(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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(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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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.
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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.
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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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