Adrian Dominican Sisters Historical Area

This is the story
of a group of ordinary women
gifted with extraordinary courage
and radiant faith
as they traverse a still-unfolding course
passing from the Old World to the New.

Into a beckoning future
hinted at but hidden still
they journey on, responsive to the call
of their Dominican vocation
to give to others the fruits of contemplation.

The historical area presents in visual and audio form a tour through our history as the Adrian Dominican Congregation. Located on the first floor of Madden Hall, the historical area includes three rooms containing pictures and artifacts from various time periods: 1879 to 1933, 1933 to 1962, and 1968 to the present.

A parchment book contains the names of sisters who have made profession in the Congregation.

Special features include the desk that was used by Mother Mary Gerald Barry, Prioress of the Congregation from 1933 until her death in 1961; a large hand-lettered parchment book containing the names of all the sisters who have made profession in the Congregation; and large panels of photographs depicting Congregation events and ministries.

The historical area is dedicated in loving appreciation to Sister Mary Philip Ryan, OP, faithful chronicler of Adrian Dominican women and their life in mission.

The historical area is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., except for holidays, and other times by appointment. To arrange for a visit, please contact Nadine Foley, OP, at (517) 266-3580 or Lee Cooney, OP, at 517-266-3405.

The entryway-hall into the historical area.
The first room focuses on the period of 1879-1933.
Mother Mary Gerald Barry's desk.
Large panels of photographs depict
Congregation events and ministries.