Sister Frances Mary Fitzpatrick, O.P.

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Sister Frances Mary Fitzpatrick, formerly known as Sister John Denise, died on Tuesday, January 16, 2024, at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian. She was 88 years of age and in the 68th year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.

Sister Frances Mary was born in Chicago, Illinois, to Thomas and Mary (Farrell) Fitzpatrick. She graduated from Saint Xavier Academy in Chicago and received a Bachelor of Philosophy degree in English and a Master of Education degree in School Administration/Supervision, both from Siena Heights College (University) in Adrian.

Sister Frances Mary spent 33 years ministering in education in Ypsilanti, Maybee, Rochester, and Flint, Michigan; St. Petersburg, Florida; and Chicago, Illinois. This includes four years as principal in two Flint schools and 15 years as principal of Holy Family Catholic School, St. Petersburg (1973-1988). She ministered 14 years as a school consultant and seven years as an assistant superintendent for the Archdiocese of Chicago. Sister also served six years as resource consultant for the Office of Catholic Schools in Chicago. She became a resident of the Dominican Life Center in 2021.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Roberta Hamill. She is survived by brothers John Fitzpatrick of Lake Forest and Thomas Fitzpatrick, Jr., of Chicago, both in Illinois; other loving family and her Adrian Dominican Sisters.

Funeral services will take place January 23 and Funeral Mass on January 24th in Adrian, Michigan. 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. Those who are not attending services in person are welcome to participate via live stream at

Please keep Sister Frances Mary’s family and religious community in your thoughts and prayers.

May her soul and the souls of all the faithful departed
by the mercy of God, rest in peace!