Dominican Sister of Peace Adrian Marie Hofstetter

Dominican Sister of Peace Adrian Marie Hofstetter

Dominican Sister of Peace Adrian Marie (Mary Harriet) Hofstetter (100) died at the Sansbury Care Center in St. Catharine, KY, on January 9, 2020.

Sr. Adrian Marie was born on April 6, 1919, in Nashville, TN, the daughter of Marguerite Sanders and Oscar B. Hofstetter.

Gifted from God with a sharp, scientific mind, Sr. Adrian Marie earned her Associate’s Degree in Math from Siena College in Memphis, TN. She earned her Master of Science and Ph.D. in Biology/Zoology from Notre Dame University in South Bend, IN, and her Doctor of Ministry from Creighton University, Omaha, NE.

Sr. Adrian Marie began her ministry as a teacher, serving in Indiana and Tennessee. She worked briefly as a social worker at Holy Name Parish in Memphis before becoming a Professor of Biology at LeMoyne Owen College in Memphis, during which time she worked for racial equality in that southern city.

Sr. Adrian Marie served her community as the Director of Ecumenism and Religion at St. Catharine, then added duties as a visiting professor at Savannah State College. She served as a visiting professor at Knoxville College, as University Chaplain and Religious Education Coordinator at Creighton University, and Director of Ecumenism and Reconciliation at the Resurrection Convent in Brooklyn, NY, before moving to Boughton Place in Highland, NY, to serve in a variety of positions including CCR Chair, Coordinator of Home Sharing, and Director of the Center for Ecumenism. She also authored a book, EARTH-FRIENDLY: Re-Visioning Science and Spirituality through Aristotle, Thomas Aquinas, and Rudolf Steiner.

Sr. Adrian Marie returned to St. Catharine in 2006, where she began a ministry of prayer and study. She began her final ministry of prayer and service at the Sansbury Care Center in 2011.

At her Memorial Mass, Sr. Elaine DesRosiers recounted some of the comments made of Sr. Adrian in the days following her death:
“She was indeed a prophet.”
“Our bright light has been extinguished.”
“She was about the most determined person ever created.”
“She was a great example of living the 4 Pillars of Dominican life.”
“Heaven will never be the same now that Adrian is there.”

Sr. Adrian is survived by one brother, Rev. Robert Hofstetter and several nieces and nephews.

A Vigil of Remembrance Service was held on January 16, 2020, and a Memorial Mass was held on Friday, January 17, 2020, both at the Sansbury Care Center Chapel in St. Catharine, KY. As a final act of charity, Sr. Adrian Marie donated her body to science. Burial will take place at a later date.

Memorial gifts in Sister Adrian Marie’s memory may be sent to the Dominican Sisters of Peace, Office of Mission Advancement, 2320 Airport Drive, Columbus, OH, 43219.

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Dominican Sister of Peace Rita Imelda Sullivan

Dominican Sister of Peace Sr. Rita Imelda Sullivan

Dominican Sister of Peace Rita Imelda Sullivan (85) died at the Mohun Health Care Center in Columbus, OH, on January 5, 2020.

Sr. Rita Imelda was born in Somerville, MA, to Catherine Clark and Francis Sullivan. She entered the Congregation in 1953 and would have celebrated her 65th year of religious life in 2020.

Sr. Rita Imelda earned her Associate of Arts degree from St. Catharine College, and began her ministry as an elementary school teacher in West Virginia. But she felt called to a ministry in healthcare, and returned to study at the Saints Mary and Elizabeth School of Technology, where she gained certification as a Registered Medical Technician. She worked in the field for a decade, then earned her Bachelor of Science in Medical Technology/Biology from Spaulding College in Louisville, KY.

Sr. Rita Imelda went on to become a member of the National Registry of Medical Technologists and served as a medical professional and instructor in Kentucky, Massachusetts, and Tennessee.

Sr. Rita Imelda was a dedicated medical professional, but she also knew the importance of healing the souls of the sick and suffering. She earned her Chaplain Certificate at the National Association of Catholic Chaplains in 1991 and served as a Chaplain in Louisiana and Tennessee. She brought this ministry to the Sisters in her Community as well, serving as a Chaplain at Rosary Manor in Watertown, MA. She also served the Congregation as the Caretaker at Rosary Manor, and volunteered at the Dominican Academy in New York City.

