In Memoriam

Sister Helen Sorich, OP


Sister Helen Sorich, formerly known as Sister John Christine Sorich, died on April 4, 2017, at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan. She was 95 years of age and in the 77th year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.

Sister Helen was born in Preko, Yugoslavia, to John and Christina Sorich. She graduated from St. Joseph Academy in Adrian and received a bachelor of philosophy degree in history and a master of education degree in administration, both from Siena Heights College (University) in Adrian. She was also certified in Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) at St. Joseph Hospital in Chicago.

Sister spent 45 years ministering in education in Detroit, Inkster, St. Joseph, and Hudson, Michigan; Oceanside, California; and Chicago, Hometown, and Mundelein, Illinois. From 1964 to 1970 she was principal at Sacred Heart School in Hudson, Michigan, and from 1986 to 1999 she ministered to the sick and shut-ins at St. Catherine of Alexandria Parish in Oak Lawn, Illinois. 

Sister Helen became a resident of the Dominican Life Center in Adrian in 1999. She is survived by a brother, Anthony Sorich of Cerritos, California, and loving nieces.  She was preceded in death by three cousins, Sister Margaret Sorich, Sister Mary Sorich, and Sister Ann Philip Cotta, all Adrian Dominican Sisters.

Welcome of Sister Helen will be on Thursday, April 6, 2017, 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. 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, April 7, 2017 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 Funeral Home, Adrian.


Vigil for Sister Helen (John Christine):

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Funeral for Sister Helen (John Christine):

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LEFT: From left, Sisters Helen Sorich, Helen Mantovani, Eleanor Stech, and Marcine Klemm enjoy time with therapy dogs Babe, Dearie, and Honey.


LEFT: Sister Helen, right, celebrates her eighth-grade graduation with her sister Elizabeth.


LEFT: Sisters Helen (right) and Mary Sorich during a tour of Rome. RIGHT: Sisters Helen and Mary Sorich enjoy a boat ride around Manhattan Island, New York, in June 1986.


Members of the 1999 Diamond (60-year) Jubilee Class, who made profession in April 1940 are: seated, Sister Johnine Heinze; front row, from left, Sisters Mary Sean Kearns, Maria Amada Garcia, Helen Patrick Bartley, and Mary Catherine Daley; and back row, from left, Sisters Helen Sorich and Ita Marie Brennan.

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