Sr. Teresa Disch, OP, formerly known as Sister Joseph Henrice Disch, died on Tuesday, December 20, 2022, at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian. She was 84 years of age and in the 63rd year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.
Sister Teresa was born in Beloit, Wisconsin, to Casper and Josephine (Finnegan) Disch. She graduated from Bishop Muldoon High School in Rockford, Illinois, and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Latin from Siena Heights College (University) in Adrian; a Master of Arts degree in Scripture from St. John University in Collegeville, Minnesota; a Master of Divinity degree in Theology from Jesuit School of Theology in Chicago, Illinois; and a Master of Social Work degree from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan.
Sister ministered for 14 years in elementary and secondary education in Brighton, Wyandotte, Detroit, Adrian and Dearborn, Michigan, and Wilmette and Rockford, Illinois. This includes one year at Regina Dominican High School in Wilmette, an Adrian Dominican institution. She was director of formation for the Adrian Dominican Sisters for six years, and a social worker for Hospice of Lansing for one year. Beginning in 1982, she ministered for 24 years as a pastoral counselor and retreat/spiritual director in Capulin and Pueblo, Colorado; Detroit; and Oak Park and Westchester, Illinois. Sister became a resident at the Dominican Life Center in 2014.
Sister Teresa was preceded in death by her parents and two cousins, Sisters Anna Rita and Margaret Sullivan, both Adrian Dominican Sisters. She is survived by a sister, Rita Chiodini of Rockford, Illinois, and two brothers, Richard Disch (Mary Ann) of Rockford, and Robert Disch (Connie) of Cherry Valley, Illinois, other loving family, and her Adrian Dominican Sisters.
Visitation took place Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2022, in the Gathering Space of St. Catherine Chapel. A Mass of Christian Burial was offered in St. Catherine Chapel at 10:30 am Wednesday, December 28, 2022. Prayers of Committal will be held in the Congregation Cemetery. Memorial gifts may be made to Adrian Dominican Sisters, 1257 East Siena Heights Drive, Adrian, MI, 49221.
Funeral arrangements are being handled by Anderson-Marry Funeral Home, Adrian.
Sister ministered Michigan 27 years:
- St. Patrick, Brighton (1960-63): Elementary Teacher
- St. Joseph, Wyandotte (1963-65): Elementary Teacher
- Visitation High School, Detroit (1965-66): High School Teacher
- Adrian Catholic Central, Adrian (1966-68): High School Teacher
- St. Alphonsus High School, Dearborn (1968-70): High School Teacher
- Adrian Dominican Sisters, Adrian (1976-82): Director of Formation
- Hospice of Lansing, Lansing (1990-91): Social Worker
- Dominican Center Religious Development, Detroit (2006-10): Spiritual Director/Retreats
- Adrian Dominican Sisters, Adrian (2010-17): Spiritual Director
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