(1932 – 2014)
Sister Maria Goretti Browne, Vicaress of the Adrian Dominican Vicariate, described Sister Celeste Bourke by saying, “Her life has been interesting, to say the least. Her ministries have been varied – from teacher, to student, to potter, to preacher, to activities director, to chaplain, to volunteer – and, finally, to her ministry of prayer and presence here at the DLC (Dominican Life Center) since 2009.”
Joyce Jean was born November 5, 1932, in Chicago to Edgar Bourke and Clara Beliveau Bourke. The family lived in Our Lady of Peace Parish in the South Shore area. There were a total of five girls and one boy in the family.
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