In Memoriam


Sister Rose Celeste O'Connell, OP

(1939-2018)

Sister Rose Celeste O’Connell, OP, died on Thursday, May 17, 2018, at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan. She was 79 years of age and in the 62nd year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.

Sister Rose Celeste was born Mary Ann O’Connell in Chicago to Thomas and Edna (Dion) O’Connell. She graduated from St. Joseph Academy, Adrian, Michigan, and received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Fine Arts and a Master of Science Degree in Guidance, both from Barry College (University), Miami, Florida. She also held certifications in guidance and counseling, substance abuse ministry, and clinical pastoral education and was a certified associate addictions professional.

Sister Rose ministered in education for 28 years in Detroit, Michigan; Miami Shores, West Palm Beach, Fort Pierce, and Riviera Beach, Florida; Rome, Georgia; and Montgomery, Alabama; including nine years as principal in Riviera Beach, West Palm Beach, and Montgomery. Sister Rose was the Pastoral Care Supervisor at Hanley Rehabilitation Center at St. Mary Hospital in West Palm Beach for four years.

Sister Rose served as Secretary of the Adrian Dominican Congregation for 26 years and then was Director of the Congregation Office of Information until her death. For many years Sister Rose organized and facilitated Serenity Retreats at Weber Center and was an active member of the Dominican Sisters Conference and Dominican Leadership Conference.

Sister Rose Celeste was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Thomas. She is survived by her sister, Elinor Kannon, Downers Grove, Illinois, and a loving nephew.

Welcome of Sister Rose will be on Sunday, May 20, 2018, 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 of the Dominican Life Center. 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 Monday, May 21, 2018, 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-Marry Funeral Home, Adrian.


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Left: Sister Rose Celeste with her parents and her sister Elinor at St. Jude’s in Detroit, 1957.



Left: Sister Rose Celeste, far left, then Secretary of the Congregation, poses with former Secretaries during the 2002 Gathering, from left: Sisters Grace Flowers, Marie Wiedner, Kathleen Walli, Mary Ward, and Helen Sohn. Not shown is Sister Mary Catherine Jordan.



Celebrating Sister Carol Bollin’s Golden Jubilee in 2008 are, from left, Sisters Rose Celeste O’Connell, Dorothy Guettler, Carol Johannes, Carol Bollin, Andrea Broutin, and Helen Sohn.



Left: Sisters Barbara Stanek, left, and Rose Celeste dress as twins for their Jubilee. Right: Sisters Joan Sustersic, left, and Rose Celeste O’Connell



Left: Members of the Hand Bell Choir are, from left, Sisters Mary Alice Naour, Rose Celeste O’Connell, Mary Louise Gass, and Barbara Gass.



Members of the 2015 Diamond Jubilee Class, August Crowd, are: back row, Sisters Marilyn Winter, Rose Celeste O’Connell, Carol Coston, Helen Therese Mayer, and Rita Rose Sieg, and front row, from left, Sisters Mary Ann Ennis, Barbara Ann Stanek, Frances Mary Fitzpatrick, and Therese E. Allgeyer.

 

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(1939-2018)

Sister Judith Ann Seefeld, formerly known as Sister James Charles Seefeld, died on Monday, April 30, 2018, at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan. She was 78 years of age and in the 60th year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.

Sister Judith was born in Pontiac, Michigan, to James and Charlotte (Higgins) Seefeld. She graduated from St. Joseph Academy in Adrian and received a bachelor’s degree in history from Siena Heights College (University) in Adrian. 

Sister ministered for 39 years in elementary education in St. Clair and Munising, Michigan; Ft. Lauderdale and Miami Shores, Florida; Chicago, Illinois; and Santa Cruz and Monterey, California. Besides classroom teaching, she taught Saturday enrichment classes, started two kindergarten programs, was a Brownie troop leader, coached CYO girls’ basketball, and was director of after-school programs for study time and homework. She became a resident of the Dominican Life Center in Adrian in 2009.

Sister Judith was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers: James and George; and two of her cousins, Sister Katherine Kenny, OP, an Adrian Dominican Sister, and Anne Kenny (Sister Maura Timothy), a former Adrian Dominican Sister. She is survived by four sisters: Janet Seefeld of Sterling Heights, Michigan; Joan Yingling of Tucson, Arizona; Jean Jackson of St. Louis, Missouri; and Joyce Seefeld of St. Charles, Missouri.

