Sister Bernadette Therese walked this life with gentleness and steadfastness, obviously aware of the Kingdom of God within her, and thus reverencing those she met along the way. Her journey with her Dominican family was the joy of her life. And that is one reason why I believe she was ever smiling!
Sister Jodie Screes, OP
(1933 – 2014)
On February 20, 1933, in Cleveland, Ohio, a daughter was born to John and Josephine (Cerny) Vozobule. She was the last of their nine children, and they baptized her Bernadette Ann. Mary, John, Albert, Frank, Joseph, Josephine, Wenceslaus, and Ann had preceded her into the family.
More about Sister Bernadette Therese Vozobule (pdf)
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Sister Mary Ellen Youngblood, Chapter Prioress of Adrian Crossroads Mission Chapter, described Sister Mary Dougherty as “a Dominican woman of prayer, dedicated to ministry and continuous learning.”
Mary Cecile Dougherty was the daughter of John Edward and Mary Cecile (Dineen) Dougherty, who called Chicago their home. Born on March 18, 1922, she was the oldest of their five children, followed by John Edward, Jr.; Eleanor; Rita; and Jean.
More about Sister Mary Ellen Youngblood (pdf)
(1916 – 2014)
Sister Mary Frances Coleman was the first Adrian Dominican sister to die in the year 2014.
A study of her life reveals that, above all else, she was a woman of prayer, one who brought her troubles and needs to God. The dissertation that she wrote for her doctorate was on the mystics, as Sister Nadine Foley told the assembly at the wake. “She was excited about the mystics, especially Teresa of Avila and John of the Cross. Her enthusiasm was contagious, and I learned much from her.” Her love of prayer was also mentioned by Sister Jean Hughes.
More about Sister Mary Frances Coleman (pdf)
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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We invite you to meet some of the wonderful women who have recently crossed into eternity.