In Memoriam


Sister Catherine McKillop, formerly known as Sister James Anita McKillop, died on December 30, 2018, at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan. She was 87 years of age and in the 69th year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.

Sister was born in Wishaw Lanark, Scotland, to James and Catherine (Buchanan) McKillop. She graduated from St. Paul High School in Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan, and received a bachelor’s degree in English and a master’s degree in elementary education, both from Barry College (University) in Miami, Florida. 

Sister Catherine spent 25 years ministering in elementary education in Chicago; Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach, and St. Petersburg, Florida; Montgomery, Alabama; and Guayama, Puerto Rico. This includes six years as principal and teacher at St. Bede School in Montgomery, two years as principal at St. Ann School in West Palm Beach, and five years as principal at St. Jude School in St. Petersburg. 

Sister Catherine also served the Adrian Dominican Sisters: four years as Co-provincial for St. Rose of Lima Province in Florida, eight years as director of retirement in Adrian, and nine years as activity assistant for the Dominican Life Center. She later ministered as Coordinator of Volunteer Services for St. Leonard’s Ministries in Chicago, which provides temporary housing and other services for formerly incarcerated men and women. 

Sister became a resident of the Dominican Life Center in Adrian in 2017. She is survived by two sisters, Patricia Young of Clinton Township and Marguerite DeJaeghere of Sterling Heights, and a brother, Joseph McKillop of Roseville, all in Michigan. She was preceded in death by her parents and brothers James and John.

Welcome of Sister Catherine will be on Thursday, January 3, 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. 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, January 4, 2019 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. 

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.


Due to a technical error, the vigil and funeral services for Sister Catherine McKillop were not recorded.
We sincerely apologize to those who had hoped to view those recordings.


Left: From left, Sisters Catherine McKillop and Grace Dougherty, June 2011

Right: From left, Sisters Catherine McKillop, Grace Dougherty, Emmy Chelagat Choge, and Joyce LaVoy

Left: Sister Catherine McKillop, standing, left, with her family, from left, Joseph McKillop, Patricia Young, and Marguerite DeJaeghere. Seated is Grandmother McKillop. 

Members of the 2009 Class of Diamond Jubilarians are, back row, from left: Sisters  Andrea Broutin, Mary Ann Konieski, Jeanette Jabour, Joan Delaplane, Jean Denomme, and Elizabeth Flaherty; middle row, from left, Sisters Joyce LaVoy, Catherine McKillop, Eleanor Stech, Nelda Ann Klein, Barbara Mary Saynay, and Marie Houle; and front row, from left, Sisters Mae Tack, Mary Sharon Moran, Betty Jenkins, and Donna Markham (Prioress, standing).

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