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Sister Helen Diane McGuirt, OP

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ADRIAN, MICHIGAN—Sister Helen Diane McGuirt, formerly known as Sister Ina Marie, died on Friday, March 18, 2022, at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan. She was 82 years of age and in the 64th year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.

Sister Helen Diane was born in Chicago, Illinois, to Paul and Dorothy (Henley) McGuirt. She graduated from Aquinas High School in Chicago and received a Bachelor of Philosophy degree in English from Siena Heights College (University) in Adrian; a Master of Arts degree in Elementary Education from DePaul University in Chicago; and a Master of Pastoral Studies degree in Pastoral Leadership from Aquinas Theological Institute in Dubuque, Iowa.

Sister spent 21 years ministering in education in Toledo and Cincinnati, Ohio; Chicago and Oak Park, Illinois; and Winona and Tracy, Minnesota. She served seven years as a religious education coordinator in Winona. Sister ministered three years as a pastoral minister in Meadowview, Virginia, and five years at St. Elizabeth Parish in Ravenna, Kentucky. She also served 18 years as an advocate/counselor for Bristol Regional Mental Health in Abingdon, Virginia. Sister became a resident of the Dominican Life Center in 2012.

Sister Helen Diane was preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by a sister, Mary Ina Otten of Cleves, Ohio, other loving family and her Adrian Dominican Sisters.

Due to COVID-19 mitigation protocols, the Dominican Life Center is closed to all guests or visitors until further notice. All are welcome to participate in Sister’s wake and funeral via live stream at http://www.adriandominicans.org/LiveStream.aspx

The Vigil Prayer will be held at 7:00 pm Tuesday, March 22, 2022, in St. Catherine Chapel. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered in St. Catherine Chapel at 10:30 am Wednesday, March 23, 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.

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