Welcome of Sister Judith Ann will be on Thursday, May 3, 2018, at 6:00 p.m. in the Dominican Life Center lobby; the Wake will follow from 6:15 to 7:00 pm in the Rose Room of the Dominican Life Center. 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 4, 2018, 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-Marry Funeral Home, Adrian.

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Sister Judith with her family, 1967

Left: Sister Judith Ann Seefeld with her brother George Seefeld, Monterey Bay, California, July 20, 1992

Sister Judith, second row, far left, at her Reception in Adrian, August 1957

Center: Sister Judith with her parents, James and Charles Seefeld, September 1956. Right: With her cat friend, who loved making hospice visits

Members of the 1983 Silver Jubilee class are: back row, from left: Sisters Noella McLeod, Evelyn Inez Montez, Bernitha Glombowski, Roseann Julian, Sharon Culhane, Patricia Ace, and Mary Ann Phillip; second row, from left: Sisters Joanne Evans, Barbara Cervenka, Mary Baier, Jude Van Baalen, and Katherine Kenny; third row, from left, Sisters Mary Ward, Patricia Reno, Victoria Dalesandro, Loretta Glanz, Frances Lombaer, Mary Therese Napolitan, Maria Felicia Moreno, Judith Ann Seefeld, and Patricia Schade; fourth row, from left: Sisters Kathleen Harkins, Helen McAllister, Margaret Anne Faber, Geneal Kramer, Janet Traut, Susan Elaine Kresse, Joella Miller, and Carol Johannes (Prioress); and front row, from left: Sisters Patricia Brady, Eunice Drazba, Mary Celeste Lynch, Dorothea Gramlich, Monica Kim, Margaret Ann McGuinness, Diane McQuirt, and Joan Kowalksi. 

Left: Sister Judith celebrates her Golden Jubilee, 2007

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(1926-2018) 

Sister Rosemary Ferguson, formerly known as Mother Laurence Edward Ferguson, died on April 17, 2018, at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan. She was 92 years of age and in the 74th year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation. Sister Rosemary served as Prioress of the Congregation during the pivotal post-Vatican II years, from 1968 to 1978, when religious life in the United States underwent a transformative renewal.

Sister Rosemary was born in Spalding, Nebraska, to William and Mary (Sullivan) Ferguson. She graduated from Aquinas High School in Chicago, Illinois, and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Barry College (University) in Miami Shores, Florida; a Master of Arts degree in English from Loyola University in Chicago, Illinois, and a Doctor of Ministry degree in Pastoral Ministry from Aquinas Theological Institute in Dubuque, Iowa. She also was licensed as a hospital chaplain by the National Association of Catholic Chaplains. 

Sister Rosemary spent 17 years ministering in education in Detroit, Michigan; Chicago, Illinois; and West Palm Beach, Florida. She was Principal at St. Kilian School in Chicago for six years. She served the Congregation for 17 years: four years as Assistant Director of Postulants; three years as Director of Novices, and 10 years as Prioress of the Congregation. She was Director of the Center for Pastoral Care in Kansas City for three years. Sister Rosemary then moved to Duluth, Minnesota, where she was Staff Chaplain at St. Luke Hospital for three years. She was Chaplain for one year and then CPE Coordinator and Supervisor for 13 years at St. Mary Medical Health Center in Duluth, Minnesota. She became a resident of the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan, in 1999.

Sister Rosemary was preceded in death by her parents and nine older siblings: Loretto, William, John, Leo, Margaret, Ann, Laurence, Edward, and Michael. She is survived by loving nieces and nephews.

Welcome of Sister Rosemary will be on Sunday, April 22, 2018, at 4:00 p.m. in the Dominican Life Center Lobby; the Wake will follow from 4:30 to 7:00 p.m. in the Rose Room of the Dominican Life Center. 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 Monday, April 23, 2018, at 10:30 a.m. The Rite of Committal will be in the Congregation cemetery. The Wake, Vigil Prayer and Funeral Mass will be live streamed.

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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Left: Generalate Officers elected at the 1968 General Chapter are: front row, from left: Sister Thomas Raymond (Jeanne) Burns, Mother Laurence Edward (Rosemary) Ferguson, and Sister Mary Paul (Noreen) McKeough, and back row, from left, Sisters James Therese (Arthemise) Cassanova, Sister Julita Marie Williams, Sister Christopher (Kathryn) Noonan, Sister John Bride (Mary Catherine) Jordan, and Sister Margaret Michaella (Dorothy) Folliard.

