Tuesday, February 2, 2021

RIP 9 Retired Catholic Dominican Nuns Die from COVID in January with 47 other Sisters Positive in Michigan


The Adrian Dominican Sisters, is a congregation of more than 500 vowed women religious and 211 Associates, minister in 22 states and four countries: the Dominican Republic, the Philippines, Mexico, and Norway. 

9 of their retired Sisters living in Michigan, USA have died from COVID-19. Their ages were between 79 and 97 and they were living in Adrian, Michigan.  47 other Sisters have been infected with the virus.  Below please find a brief bio of each Sister. 

Sister Helen Laier, formerly known as Sister Thomas Albert Laier, died on Tuesday, January 26, 2021, at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan. She was 88 years of age and in the 69th year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.


Sister Margaret Ann Swallow, formerly known as Sister Louis Arthur, died on Saturday, January 23, 2021, at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan. She was 97 years of age and in the 73rd year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.

Sister Mary Irene Wischmeyer, formerly known as Sister Edward Irene, died on Saturday, January 23, 2021, at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan. She was 94 years of age and in the 77th year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.

Sister Charlotte Francis Moser, baptized Mary Irene Moser, died on Friday, January 22, 2021, at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan. She was 86 years of age and in the 70th year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.

Sister Kathleen Sutherland, formerly known as Sister Stella Joseph, died on Friday, January 22, 2021, at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan. She was 88 years of age and in the 70th year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.

Sister Ann Rena Shinkey, formerly known as Marilyn Shinkey, died on Friday, January 22, 2021, at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan. She was 87 years of age and in the 60th year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.

Sister Mary Lisa Rieman, baptized Elizabeth Louise Rieman, died January 22, 2021, at ProMedica Charles and Virginia Hickman Hospital in Adrian, Michigan. She was 79 years of age and in the 58th year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.

Sister Dorothea Gramlich, formerly known as Sister Raymund Ann, died on Thursday, January 21, 2021, at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan. She was 81 years of age and in the 63rd year of her religious profession with the Adrian Dominican Sisters.

Sister Anne Liam Lees, baptized Margaret Frances Lees, died on Sunday, January 17, 2021, at the ProMedica Charles and Virginia Hickman Hospital in Adrian, Michigan. She was 88 years of age and in the 69th year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.


A task force comprised of the Congregation’s Administrator and lay leaders of the Motherhouse campus are meeting daily to monitor the pandemic and to develop effective mitigation protocols and implement new measures as needed. As conditions warrant, these suspensions may be modified.  

The Adrian Dominican Sisters join with people around the world in prayer for the victims of the coronavirus, their families, and all healthcare workers who are courageously serving on the frontlines of this pandemic. In their letter to the community announcing this “prudential preventative action,” the five members of the General Council wrote that the measures were being implemented “for the common good of our own community and the larger communities in which we live and serve.”

Source: http://adriandominicans.org/

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