Sister Marie Solanus Reilly, baptized Marie Kathryn Reilly, died on Monday, March 16, 2020, at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan. She was 86 years of age and in the 52nd year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.
Sister Marie Solanus was born in Detroit to Edward and Marie (Riley) Reilly. She graduated from Annunciation High School in Detroit and received a bachelor’s degree in management and a master’s degree in teaching mathematics, both from University of Detroit (Detroit Mercy); a master’s degree in religious studies from Mundelein College in Chicago; and a master’s degree in special education from Marygrove College in Detroit.
Sister served for 33 years in elementary and secondary education and pastoral, religious education, and business ministry in Van Wert, Ohio, and in Warren, Ann Arbor, Dearborn Heights, Detroit, and Southgate, Michigan. This includes five years as school treasurer at Dominican High School in Detroit, an Adrian Dominican institution, and two years at Aquinas High School in Southgate. She was an elementary and secondary teacher for 10 ½ years at Boysville of Michigan in Detroit.
Sister Marie Solanus became a resident at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian in 2013. She was preceded in death by her parents; her sister, Anne Berry; and her brother, Edward J. Reilly. She is survived by loving nieces and her Adrian Dominican Sisters.
Due to COVID-19 mitigation protocols, the Dominican Life Center is closed until further notice to all guests or visitors. All are welcome to participate in Sister Marie Solanus’s wake and funeral via live stream.
Welcome of Sister Marie Solanus will be on Thursday, March 19, 2020, 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 20, 2020, at 10:30 a.m. 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.
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Right: Sisters Jodie Screes, left, and Marie Solanus Reilly
Right: Sisters Marie Solanus Reilly, left, and Kathleen Voss
Members of the Portfolio Advisory Board (PAB) – from left, Sisters Marie Solanus Reilly, Kathleen Woods, Margaret Andrezik, Carol Coston, and Louise Borgacz – discuss investment strategy in this photo from the December 1975 issue of the Congregation’s publication, In Between.
Right: Sister Marie Solanus Reilly with Sister Nancy Murray, portraying St. Catherine of Siena
From left: Sister Marie Solanus had a special devotion to Blessed Solanus Casey (1870-1957), of the Franciscan Branch of the Franciscan Minor Capuchins, who served as porter at St. Benedict Monastery in Detroit and was known for his piety, love of the poor, and healing powers. From left, Associate Kathleen Woods, then a member of the Congregation’s Portfolio Advisory Board (PAB) with former members, Sisters Carol Coston, Anne Guinan, and Marie Solanus Reilly take part in the 40th anniversary celebration of PAB.
Members of the 2017 Golden Jubilee Crowd are: back row, from left, Sisters Kathleen Klingen, Marie Skebe, Corinne Mary Florek, and Donna Markham; middle row, from left, Sisters Joanne Podlucky, Mary Jane Lubinski, Ellen Burkhardt, Prioress Patricia Siemen, and Donna Marie Baker; and front row, from left, Sisters Marie Solanus Reilly, Julie Hyer, Nancy Jurecki, and Nancy Murray.
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