Dominican Sister of Peace Adrienne (Donald) Colson, OP (94), died on October 12, 2021, at Mohun Health Care Center in Columbus, OH.
Sister Adrienne, one of two siblings, was born in 1927 in Columbus, Ohio, to Grace Singer and Desire Colson. She spent a few years working before she responded to God’s call and entered the Congregation in 1953, celebrating her 65th jubilee in 2021.
Sister Adrienne earned her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Ohio Dominican University, her Master’s in Education in Religions Studies from Marygrove College, and her Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling from the Athenaeum of Ohio. She ministered for more than two decades as an elementary teacher in New Mexico, Ohio, and Pennsylvania.
In 1978, Sister Adrienne moved to a new ministry as Religious Education Coordinator for St. Francis Parish in Newark, Ohio, and later as Director of Religious Education for the Diocese of St. Petersburg, FL.
Sister Adrienne loved being an educator, but she found herself “called to serve those who suffered physically as well as emotionally.” She served her congregation at Mohun Health Care Center, then became a Chaplain and Pastoral Minister at Mercy Hospital in Western Hills, Cincinnati. Sister Adrienne was described as showing “empathy, respect, and courtesy” to the patients, and those to whom she ministered felt blessed by her healing presence.
The Columbus Motherhouse welcomed Sr. Adrienne in 2003 where she offered prayer and service, and she entered her final ministry of prayer and presence at the Mohun Health Care Center in 2015.
Sr. Adrienne Colson was preceded in death by her parents, Desire and Grace Singer Colson. A sister, Marie Wade, and nephews, and a niece survive her.
A wake for Sr, Adrienne was held on October 20. The Mass of Christian Burial was conducted on October 21 at the Dominican Sisters of Peace Motherhouse, and Sr. Adrienne was buried at St Joseph Cemetery in Columbus, OH.
Memorial gifts in Sr. Adrienne’s memory may be sent to the Dominican Sisters of Peace, Office of Mission Advancement, 2320 Airport Dr., Columbus, OH 43219 or submitted securely at oppeace.org.
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Memorial gifts in Sr.Adrienne Colson’s memory may be also be sent to the Dominican Sisters of Peace, Office of Mission Advancement, 2320 Airport Dr, Columbus, OH 43219.