For an Irish family, there are not a lot of individuals who entered the religious life but there are some. As I broaden the research on the McIntyre and Sullivan families, I expect to find additional members who became nuns and priests.

Currently, I have only linked the religious to their information listed on this site. As time goes on, I hope to write short biographies of each person.

  • Carey, Clementine Clementine was born in Chicago, Illinois and entered the Adrian Dominicans. Her religious name was Sr. Genevieve Therese.
    Relationship to me: Second cousin, once removed


    Nora Madigan and Joseph Carey, both Chicago-born of Irish parentage, brought five daughters into life. Clementine, who was born July 7, 1903 in Chicago was the fourth daughter. She was only five years old when their mother died. Ten year later their father, a fireman, died. It was like losing another mother, for he was that in the memory of his daughters.

    Clementine was associated with St. Leo Parish on the South Side from baptism until she entered the novitiate in Adrian, and, in fact, long after that time. How she happened to come to Adrian at all is a little unusual. She and her sisters were taught by the Sisters of Providence of St. Mary-of-the-Woods at St. Leo Grade School and High School. Clementine had included a two-year business course in her high school program, so she was working in an office at the age of 18.

    When she was going into her 20th year, friends introduced her to Sister Agnes Rita Paiement who was then teaching at Aquinas High School in Chicago. That meeting drew Clementine to Adrian. Having made up her mind, Clementine lost no time. She entered the novitiate on December 8, 1923, the feast of the Immaculate Conception. She received the habit and the name Genevieve Therese the following year on August 12. After Christmas she, then a postulant, was sent to St. Theresa, Detroit, as an assistant teacher in the second grade. The following September she taught at St. Ambrose for a year before making her novitiate. She professed her vows two years from the date of her reception, August 12, 1926.

    A gentle woman, mature for her age, she was destined to teach eighth grade girls and boys during her 43 years of religious profession, with the exception of five years in business education.

    Her assignments were quite evenly divided between Michigan and Illinois. In Michigan, after her profession, she taught at Visitation and Precious Blood, Detroit; St. Mary, Royal Oak; St. Bernard Alpena; and Resurrection, Lansing, which was a ten-year period at the healthiest time in her life.

    In Illinois, she taught at St. Philip Neri, and St. Kilian; St. Mary of Mount Carmel in Chicago; St. Joseph, Homewood; and at Sacred Heart, Joliet.

    After medical attention in 1958, she was sent to St. Mary Star of the Sea in Oceanside, California, an assignment intended to be a change from the heavy enrollment and changing neighborhood schools in Chicago. The following year she was back in Chicago, apparently for more medical attention.

    A lovely, sensitive lady, she was inclined to be too conscientious and serious. Perhaps at the age of five, and again at fifteen, she had missed the laughter in growing-up while she mourned for her parents. Then, too, by her own admission, sickness frightened her.

    In her appointment as principal-superioress ot Precious Blood, Detroit, she was known by pastor, sisters and people to be a consistently just and gracious lady, effective in her capacity, yet she asked Mother Gerald to allow her to resign. It appears that she bordered on scrupulosity.

    1n 1962, she took a few months to rest, after which she gladly went to Mount St. Mary Academy to teach commercial subjects. She had kept up her business skills in volunteer service in her school assignments over the years so she was at ease with a small class of high school girls. The memory of her in that time comes through a letter written by one of her students. Dated November 4, 1975, and signed Mary Sue Verachtert Glines, it reads in part:

    For some time I have been thinking about contacting Sister Genevieve Therese, who was my teacher at Mount St. Mary Academy. Since our school is now closed I would like to know how to contact Sister. I want to thank her for her positive influence on my life.

    The young woman was informed that Sister Genevieve Therese died on July 27, 1969.

    A victim of cancer of the liver, she had come to Maria Hall in March of 1967 to wait for death. It came slowly.

    Pages 821-822
    Adrian Dominican Archives
    Adrian, Michigan
    Received March 27, 2015 from the Adrian Dominican Information Services
  • Ginty, Mary Magdalita A Sinsinawan Dominican sister, Sr. Mary Magdalita taught at St. Rose, Baltimore; St. James Ventnor, Atlantic City; St. Thomas More, Chicago; St. Patrick, Rockford, IL and St. Mary, East Dubuque, Iowa. She celebrated her 60th jubliee in June 2003 at the Sinsinawan motherhouse, the St. Dominic Villa, in Wisconsin where she retired.
    Relationship to me: Second cousin, once removed
  • Headen, Francis M. J. This individual is a mystery. Although I can find records about him, even of him marrying one of his cousins, he seems to disappear sometime after 1911. He served at two parishes in Chicago: Presentation and St. Laurence. My belief is he was an archdiocesan priest. More work needed on this one!
    Relationship to me: First cousin, twice removed
  • McIntyre, Thomas Joseph Fr. Tom became a Vincentian priest and served his ministry mostly on the west coast after being at the mother house in Perryville and closing down DePaul Academy in Chicago.
    Relationship to me: Uncle
  • Sullivan, Anna Elizabeth Sr. Mary Aloysius was a Sister of Providence. She grew up in Chicago and attended St. Andrew's Grade School, completed her high school at St. Mary-of-the-Woods High School in Terre Haute, Indiana. She earned a B.S. in Education from St. Mary-of-the-Woods College and attended Loyola University in Chicago. Her teaching assignments were quite varied. She taught in Washington, D.C.; Fort Wayne, Richmond, Lafayette, Terre Haute, Indianapolis in Indiana; while she also taught in Illinois at Norwood Park, Joliet, Chicago, and Palos Heights. In addition she also was in Tulsa, OK and Chelsea, MA. In several of the locations she was Superior which also meant she was the Principal of the school.
    Relationship to me: Second cousin, once removed
  • Sullivan, Charles P. Uncle Charlie was a very kind and wonderful man. By the time I knew him, he was in his 70s. I remember my Grandmother, Nell, his sister-in-law, when Uncle Charlie would come to her home for Sunday dinner, would always try to slip him a few dollars before he left. He always said he didn't need any money and would refuse.
    Charles Sullivan, taught at Jesuit institutions across the country. When Larry McIntyre, Jr., was at St. Ignatius in the 1950s, Uncle Charlie was there too.
    Relationship to me: Great Uncle
  • Sullivan, Mary Collette Mary was my Mom's first cousin and a very good friend when they were little. Mary Collette joined the Daughter of Charity and worked at St. Joseph's Hospital for a number of years.
    When she retired to the motherhouse in Indiana, she became the archivist for the community. I have some very good information on her and I look forward to posting it on the website.
    Relationship to me: First cousin, once removed
  • Sullivan, Paul D. Father Sullivan, whom I just recently learned about, was a Jesuit and an Associate Professor of English at Xavier University in Cincinnati Ohio.
    Relationship to me: Second cousin, once removed
  • Woods, Marion A loving tribute to Marian was posted by Carleen Malone on Marian was also known as Sr. Mary Maude by her order, Sisters of Charity BVM. She was a nun for 72 years, the majority of those years spent teaching in elementary schools.
    Relationship to me: Second cousin, once removed