In Memoriam

Sister Elizabeth Condon, OP


Sister Elizabeth Condon, formerly known as Sister Martha Marie Condon, died on Sunday, November 18, 2018, at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan. She was 93 years of age and in the 71st year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.

Sister was born in Charleston, South Carolina to Matthew and Martha (Igoe) Condon. She graduated from Bishop England High School in Charleston, South Carolina, and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Studies from Barry College (University) in Miami, Florida and a Master of Arts degree in American History from Catholic University in Washington, DC.

Sister spent 20 ½ years ministering in education in Fort Pierce, Hollywood, Jacksonville, and St. Petersburg, Florida; and in Aiken, South Carolina, where she was Principal at St. Mary Help of Christians in Aiken from 1961-67. From1976-79, she was Co-Provincial for the St. Rose of Lima Province in West Palm Beach, Florida. She also worked for 22 years in parish work, on retreat teams, as a chaplain, and as a spiritual director in Kingstree, Columbia, and Charleston, South Carolina, and in Kisumu, Kenya, and for 11 years at Sea of Peace House of Prayer in Edisto, South Carolina, which she co-founded and co-directed. She became a resident of the Dominican Life Center in 2006 and continued to minister as a spiritual director for several years.

Sister Elizabeth was preceded in death by her parents, two sisters: Mary Clare McElwee and Martha Condon, and two brothers: James Condon and Matthew Condon. She is survived by loving nieces and nephews and her Adrian Dominican Sisters.

Welcome of Sister Elizabeth will be on Tuesday, November 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 Wednesday, November 21, 2018, at 10:30 a.m. Both the Vigil Service 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 Betty (Martha Marie):

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Funeral for Sister Betty (Martha Marie):

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Left: Sisters at Barry College (University), before 1958, are: front row, from left, Sisters Veronica Gonthier, Jacqueline Marie Roy, Felix Palda, and Joan Loeffler; middle row, from left, Sisters Marie Philomena Mahan, Maria Riley, Paul Anton Michels, Mary Russell, and Virginia Beattie; and back row, from left, Sisters Benita Bourne, Betty Condon, Maureen Lathers, Clarice Moyle, Grace Flowers, and Audrey Hull.

Left: Sister Betty with Franciscan Sisters in Kenya

From left: Members of the Double Diamond Class of 2017 are: standing, from left, Sisters JoAnn Fleischaker, Patricia Siemen (Prioress), Noreen O’Connell, and Sarah Cavanaugh; and seated, from left, Sisters Charlotte Hoefer, Eileen Meyers, and Betty Condon. Sister Betty in her Irish dancing dress while she was a student at Barry

Left: Sisters Betty Condon (left) and Barbara Hubbard

From left: Members of the Appalachian Mission Group: standing, from left, Sisters Patricia Benson, Geraldine Megel, Mary Katherine Drouin, Barbara Hubbard, Betty Condon, Mary Kathryn Cliatt, and Helen Diane McGuirt, and kneeling, from left, Sisters Attracta Kelly and Francine Barber, Ashley Gonzalez (in formation) and Sisters June Racicot and Maria Goretti Browne. In St. Catherine of Siena Library, Madden Hall, Adrian

From left: Spending time together during ministry in Africa are, from left, Sisters Joanne Peters, Virginia Hafey-Wells, Betty Condon, and Kathleen McGrail. Sister Betty with Father John Egan, OP

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