Dominican Sister of Peace Catherine (Mary Isaac)
Colby, OP, died suddenly on Friday, December 2, 2011, at Ohio Dominican
University (Columbus, OH). Catherine was
born in Bronx, New York, on July 31, 1942, to Raymond and Catherine (Murray)
Colby and was one of three children. She entered the Novitiate of the former
Dominican Sisters of St. Mary of the Springs in 1960, and she made her
Profession of Vows in 1963. Sr.
Catherine earned a BS from the College
of St. Mary of the Springs, an MEd from Xavier University, an MA from St.
Joseph College, and an EdD from Nova University.
On Monday, October 31,
2011, Dominican Sister of Peace Jane (Marie James) McCaffrey,
OP, died at Mohun Health Care Center (Columbus, OH). She was born in Columbus, OH, on October 4,
1925, to James and Mary (Flaherty) McCaffrey. She entered the Novitiate of the former Dominican Sisters of St. Mary of
the Springs in Columbus in 1946 and made her Profession of Vows in 1948. Sr. Jane earned a BS from the College of St.
Mary of the Springs (now Ohio Dominican University), an MA from Providence
College, and a PhD from The Catholic University of America in theology and religious
Sr. Markita Haefling (79) died Monday, October 24, 2011,
in the Great Bend Motherhouse Infirmary in her 59th year of
religious profession. Born December 14,
1931, in Strong City, Kansas, as Kathryn Haefling, Sr. Markita was the daughter
of the late Marion and Mary Anne
(Beumer) Haefling. Her family included
five sisters and three brothers, one of whom is Father Maurice, a Benedictine
priest of the abbey in Atchison, Kansas, and another was Sr. Edna of the Great
Bend community. She entered the
Dominican Sisters' community of Great Bend September 18, 1949, and pronounced
Sr. Mary Peter Lajoie (97) died on October
19, 2011, at Sansbury Care Center in St. Catharine, Kentucky, in her 73
year of religious life. Born Pauline
Delphine on June 28, 1914, in Whitman, Massachusetts, to Joseph Louis and Rose
Mae (Robichaud), she was one of four children. She entered the Dominican Sisters of St. Catharine of Siena and made her
Profession of Vows as Mary Peter on April 30, 1939.
It was fitting that Sr. Malachy's going to
her eternal reward would be fast because for most of her life she had only one
speed…fast! However, in the last three weeks of her earthly dwelling, she was
forced to change gears due to an advanced and ultimately fatal lung condition
that had gone undetected until it was too late.
Sr. Sue (Sr. Catherine James) Keene (75) died on August 6, 2011,
at Sansbury Care Center in St. Catharine, Kentucky, in her 55th year
of religious life. She was born on
December 18, 1935, in Springfield, Kentucky, to James William and Catherine
(Thompson) Keene as one of six children. She entered the Dominican Sisters of St. Catharine of Siena on September
12, 1954, and made her Profession of Vows as Catherine James on August 15,
Sr. Mary Colette (Ruth Mary) Philips died July 26, 2011, in New Orleans, Louisiana, in her 55th year of religious profession at age 82. She was one of two girls and seven boys born to Dudley Anthony and Jeanne Guerineau Philips; one of the boys, Roy, was her fraternal twin.
She entered the Dominican Sisters, Congregation of St. Mary, in New Orleans and professed her first vows on June 15, 1957. At her final profession in 1960, she received a gold band inscribed with the motto "My God and My All," a saying that guided her life as a Dominican woman religious.