Sister Rose Celeste O’Connell, OP, died on Thursday, May 17, 2018, at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan. She was 79 years of age and in the 62nd year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.
Sister Rose Celeste was born Mary Ann O’Connell in Chicago to Thomas and Edna (Dion) O’Connell. She graduated from St. Joseph Academy, Adrian, Michigan, and received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Fine Arts and a Master of Science Degree in Guidance, both from Barry College (University), Miami, Florida. She also held certifications in guidance and counseling, substance abuse ministry, and clinical pastoral education and was a certified associate addictions professional.
Sister Rose ministered in education for 28 years in Detroit, Michigan; Miami Shores, West Palm Beach, Fort Pierce, and Riviera Beach, Florida; Rome, Georgia; and Montgomery, Alabama; including nine years as principal in Riviera Beach, West Palm Beach, and Montgomery. Sister Rose was the Pastoral Care Supervisor at Hanley Rehabilitation Center at St. Mary Hospital in West Palm Beach for four years.
Sister Rose served as Secretary of the Adrian Dominican Congregation for 26 years and then was Director of the Congregation Office of Information until her death. For many years Sister Rose organized and facilitated Serenity Retreats at Weber Center and was an active member of the Dominican Sisters Conference and Dominican Leadership Conference.
Sister Rose Celeste was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Thomas. She is survived by her sister, Elinor Kannon, Downers Grove, Illinois, and a loving nephew.
Welcome of Sister Rose will be on Sunday, May 20, 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 Rose Room of the Dominican Life Center. 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 Monday, May 21, 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.
Memorial 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.
Left: Sister Rose Celeste with her parents and her sister Elinor at St. Jude’s in Detroit, 1957.
Left: Sister Rose Celeste, far left, then Secretary of the Congregation, poses with former Secretaries during the 2002 Gathering, from left: Sisters Grace Flowers, Marie Wiedner, Kathleen Walli, Mary Ward, and Helen Sohn. Not shown is Sister Mary Catherine Jordan.
Celebrating Sister Carol Bollin’s Golden Jubilee in 2008 are, from left, Sisters Rose Celeste O’Connell, Dorothy Guettler, Carol Johannes, Carol Bollin, Andrea Broutin, and Helen Sohn.
Left: Sisters Barbara Stanek, left, and Rose Celeste dress as twins for their Jubilee. Right: Sisters Joan Sustersic, left, and Rose Celeste O’Connell
Left: Members of the Hand Bell Choir are, from left, Sisters Mary Alice Naour, Rose Celeste O’Connell, Mary Louise Gass, and Barbara Gass.
Members of the 2015 Diamond Jubilee Class, August Crowd, are: back row, Sisters Marilyn Winter, Rose Celeste O’Connell, Carol Coston, Helen Therese Mayer, and Rita Rose Sieg, and front row, from left, Sisters Mary Ann Ennis, Barbara Ann Stanek, Frances Mary Fitzpatrick, and Therese E. Allgeyer.
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Dear Elinor, Thomas & Suzy,Thinking of you and wishing you peace & comfort as you remember Sister Rose, who was a wonderful woman and loved dearly.
My best memory of Sister Rose Celeste was a few years ago when I arrived in Adrian needing a fistful of documents in order to sell the duplex in the Dominican Republic. She spent most of a day with us searching out and preparing what we needed. She made it seem like fun though I know she must have had other things to do. We were so privileged to have such a joyful servant secretary.
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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