Sister Dorothy Folliard, formerly known as Sister Margaret Michaella Folliard, died on April 1, 2018, at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan. She was 93 years of age and in the 74th year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.
Sister Dorothy was born in Chicago to Michael and Margaret (O’Connor) Folliard. She graduated from Aquinas High School in Chicago and received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Latin from Siena Heights (College) University in Adrian; a Master of Arts Degree in Latin and a Master of Theology Degree in Theology and Scripture, both from Loyola University in Chicago; a Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Greek from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan; and a Master of Arts Degree in Religious Studies from the University of Chicago.
Sister Dorothy spent 43 years ministering in education in St. Joseph, Ypsilanti, and Adrian, Michigan; Homewood, Oak Park, and Mundelein, Illinois; and San Antonio, Texas. She was principal of St. Edmund School in Oak Park, Illinois from 1951 to 1957. Sister served as a professor at Siena Heights College (University) from 1963 to 1968; professor and Director of Research at the Mexican/American Cultural Center in San Antonio, Texas, for 15 years, and theology professor at St. Mary of the Lake University in Mundelein, Illinois, for nine years. In 1968, Sister Dorothy was elected to the General Council of the Adrian Dominican Sisters and served in that position for six years.
Sister Dorothy became a resident of the Dominican Life Center in Adrian in 1999. She was preceded in death by her parents; her sisters, Theresa, Helen, and Mary; and her brother, Joseph. She is survived by loving nieces and nephews.
Welcome of Sister Dorothy will be on Wednesday, April 4, 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 gathering space of St. Catherine Chapel. 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 Thursday, April 5, 2018, 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.
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: Members of the 2004 Diamond Jubilee crowd are, from left: Sisters Dorothy Folliard, Mary Jo O’Hanlon, Eleanor Dougherty, Mary Scheibel, Laverne Feeney, Jean Hitzeman, Rosemary Ferguson, and Rita Schiltz. Right: Sister Dorothy’s graduation photo, Aquinas High School, Chicago, 1942
Sister Dorothy (second row from bottom, second from left) with her fourth-grade classmates at St. Laurence School in Chicago
Left: Generalate Officers elected at the 1968 General Chapter are: front row, from left: Sister Thomas Raymond (Jeanne) Burns, Mother Laurence Edward (Rosemary) Ferguson, and Sister Mary Paul (Noreen) McKeough, and back row, from left, Sisters James Therese (Arthemise) Cassanova, Sister Julita Marie Williams, Sister Christopher (Kathryn) Noonan, Sister John Bride (Mary Catherine) Jordan, and Sister Margaret Michaella (Dorothy) Folliard. Right: At St. Joseph in Homewood, Illinois, late 1940s
Left: Sister Lois Paha (left) visits with Sister Dorothy during a farewell party for Sister Dorothy given by Mexican American Cultural Center, 1991.
Left: Sister Dorothy with her mother. Right: Sister Irene Gray, left, and Sister Dorothy and the General Chapter of 1982
Left: Sister Dorothy (back row, far right) and Sister Veronica Mendez, RCD, pose with seminarians from Mundelein, Illinois, during a visit to San Antonio, 1992.
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