In Memoriam


Sister Evangeline Davis OP(1917-2015)

Sister Evangeline Davis was born on September 23, 1917, in Detroit, one of five children born to Samuel and Edna (Mills) Davis. Her two sisters died as infants, and her younger brother died after an accident at the age of twelve. After graduating from a public high school, Evangeline attended Wayne State University in Detroit for a year. It was there she met Mildred Connelly, an English professor, who as a friend of Mother Gerald Barry. Mildred who invited her to attend a retreat at Sacred Heart Convent located near Visitation Parish. This became a pivotal experience in Sister Evangeline's life.

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Maureen Driscoll(1933-2015)

Sister Maureen Driscoll was born in 1933 in Port Angeles, Washington, between the hours of midnight (July 10) and 1:00 a.m. (July 11). Her parents, John and Martha (Moore) Driscoll, had the option of choosing which date to put on her birth certificate and they chose July 10 because it was the Feast of the Seven Servite Founders. According to Sister Maureen, her father thought having seven saints on your birthday was better than only having the one listed for the next day.

 

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Theresa Martin Pigott(1923-2015)

Sister Theresa Martin, baptized Anna Elizabeth Pigott, was born on October 25, 1923, in Detroit. She was the third of six children born to Peter and Katherine (Walsh) Pigott. Her mother was born in County Limerick, Ireland, and her father was born of Irish immigrants in Erie, Pennsylvania.  His family eventually moved to Highland Park, Michigan where jobs were more available. Her parents were married in 1918 in Detroit.  

 

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Sister Barb Chenicek(1933 - 2015)

It is humble to be given gifts.  
We pray they may bring shots of light as they stay with us 
And have the urgency of the gentle Spirit
 
From Barb’s poetic reflection at the beginning of INAI Studio, June 2, 1973


Sister Barbara Chenicek, known to family and friends as Barb, was born on April 7, 1933, in Chicago. She was the first child born to George and Patricia (Pazour) Chenicek. Her brother Don was born three years later. Of her parents, Sister Barb wrote:

My father was brought up in a completely non-Catholic atmosphere. His side of the family has no religious of any kind. He became a Catholic when he married my mother. My mom was raised in a small South Dakota town where the people had never seen a sister and the only priest they ever came in contact with was the aging pastor whom they saw at Sunday Mass.

Sister Barb attended St. Philip Neri for grade school and then Aquinas High School. Choosing the school she would attend was always difficult for her parents because one or the other would insist on her attending a public school. Sister Barb found it remarkable that she had been able to complete twelve years in Catholic Schools.


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Click here to view "A work of art: Adrian Dominican Sisters lose a dear friend" written by Lonnie Huhman for The Daily Telegram.

 

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Cemetery of the Adrian Dominican Sisters

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