Obituaries

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Sr. Alicia Alvarado, OP

Dominican Sister of Peace Alicia Alvarado

Dominican Sister of Peace Alicia (Maria Alicia) Alvarado, OP (73), died on September 17, 2022, at the Regina Health Care Center in Akron, OH.

Sr. Alicia was a native of Villalba, Puerto Rico, one of seven children born to Rosa Maria Rodriguez and Felipe Alvarado. Her family immigrated to Cleveland, Ohio, when she was a child, and she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish and Secondary Education from Cleveland State University, a Certificate from the College Parallel Program from Cuyahoga Community College, and a Master of Arts in Social Sciences from Case Western University.

Sr. Alicia worked as a Social Services Coordinator for the Spanish American Committee in Cleveland. In 1979, she received a call from God to enter religious life. She took her final vows in 1985 and lived vowed Dominican life for 40 years.

Sr. Alicia spent the majority of her religious life in ministry to her beloved Latine family. She served as Hispanic Program Coordinator for Cleveland’s Commission on Community Action, as Associate Director of Hispanic Ministry in the Toledo Diocese, and as a family counselor. She returned to college in 1989 to earn her Bachelor of Arts in Radio and TV Production and used this new set of skills to continue to minister to the Latine community and to work for social justice.

Sr. Alicia traveled extensively in her work for social justice, including to Colombia, Chile, El Salvador, and Nicaragua. No task was too big or too small, as she did everything from driving a van in an outreach ministry to serving on the National Farm Workers Board to serving as a member of Leadership for her congregation.

Sr. Alicia received numerous awards and recognitions for her community service, including induction into the Cleveland Ohio International Hall of Fame in 2018, the Individual Award for Justice and Peace by the Cleveland Commission on Catholic Community Action in 2003, and the 2004’s Madrina Award (Godmother of the Community).  She belonged to numerous professional societies and was the first Hispanic woman on the Board of Trustees of Cuyahoga Community College in 2001.

Despite the recognition she received, Sr. Alicia remained more concerned for those around her than herself. In fact, a friend described her life’s priorities as “God is first. The poor and the needy, and the weak in the community and her family next. Alicia is always last.”

Sister Alicia is survived by sisters Carmen, Lucia Marie and Lourdes Dorsey; brothers Philip, George, and Alberto. She was preceded in death by her father, Felipe and mother, Rosa.

A Funeral Mass was offered at Our Lady of the Elms Chapel in Akron, OH on September 22. Per her request, Sr. Alicia’s body has been donated to science.

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Memorial gifts in Sr. Alicia’s memory may be sent to the Dominican Sisters of Peace, Office of Mission Advancement, 2320 Airport Dr. Columbus, OH 43219 or oppeace.org.

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Sister Jolene Geier, OP

Sr. Jolene Geier, OP

Dominican Sister of Peace Jolene (Antoinette Marie) Geier, OP (84), a native of Garden City, KS, died September 14, 2022, at the Dominican Sisters of Peace Motherhouse in Great Bend, KS.

Sr. Jolene was born to Josephine Lavenstein and Anthony Geier on January 1, 1938.

In her first year of high school, God called Sr. Jolene to serve as a Dominican Sister. She entered the Congregation in 1952 and took her final vows in 1955. After finishing her own education, Sr. Jolene became a teacher, sharing God’s love as she taught elementary school students in Colorado and Kansas.

She left her educational ministry in 1973, following God’s call to retreat work at the Lliff Seminary in Colorado, then serving as a Core Member at the Pilgrim House of Praise. She served in pastoral ministry at two Kansas hospitals before serving her congregation as Director of Associates and Initiates and later as Justice Promoter.

Sr. Jolene’s longest single ministry was at the Heartland Center for Spirituality, a ministry of the Dominican Sisters of Peace in Great Bend, KS. She enjoyed the peaceful pace of life at the Heartland Center, even as she remained passionate about issues of social justice. Of her work as Justice Promoter and at the Heartland Center for Spirituality, she said “When it comes to peace, prayer isn’t enough. We all have to work really hard.” Sr. Jolene worked for peace as a religious Sister for 67 years.

