Sister Sean Morley, formerly known as Rita Jean Morley, died on Wednesday, February 27, 2019, at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan. She was 85 years of age and in the 68th year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.
Sister Sean was born in Chicago to Patrick and Mary (Finnegan) Morley. She graduated from Aquinas High School in Chicago, and received a bachelor’s degree in English from Siena Heights College (University) in Adrian, Michigan, and a master’s degree in education administration from DePaul University in Chicago.
Sister Sean spent 47½ years ministering in education in Chicago, Burbank, Glenview, and La Grange, Illinois; Van Wert, Ohio; and Farmington, Saginaw, Lansing, Detroit, Jackson, and Escanaba, Michigan. She was principal at St. Matthew in Chicago for two years, St. Catherine Laboure in Glenview for nine years, and St. Cajetan in Chicago for 13 years, and assistant principal at St. Francis Xavier in La Grange for four years. She was a volunteer in the Admittance Office at Little Company of Mary Hospital in Evergreen Park, Illinois, for four years.
Sister Sean became a resident of the Dominican Life Center in Adrian in 2007. She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Frank Morley and John Morley; and a sister, Sister Eileen Morley, also an Adrian Dominican Sister. She is survived by loving nieces and nephews and her Adrian Dominican Sisters.
Welcome of Sister Sean will be on Thursday, February 28, 2019, 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 Friday, March 1, 2019, at 10:30 a.m. Both the Vigil Prayer and the Funeral Mass will be live streamed. The Rite of Committal will be held on Friday, March 1, 2019, at 2:00 p.m. 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: Morley children: seated, from left, Rita (Sister Sean) and Eileen, and standing, from left, Francis and John. Center: Sister Sean Patrice Morley, OP. Right: Sister Sean poses with the sign for a street named in her honor by St. Cajetan Parish in Chicago.
Left: From left, Sisters Nora Brady, Eileen Morley, Elizabeth Lynch, Joan Donovan, Georgina Luznicky, and Sean Morley.
From left: Sisters Sean Morley, left, and Eileen Morley. Adrian Dominican Sisters receive recognition from the Office of Education, Archdiocese of Chicago for at least 25 years of service in Chicago Catholic schools: standing, from left, Sisters Eileen Morley and Nancy Fischer; Elaine Schuster, Superintendent of Schools; and Sisters Sean Morley and Kathryn Hartnett; and seated, from left, Sisters Nora O’Brien and Elizabeth Lynch.
From left: Members of the 2010 Diamond Jubilee Class are: back row, from left, Sisters Kieran Therese Quirke, Mary White, Ann Rozalia Szabo, Shirley Smith, Jeannine Therese McGorray, Geraldine Maloney, and Sean Morley; middle row, from left, Sisters Rita Crotty, Lucy Ann Quinn, Loretta May, Noreen Burke, Genevieve Jeziolkowski, Marlene Kuhnlein, and Janet Michael Hudspeth; and front row, from left, Sisters Lila Watt, Carol Denise Koenig, Virginia Beattie, Maria Goretti Browne, Ellen Kennedy, Joseph Eilese Hukle and Donna Markham (Prioress). Sister Sean Morley, standing, and Sister Eileen Morley celebrate Sister Eileen’s 70th birthday, February 4, 2002
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My deepest sympathy to Sister Sean’s family & community. I was saddened to hear of her death. She left her mark on St. Cajetan’s School and the neighborhood surrounding it. What a blessing to have known her!
Peace be with you, Sister Sean and thanks for the many great years you devoted to St. Cajetan’s..
A bit of Chicago passes on. When ever we met that connection resonated Go in Peace and sing those wonderful Irish songs
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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