She had the Dominican charism. That was the foundation of everything in her life.
The connection between retired Diocese of Lansing Bishop Carl Mengeling, who spoke those words, and Sister Dorita Wotiska, to whom he was referring, stretched back more than twenty years. In November 1995, he was new to the diocese, and after the press conference introducing him, the diocesan staff lined up to meet him. One of those present was Sister Dorita, who by that time had already been superintendent of schools for the diocese for nine years and associate superintendent for four years before that. And the new bishop quickly discovered her ability, as he put it, to “tell it like it is.”
“She looked right at me, and looked at me right in the eyes … and she said, ‘I’m from the Chicago area too, and I don’t want you to disappoint us, because I’ll be watching you,’” the bishop told those gathered for Sister Dorita’s memorial Mass on February 2, 2018.
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When I worked at Powers Catholic High School in Flint, Sr. Dorita would visit us often. A petite lady, She always looked so beautiful and strong. I told her once how much I loved the way she dressed. Rest In Peace.
My sincerest condolences to Sister Doritas' family and to her Dominican family as well. She was a very influential to me when I was younger and she will never be forgotten. RIP dear Sister! You served God admirably!!
Sister Dorita was my Principal when I attended St. Stephen’s Elementary School. I will always remember her as a kind and loving person who also had the ability to put the fear of God into you at the same time! RIP Sister, go sing with the angels.
Sr. Dorita was an excellent teacher and respected mentor. She instilled in me a deep interest in 20th century American history and literature, a love of reading, and the good habit of questioning what I studied. All this from 7th and 8th grade classes nearly 50 years ago. Sr. Dorita offered readings and a blessing at my wedding in 1979. NI still carry her words in my heart. What a blessing to have her guidance in my childhood.
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.