Sr. Jolene was preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by brothers Alan, Danny, and Larry Geier; sisters Barbara Jean Schartz, Katherine Rhodes, and Lola Wilson; several nieces and nephews; as well as the Dominican Sisters of Peace.

A Wake Service on Saturday, Sept. 17, and a Mass of Christian Burial on Saturday, Sept. 17 were both held in the Dominican Chapel of the Plains at the Sisters’ Convent. Sr. Jolene was interred at the Sisters’ Resurrection Cemetery.

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Sr. Teresita Huse, OP

Sr. Teresita Huse, OP

Dominican Sister of Peace Teresita Huse, OP (103), a native of Kingman, KS, died July 4, 2022, at the Dominican Sisters of Peace Motherhouse in Great Bend, KS.

Sr. Teresita was born Marcella Kathrene to Frank and Clara Marx Huse on July 23, 1918. In 2021, Sr. Teresita celebrated 85 years of Dominican life, having made first profession in 1936 and final profession in 1940.

Sister Teresita earned her BA in English from St. Mary College, her MA in Library Science from Rosary College, and her MA in Theology from Saint Xavier University. For the first 16 years of her long ministry, she was a dedicated teacher at elementary and secondary schools in Kansas and Oklahoma. She also served as a professor of Theology, registrar and librarian of Immaculate Conception College in Great Bend, KS.

Sr. Teresita served as a Pastoral Minister at Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Goodland, KS, before moving back to Great Bend to serve on Congregational leadership for eight years.

During a year-long sabbatical, Sr. Teresita traveled to Japan to teach English to adult learners. This trip was the beginning of a period of world travel, when over a number of years, Sr. Teresita visited New Zealand, Australia, Alaska, Korea and India. She also organized tours to the Holy Land.

Even after her retirement from active ministry, Sr. Teresita was devoted to the Great Bend ministry in Nigeria. She was very active in planning and running the annual Mission Bazaar, recruiting volunteers and donations for years.

In a news article profiling her then-85 years in ministry published in 2021, Sr. Teresita said that from a young age, she had dreamed of life as a religious sister. She even got to play a sister in a school play! At the age of nearly 104, she said that “God’s great goodness to me as a Dominican for 75 years boggles my mind, and God willing, there will be more. I’m very, very happy with my many years in the convent. I’ve been truly blessed.”

She is survived by several nieces and nephews, as well as the Dominican Sisters of Peace. Sister Teresita was preceded in death by her parents and three brothers, Leo, Cletus, and Sylvester.

A Vigil Service was held on July 7, and a Mass of Christian Burial was held on July 8, both at the Sisters’ Convent in Great Bend. Sr. Teresita was interred at the Sisters’ Resurrection Cemetery in Great Bend.

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Memorial gifts in Sr. Teresita’s memory may be sent to the Dominican Sisters of Peace, Office of Mission Advancement, 2320 Airport Dr. Columbus, OH 43219 or oppeace.org. Memorials may also be sent to Hope for the Village Child to benefit the Sisters’ Nigerian Mission.

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Dominican Sister of Peace Chris Loughlin, OP

Dominican Sister of Peace Chris Loughlin

Dominican Sister of Peace Christine (Margaret Mary) Loughlin, OP, (82) died on June 24, 2022, at the Norton Hospital in Louisville, KY.

Born on October 3, 1939, in Waltham, MA, Sr. Chris was the daughter of Joseph Francis and Catherine McDonough Loughlin. She entered the Congregation in 1957, made first profession in 1959 and took her final vows in 1964.

Sr. Chris earned her BA in Education and English from Siena College, her MA in English Literature from St. John University, and her MTS in Theology from the Weston School of Theology in Cambridge. She began her long ministry in education, serving as a teacher and administrator in Kentucky, Massachusetts, New York and Tennessee.