Sr. Rita Imelda was a true itinerant Dominican, always willing to go where the work needed to be done, always ready for a new adventure in her ministry to God and the Church.

Sr. Rita Imelda Sullivan was preceded in death by her parents Francis and Catherine Clark Sullivan, her sister, Margaret Wenger, and her brother, Dr. Philip Sullivan. She is survived by her sister, Frances Reinfrank.

A Vigil of Remembrance Service was held on January 14, 2020, at the Dominican Sisters of Peace Motherhouse Chapel in Columbus, OH. The funeral liturgy was held at the Dominican Sisters of Peace Motherhouse Chapel on Wednesday, January 15, followed by burial at St. Joseph Cemetery by Egan Ryan Funeral Home.

Memorial gifts in Sister Rita Imelda’s memory may be sent to the Dominican Sisters of Peace, Office of Mission Advancement, 2320 Airport Drive, Columbus, OH, 43219.

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Dominican Sister of Peace Joan Marie Hill

Dominican Sister of Peace Joan Marie Hill

Dominican Sister of Peace Joan Marie (James Michael) Hill (88) died at the Ohio State East Hospital in Columbus, OH, on December 21, 2019.

A native of Dorchester, MA, Sr. Joan Marie was one of seven children born to Marie Furlotte and Douglas Hill. Given her love of crafts and group activities, she must have been a wonderful sister to her siblings, as she was a wonderful Sister to those of us in her Congregation for more than 68 years.

Sr. Joan Marie studied at St. Catharine College in St. Catharine, KY, and continued her studies in Theology at DePaul University. Her first ministry was in teaching, and she shaped the hearts and minds of elementary school students in Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana and Massachusetts for nearly 12 years. But a brief time working at Sansbury Care Center stirred an interest in nursing. She believed that “Nursing brings the church’s ministry to the lost, the last, and the least among us.”

Sr. Joan Marie continued working as an aide at Sansbury while she studied to earn her LPN from the Appalachian School of Practical Nursing in Lexington, KY.

After earning her LPN, Sr. Joan Marie brought her ministry of care to patients at Mary Immaculate Hospital, Sansbury Care Center, and the Nazareth Home, all in Kentucky, as a staff nurse.

Even after retirement, Sr. Joan Marie continued to serve the “least among us” as a volunteer to the elderly at the Nazareth Home, the St. Catharine Motherhouse, and the Sacred Heart Village.

Sr. Joan Marie entered a ministry of prayer and service at the St. Catharine Motherhouse in 2013, joining in many Community activities. Sisters throughout the Dominican family knew Sr. Joan for her famous bourbon ball candies and her welcoming hospitality.

When Sister Joan Marie moved to the Columbus Motherhouse in 2017, she immediately became an active member of the Community and a willing volunteer. Her final ministry of prayer and presence was a blessing to all.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Douglas and Marie Furlatte Hill, her brothers, James, Fred, Douglas, Raymund, a step-brother, James DeWolfe and her sister Veronica Hamel. She is survived by several nieces.

A Vigil of Remembrance Service was held at the Dominican Sisters of Peace Motherhouse Chapel in Columbus, Ohio on December 27, 2019. The funeral liturgy was held at the Dominican Sisters of Peace Motherhouse Chapel on December 28, 2019. Sr. Joan Marie was interred at St. Joseph Cemetery by Egan Ryan Funeral Home.

Memorial gifts in Sr. Joan Marie’s memory may be sent to:
Dominican Sisters of Peace
Office of Mission Advancement
2320 Airport Dr. Columbus, OH 43219.

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Dominican Sister of Peace Amata Dawson

Dominican Sister of Peace Sr. Amata Dawson

Dominican Sister of Peace Amata Dawson (Marie Anna Ida) (96) died at the Mohun Health Care Center in Columbus, OH, on December 16, 2019.

The only daughter of Carolina Reed and Henry Dawson, Sr. Amata was born in Philadelphia, PA. She worked as a billing clerk before entering the Congregation in 1948, and was faithful to her calling to God and God’s people for more than 68 years.

