In Memoriam

Sister Dorothy Folliard, OP


Sister Dorothy Folliard, formerly known as Sister Margaret Michaella Folliard, died on April 1, 2018, at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan. She was 93 years of age and in the 74th year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.

Sister Dorothy was born in Chicago to Michael and Margaret (O’Connor) Folliard. She graduated from Aquinas High School in Chicago and received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Latin from Siena Heights (College) University in Adrian; a Master of Arts Degree in Latin and a Master of Theology Degree in Theology and Scripture, both from Loyola University in Chicago; a Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Greek from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan; and a Master of Arts Degree in Religious Studies from the University of Chicago. 

Sister Dorothy spent 43 years ministering in education in St. Joseph, Ypsilanti, and Adrian, Michigan; Homewood, Oak Park, and Mundelein, Illinois; and San Antonio, Texas. She was principal of St. Edmund School in Oak Park, Illinois from 1951 to 1957. Sister served as a professor at Siena Heights College (University) from 1963 to 1968; professor and Director of Research at the Mexican/American Cultural Center in San Antonio, Texas, for 15 years, and theology professor at St. Mary of the Lake University in Mundelein, Illinois, for nine years. In 1968, Sister Dorothy was elected to the General Council of the Adrian Dominican Sisters and served in that position for six years. 

Sister Dorothy became a resident of the Dominican Life Center in Adrian in 1999. She was preceded in death by her parents; her sisters, Theresa, Helen, and Mary; and her brother, Joseph. She is survived by loving nieces and nephews.

Welcome of Sister Dorothy will be on Wednesday, April 4, 2018, 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 gathering space of St. Catherine Chapel. 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 Thursday, April 5, 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 Dorothy (Margaret Michaella):

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Funeral for Sister Dorothy (Margaret Michaella):

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Left: Members of the 2004 Diamond Jubilee crowd are, from left: Sisters Dorothy Folliard, Mary Jo O’Hanlon, Eleanor Dougherty, Mary Scheibel, Laverne Feeney, Jean Hitzeman, Rosemary Ferguson, and Rita Schiltz. Right: Sister Dorothy’s graduation photo, Aquinas High School, Chicago, 1942

Sister Dorothy (second row from bottom, second from left) with her fourth-grade classmates at St. Laurence School in Chicago

Left: Generalate Officers elected at the 1968 General Chapter are: front row, from left: Sister Thomas Raymond (Jeanne) Burns, Mother Laurence Edward (Rosemary) Ferguson, and Sister Mary Paul (Noreen) McKeough, and back row, from left, Sisters James Therese (Arthemise) Cassanova, Sister Julita Marie Williams, Sister Christopher (Kathryn) Noonan, Sister John Bride (Mary Catherine) Jordan, and Sister Margaret Michaella (Dorothy) Folliard. Right: At St. Joseph in Homewood, Illinois, late 1940s

Left: Sister Lois Paha (left) visits with Sister Dorothy during a farewell party for Sister Dorothy given by Mexican American Cultural Center, 1991.

Left: Sister Dorothy with her mother. Right: Sister Irene Gray, left, and Sister Dorothy and the General Chapter of 1982

Left: Sister Dorothy (back row, far right) and Sister Veronica Mendez, RCD, pose with seminarians from Mundelein, Illinois, during a visit to San Antonio, 1992.

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Avatar  Anna Freeman last weekReply

It was privilege to know Sr. Dorothy when she served on the Faculty at Mundelein Seminary. One summer break, she asked me to show her how to put all her class notes on the computer for her students. We met each morning at 10 a.m. for an hour. It was a joy to spend those summer mornings with her. She was such a gentle woman and a kinder person I will never meet. Sr. Dorothy, you will be remembered with love by so many people for a very long time!

Avatar  Veronica Mendez, RCD last weekReply

Dorothy was a true friend to me and a wisdom figure. We arrived at Mundelein Seminary at the same time and left together eight years later. Dorothy didn't drive so I would invite her to come with me when I was going to the store or just out. She was always so grateful yet I was the one that was being helped. Many a time I went to do something simply because I had Dorothy to accompany me. She was so sharp! She found a theater near by where we could see the latest shows for one or two dollars. We just had to wait around 3 months or so but, as she said, it often took us that long to find the time to go!

Avatar  Joseph Slovinec 2 weeks agoReply

I am trying to access tonight's Vigil Prayer for Sister Dorothy Folliard yet I am unable to do so. It is a nice collection of pictures including my late Grandmother Folliard.

Avatar  Ann Celine Wydeven 2 weeks agoReply

In February,1972 I met with Dorothy in a high school classroom at Dominican High. I held her in great trust and gentleness and was confident that I could share with her my deep feelings for Val (not without crying, however) . After spilling out my heart, Dorothy held my hands and told me that I was in love and proceeded to say “what can I do to help you?” The new journey began and through the last 46 years Ive kept in touch with her. Every time I would go to Adrian I always made it a point to see her and ask for her blessing. Her words were simple, strong and centered , “keep on doing what you’re doing” I will miss her, but I will talk to her and continue to ask for direction She’s taken a part of us with her ,Resurrecit Sigut Dixit

Avatar  Carol Ann Gross, OP 2 weeks agoReply

Sister Dorothy has always been a wisdom figure in my life. I have come in contact with her at very special moments in my life when I needed that gift of the Spirit. I was in a program at the Mexican American Cultural Center at the time she was there. It seems like she was never left alone for even a meal at which people took advantage of a chance to seek her out to talk about their lives and often their problems. Her gentle, simple but brilliant caring will always be remembered by many.

Avatar  Fr. John Iffert 2 weeks agoReply

I deeply miss Sr. Dorothy and I rejoice that she has returned to the Lord whom she loved so deeply. She was the best teacher I ever had. I took Greek and Latin just to be near her and hear her stories. She taught me the most important lessons in life. "Always remember the anawim. Make every decision with the anawim in mind and heart." "Never compare yourself to anyone for good or for I'll. It's the beginning of spiritual death."

I truly love Sr. Dorothy. With tears in my eyes I rejoice that she has returned to her Risen Lord on EASTER, and I grieve with all who will miss her today.

With love, Fr. John Iffert, Mundelein, Class of 1997

Avatar  Sr. Linda Sevcik, SM 2 weeks agoReply

I was privileged to minister with Dorothy at the University of St. Mary of the Lake in Mundelein for several years. She was unfailingly kind and welcoming and full of humor. What a gift to have known her!.

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