Perhaps foreshadowing the future of her congregation, Chris left education to work for peace at Mobilization for Survival, an anti-nuclear organization. She moved on to serve at the Campion Renewal Center, a Jesuit retreat house, and served for nine years as the co-director of the Woman Center in Plainville, MA.

in 1992, she returned to the site of her novitiate work, Crystal Springs in Plainville, MA, where she joined the staff of the Crystal Spring Ecology Center. Sr. Chris recognized the special qualities of not just the farm, but of the surrounding community, calling it a “culture-shed.” In her words, at Crystal Springs “we participate in a geographic region irrigated by streams of local talent and deep pools of human and natural history.”

In her role at Crystal Springs, Sr. Chris acted as a catalyst, re-visioning the ministry and collaborating with those around her to imagine and realize new goals. Of utmost importance to her was the preservation of Crystal Spring for the education and spiritual development of future generations. She took giving up a piece of the property for this purpose as a gift to ensure its continued life as a treasured part of God’s creation.

In her comments at Sr. Chris’ death, Prioress Pat Twohill said that “In many ways, Chris helped to form her Congregations’ conscience in ecological matters. And she did this not only for us but for any number of other like-minded groups.” She used her considerable foresight and her ability to build coalitions to help others care for Earth.

One of Sr. Chris’s final ministries was as Executive Director of the Religious Lands Conservancy. It seems only fitting, as she was working with her Sisters at Peace to preserve another piece of land that has been part of the Congregation’s heritage at the time of her death.

Sr. Chris is survived by her sister, Rita Scudder, and several nieces and nephews, as well as the lands that she loved so deeply.

A wake and visitation were held on June 29, 2022, and the Mass of Christian burial was held on June 30, 2022, both in Magdalen Chapel at St. Catharine Motherhouse.  Sr. Chris was interred at the St. Catharine Cemetery.

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Memorial gifts in Sr. Chris Loughlin’s memory may also be sent to the Dominican Sisters of Peace, Office of Mission Advancement, 2320 Airport Dr, Columbus, OH 43219.

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Dominican Sister of Peace Margaret Philip Shaw, OP

Dominican Sister of Peace Margaret Philip Shaw, OP

Dominican Sister of Peace Margaret Philip (Phyllis Frances) Shaw, OP (91), died on May 22, 2022, at the Sansbury Care Center in St. Catharine, KY.

Sr. Margaret Philip was accustomed to living in community from an early age, growing up with seven siblings and parents Margaret Sheehan and Philip Shaw. After graduating high school in Charlestown, MA, she worked as an administrative assistant for a year before entering the Congregation in 1949. She made First Profession in 1951 and took her final vows in 1954. Sr. Margaret Philip served God’s people faithfully for more than 70 years.

Like so many of her generation, Sr. Margaret Philip began her ministry in education. She served as a teacher in Kentucky, New Jersey, Nebraska and Massachusetts, earning her bachelor’s degree in Education/English from Siena College along the way.

In 1968 she became a principal in Lima, OH, and continued to serve as a teacher and administrator in Ohio, Kentucky, and Massachusetts for more than two decades. She was loved by students and parents alike throughout her long ministry in education.

Back in her home state of Massachusetts, Sr. Margaret Philip served as a parish minister and as a research assistant in Watertown before beginning a ministry of prayer at Rosary Manor. She returned to the St. Catharine Motherhouse in 2004 and entered a ministry of prayer and presence at the Sansbury Care Center in 2007.

In her reflection at Sr. Margaret Philip’s funeral, Sr. Chris Loughlin, OP, noted that everyone who knew Sr. Margaret Philip was struck by her gratitude, She said thank you for each act of kindness, for every caring effort – and was grateful always for God’s hand in her life.

Sister Margaret Phillip is survived by several nieces and nephews.

A Vigil Service was held on June 1, and the Mass of Christian Burial on June 2, both at the Sansbury Care Center Chapel.  Sister Margaret Philip Shaw was buried at the St. Catharine Motherhouse cemetery.

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Memorial gifts in Sr. Frances’ memory may also be sent to the Dominican Sisters of Peace, Office of Mission Advancement, 2320 Airport Dr., Columbus, OH  43219.

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