she wrote.
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Sister Bernadette Marie Dwyer, OP  (1933 – 2014)
Sister Bernadette Marie Dwyer, a talented artist and an excellent teacher, was clothed in the Dominican habit on her Reception Day, and wore it all through her religious life. She called the habit “a sign of the Church,” a sign that she served the Church in her work and in her life. She also considered it economical. “Wearing the habit is a lot cheaper than buying a wardrobe!"
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Sister Alice Marie Lacina, OP (1925 – 2014)
Sister Alice Marie Lacina was a humble, unassuming woman. Yet, as many Sisters said, she was also a very generous, hospitable person. Sister Maria Goretti Browne said at the wake, “We are grateful to the Lacina family . . . for giving us Alice, this quiet, reserved, kind, caring, humble person.” It is clear that Sister Alice Marie was loved, and she will be missed.

On January 2, 1925, in Owosso, Michigan, a daughter was born to Albert and Frances (Sheda) Lacina and was baptized Alice Helen. She was the ninth of their eleven children: eight girls (Mary, Frances, Sophie, Anne, Blanche, Agnes, Alice, and Helen) and three boys (Albert, Robert, and John). She wrote that she didn’t know much about her three oldest siblings, since by the time she entered the family they were married and had left their father’s house.
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Cemetery of the Adrian Dominican Sisters

Our Adrian Dominican cemetery with its circular headstones is a beautiful place of rest for women who gave their lives in service to God—and a peaceful place for contemplation and remembrance. 


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