In Memoriam


(1931 - 2016)

Sister Joyce Banks was born on March 22, 1930, in Chicago, to John and Agnes (Joyce) Banks. Her father was born in McDonald, Pennsylvania, and worked as a salesman. Her mother, a teacher, was born in Chicago. They were married in Visitation Parish in Chicago in 1922. Joyce and her younger sister Jean were their only children.  

After attending St. Columbanus Grade School and Aquinas High School, Joyce said, “It is quite natural that I should choose to be a Dominican since I have been taught by them for twelve years.” She went on to say that she had been thinking about religious life for some time.

Read more about Sister Joyce (pdf)

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Cemetery of the Adrian Dominican Sisters

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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