Left: Sister Rosemary’s graduation photo from Aquinas High School, Chicago. Right: Sister Rosemary, right, speaks with other members of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious during a gathering in August 1976.


Left: Sisters Mary Philip Ryan, left, and Rosemary Ferguson


Left: Members of the 1974-78 General Council are, from left, Sisters Rosemary Ferguson, Cathryn Deutsch, Jeanne Burns, Nadine Foley, and Jeanne O’Laughlin. Right: Sister Rosemary at St. Mary’s CPE (Clinical Pastoral Education) Center, Duluth, Minnesota, 1993


Former Prioresses gathered for a group shot during the 2016 General Chapter, during which Sister Patricia Siemen was elected Prioress. The former Prioresses are, from left, Sisters Rosemary Ferguson, Carol Johannes, Nadine Foley, Patricia Walter, Janet Capone, Donna Markham, and Attracta Kelly.


Members of the Diamond Jubilee Class of 2013 are, back row, from left: Sisters Anne Wasco, Mary Jo O’Hanlon, Attracta Kelly (Prioress), Rosemary Ferguson, and Elaine Lederer, and front row, from left, Sisters Ann de Lourdes Plourde, Mary Scheibel, Mary Arnold Benedetto, and Mary Irene Wischmeyer.


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(1919-2018)

Sister Marie Amada Garcia, formerly known as Marie Concepta Apodaca Garcia, died on April 10, 2018, at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan. She was 98 years of age and in the 78th year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.

Sister Marie Amada was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico, to Eduardo Apodaca and Ramoncita Luna Apodaca. After the death of her father, Sister Marie Amada’s mother married Charles Garcia and Sister was adopted by him. 

Sister graduated from St. Vincent Academy in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and received a bachelor’s degree in Latin from Siena Heights College (University) in Adrian and a master’s degree in English from the University of Detroit. 

Sister Marie Amada spent 45 years ministering in education in Chicago and Joliet, Illinois; Winslow, Arizona; Tucumcari and Albuquerque, New Mexico; Des Moines, Iowa; Detroit, Michigan; Oakland and Santa Cruz, California; and Las Vegas, Nevada. She was an immigration counselor from 1985 to 2001 in Catholic Community Services of Nevada, in Las Vegas. 

Sister Marie Amada became a resident of the Dominican Life Center in Adrian in 2009. She was preceded in death by her parents; her brother, William; and her sister, Lena. She is survived by a sister, Rita Lawrence of Carrollton, Texas, and loving nephews and a niece.  

The Funeral Mass will be offered in St. Catherine Chapel on Friday, April 13, 2018, at 10:30 a.m. The Rite of Committal will be in the Congregation cemetery. Ritual of Remembering will take place in the Rose Room at 1:30 p.m. Both the Funeral Mass and the Ritual of Remembering will be live streamed.

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.

Left: Sisters serving at Queen of Heaven in Albuquerque, New Mexico in 1961 were, back row, from left: Sisters Marie Amada Garcia, James Philip (Mary) Carey, Marie Assumpta (Mildred Ann) Huber, and Mary Benignus (Ellen Mary) Ach; and front row, from left, Sisters Ann Philip Cotta, Marie McGowan, Matthew Mary Foley, and Dorothy Marie Beers.

Left: From left, Sister Marie Amada Garcia, Michelle DeCarie, and Sister Leon Grace Faulhaber stand in front of St. Louis Bertrand Church, Oakland, California. 

Left: Sisters Marie Amada Garcia (left) and Ruth Kennedy celebrate their Diamond Jubilee in 1999.

Left: Left to right, Sisters Nelda Ann Klein, Bernice Nofs, Eleanor Stech, Marie Amada Garcia, and Anne Baxter

Left: Sister Marie Amada Garcia (third row, furthest back, right) poses with the Sisters she taught American Literature in the summer of 1963.

Members of the Double Diamond Jubilee Class of 2009 are: back row, from left, Sisters Dorothy Jeanne Burns, Mary Margaret Beh, Maura Phillips, Attracta Kelly (Prioress), and Virginia Marie LaTourelle, and front row, from left, Sisters Marie Amada Garcia, Irma Gerber, Marie Bride Walsh, and Helen Patrick Bartley.

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