Sr. Amata earned a Bachelor of Science in Home Economics from Marywood College in Scranton, PA. She earned certificates in Spiritual Direction from the Shalem Institute in Washington, DC; Theology from Temple University in Philadelphia, and a Master of Arts in Religious Education from Providence College. She also studied at the University of Montreal.

Sr. Amata was devoted to her long and varied ministry throughout her religious life. She served her Community at Congregational retreat houses in New Mexico, Virginia, Pennsylvania and New Mexico. She was  named Local Superior of the Media, PA, Motherhouse, served as Vocation Director and Candidate Director, and was elected President from 1972 to 1978 and 1986 to 1990.

Sr. Amata was also part of the Dominican Sisters Urban Activity in Washington, where she helped learners earn their GED and acted as a substitute teacher in the public school system. She continued her work with young people serving in campus ministry at the University of New Mexico.

Sr. Amata was always open to wherever the Holy Spirit would take her. She found centering prayer to be a deeply contemplative and fulfilling experience, and often prayed with her arms raised and hands open as though waiting for the blessings of God to come to her. Even when she lost the power of speech, Sr. Amata continued to preach peace through her loving ways and kind smiles.

She was preceded in death by her parents Henry Dawson and Caroline Reid Dawson, and a brother, Edward Dawson.

A Vigil of Remembrance Service was held at the Dominican Sisters of Peace Motherhouse Chapel, Columbus, Ohio on December 19, 2019. The funeral liturgy will be held at the Dominican Sisters of Peace Motherhouse Chapel on December 19. Burial will take place at a later date in Cheltenham, PA.

Memorial gifts in Sr. Amata’s memory may be sent to:

Dominican Sisters of Peace
Office of Mission Advancement
2320 Airport Dr. Columbus
OH 43219

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Dominican Sister of Peace Margaret Walsh

Dominican Sister of Peace Sr. Margaret Walsh

Dominican Sister of Peace Margaret (Sr. Justina) Walsh (93) died on at the Mohun Health Care Center in Columbus, OH, on Sunday, December 15, 2019. Born in Peekskill, NY, to Mary Butler and Patrick Walsh, Sr. Margaret took a round-about route to religious life. She studied business at Columbia University, and eventually became the President and General Manager of a successful plumbing and heating business.

God had other plans for Margaret Walsh, however, and at the age of forty, she entered the Congregation, completing her formation with many women half her age. She took this situation in stride, as was her way, and made her final profession in 1971.

Sr. Margaret earned her Bachelor of Arts in Business from Ohio Dominican University in 1970, and her Masters of Business Administration from Xavier University in Cincinnati in 1980.

First Corinthians tells us that we are all given certain gifts to serve the Church, and Sr. Margaret certainly made use of hers. She used her experience as a businesswoman and her education to benefit both the Congregation and our ministries. She served as Director of Development and as Treasurer for the Congregation. She also served as Treasurer and Business Manager for Albertus Magnus College in Connecticut, and as the Director of Purchasing and Office Services for Ohio Dominican University in Columbus, OH. She began her final ministry of prayer and presence at the Mohun Health Care Center in 2015.

Sr. Margaret was not just a businesswoman – she was deeply spiritual and loved her friends and family. She enjoyed living in Community and taking part in its activities, loved reading, and had a wry sense of humor.

Sr. Margaret was also a gifted story-teller and entertained her Sisters at Mohun with tales from her ministries.

Sr. Margaret was preceded in death by her parents, Patrick and Mary Butler Walsh, and her brothers, Patrick, Thomas, Martin, William, John and James, and her sister Mary Jane Wietsma.  She is survived by her sister, Helen Walsh and many nieces and nephews.

A Vigil of Remembrance was held at the Dominican Sisters of Peace Motherhouse Chapel on December 20, 2019. The funeral liturgy was held at the Dominican Sisters of Peace Motherhouse Chapel on Saturday, December 21, 2019, followed by burial at St. Joseph Cemetery.

Memorial gifts in Sr. Margaret’s memory may be sent to:

Dominican Sisters of Peace
Office of Mission Advancement
2320 Airport Dr.
Columbus, OH 43219
or submitted securely at the Congregation’s website. 

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