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Sister Mary Kay Moran, OP, who Served in Diocese of Juneau, Marks 60-Year Jubilee

ADRIAN, MICHIGAN – Adrian Dominican Sisters from throughout the United States came home to Adrian, Michigan, for a special week this summer to mark their Jubilees, their years of service and dedication to the Church and the Congregation. The 2019 Jubilee Class includes three Sisters celebrating 80 years; eight Sisters celebrating 75 years; nine Sisters celebrating 70 Sisters years; 22 Sisters celebrating 60 years; two Sisters celebrating 50 years; and one Sister celebrating 25 years.

Among the Adrian Dominican Jubilarians was Sister Mary Kay Moran, OP, who served in the Diocese of Juneau for two years. A native of Toledo, Ohio, Sister Mary Kay graduated from Our Lady of Mercy High School in Detroit, Michigan, in 1957 and entered the Adrian Dominican Congregation on February 2, 1959. She professed First Vows on August 5, 1960 and Final Vows on August 5, 1965.

Sister Mary Kay holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Siena Heights College (University) in Adrian, Michigan; a master’s degree in mathematics education from Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti; and a master’s degree in religious education from Loyola University in Chicago.

Sister Mary Kay taught in elementary schools in California, New Mexico, Michigan, Florida, and Illinois. She changed the focus of her ministry in 2006, when she traveled to the Diocese of Juneau, Alaska. She taught sixth grade at Holy Name School in Ketchikan and as a pastoral minister at Holy Name; Holy Family, Metlakatla; and St. Catherine of Siena, Petersburg. In 2008, she continued her teaching career at schools in Michigan and Arizona.

Sister Mary Kay retired in 2014 and resides at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, involved in the ministry of prayer and presence.

The Dominican Sisters of Adrian are a Congregation of about 575 vowed women religious whose roots go back to St. Dominic in the 13th century. The Sisters minister in 22 states and in four other nations: the Dominican Republic, Mexico, Norway, and the Philippines. The Vision of the Adrian Dominican Sisters is to “seek truth, make peace, reverence life.”