In Memoriam


Sister Barbara Hubbard, OP

(1931-2018)

Sister Barbara Hubbard, formerly known as Sister Alice Josepha Hubbard, died on May 18, 2018, at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan. She was 87 years of age and in the 67th year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.

Sister Barbara was born in Royal Oak, Michigan to Joseph and Margaret (Graffy) Hubbard. She graduated from St. Mary’s High School in Royal Oak, Michigan and received a bachelor’s degree in English from Siena Heights College (University) in Adrian and a master’s degree in English from University of Detroit (Detroit-Mercy).

Sister ministered in elementary and secondary school and adult education for 26 years in St. Joseph and Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan; St. Charles, Illinois; Winslow, Arizona; Belmont, California; and Dedza, Malawi, East Africa, where she taught at Mtendere Secondary School for four years. This includes five years at Mt. St. Mary Academy, an institution of the Adrian Dominican Sisters in St. Charles, Illinois.

Sister Barbara spent 26½ years in retreat and pastoral ministry in Troy, Michigan; Los Altos, California; and Edisto Island, South Carolina. She was a member of the formation team at St. Mary Leadership Center in Kabwe, Zambia, Central Africa for 1½ years.

Sister became a resident of the Dominican Life Center in Adrian in 2006. She was preceded in death by her parents and is survived by a sister, Elizabeth Giffels, of Rochester Hills, Michigan.

Welcome of Sister Barbara will be on Tuesday, May 22, 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 Wednesday, May 23, 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.

 

Vigil for Sister Barbara (Alice Josepha):


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Funeral for Sister Barbara (Alice Josepha):


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Left: Sisters Elizabeth Condon, left, and Barbara Hubbard at Sea of Peace House of Prayer, Edisto Island, South Carolina. Right: Sister Barbara reads to her sister Elizabeth.


Left: Sisters ministering in California posed in this undated photo: back row, from left, Sisters Anne Russell, Una Deasy, Romona Nowak, and Rita Eileen Dean; middle row, from left, Sisters Mary Kathleen O’Neill, Adrienne Piennette, and Marie Wiedner; and front row, from left, Sisters Kay Muzzy, Mary Catherine Snyder, Mary Jacquemain, and Barbara Hubbard. Right: Counter-clockwise: Sisters Dorothea Gagnon, John Dorothy (Helen) Mantovani, Ann Christopher (Diane) Weifenbach, Edward Therese Halloran, Alice Josepha (Barbara) Hubbard, Anthony Irene (Marlene) Kuhnlein, and Bertha Marie O’Reilly


Center: Sisters Barbara Hubbard, left, and Elizabeth Condon in South Africa 


Left: From left, Sister Barbara Hubbard, her sister Elizabeth and Elizabeth’s husband John at Sea of Peace House of Prayer, Edisto Island, South Carolina, April 1999. Right: Sister Barbara Hubbard and her mother stand on the front porch of the convent in Sault Ste. Marie, in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, January 1952


Members of the 2010 Diamond Jubilee Class are: back row, from left, Sisters Carol Johannes, Rina Cappellazzo, Joseph Eugene Fogarty, Barbara Hubbard, Mary Mackert, and Mary Louise Gass; middle row, from left, Sisters Joan Marconi, Diane Erbacher, Paul James Villemure, Charlotte Francis Moser, Mary Anthony Marelli, and Kathleen Sutherland; and front row, from left, Sisters Theodora McKennan, Mary Jo Sieg, Florence Marie Viaches, Michael Claire Wilson, Barbara Ann Mason, and Donna Markham (Prioress).

 

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Sister Rose Celeste O'Connell, OP

(1939-2018)

“I am not worried because I know that my God will walk with me through this as He has all my life. We will take this one day at a time.”

Those words, written by Sister Rose Celeste O’Connell in her autobiography the day after she was diagnosed with cancer, sum up her attitude about not only her battle with the disease but toward the rest of her life’s challenges as well.

Sister Rose Celeste was born Mary Ann Theresa O’Connell on January 10, 1939, in Chicago, Illinois, to Thomas Eugene and Edna Bernadette (Dion) O’Connell. Three children came into the family: a son, Thomas, who died soon after birth; Mary Ann; and Elinor, born when Mary Ann was eight years old.

The extended family on both Thomas’s and especially Edna’s sides were quite close, and gatherings with relatives were commonplace. But both Thomas and Edna worked as Mary Ann was growing up, and as a result she spent much of her time either with older adults, especially her paternal grandmother, or alone.

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Vigil for Sister Rose Celeste:


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Funeral for Sister Rose Celeste:


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(1939-2018)

I am very grateful to our loving God Who has caused great things to happen in the day-to-day little things of life.

My life is full. My feline friends, human friends and a vast ocean with beautiful sunsets are just a few of my many blessings. How I treasure each day and the gifts that God has bestowed on me throughout my life. How can I ever thank God for all that he has done in my life!

So concluded the autobiography written in 2001 by Sister Judith Ann (Judy) Seefeld who at the time was living in Monterey, California, and, although retired from her teaching ministry, was living an active life as a hospice volunteer.

Judy was born on July 20, 1939, in Pontiac, Michigan, to James and Charlotte (Higgins) Seefeld. James, originally from Pleasant Ridge, Michigan, owned his own refrigeration service business. He and Charlotte, from Clawson, Michigan, met and married after high school.

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(1926-2018) 

On March 6, 1943, having received the application of a not-quite 17-year-old Rosemary Ferguson to enter the Congregation, Mother Gerald Barry wrote a note of reply that included this sentence:

I know that you have a little idea of the good things that you can do for Him, but you have no idea of those greater things that you can work in Him and through Him and for Him with that special grace that he gives to a young girl who offers herself as a handmaid in the same manner as did Mary, His glorious Mother and ours.

While Mother Gerald of course could not know what lay in Rosemary Ferguson’s future as an Adrian Dominican, in hindsight her words seem especially prescient. Just twenty-five years later, Sister Rosemary would be called upon to lead the Congregation through tumultuous times, and did so with God’s “special grace” very much upon her.

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make a memorial giftMemorial gifts may be made to Adrian Dominican Sisters, 1257 East Siena Heights Drive, Adrian, Michigan, 49221.

View the news article Adrian Dominican Sister Rosemary Ferguson, OP, Former Prioress, Dies at 92

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