Adrian Dominican sister who served in OKC marks 70-year jubilee

Sister JoAnn (Marie Bernard) Fleischaker, O.P., a Chicago native, is celebrating 70 years of religious life.

Sister Fleischaker entered the Adrian Dominican Congregation in 1947. She professed first vows in 1948 and final vows in 1953. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Siena Heights College (University), a master’s degree from DePaul University in Chicago and a music therapy certificate from Wayne State University, Detroit.

After a sabbatical, Sister Fleischaker ministered for more than 20 years at Las Casas Dominican Ministry in Canton, Okla., ministering with the Cheyenne and Arapaho. She retired from that ministry in 2015. She currently lives in Chicago, where she does volunteer ministry with immigrants and at the Saint Kateri Indian Center. 

“My 70 years as an Adrian Dominican have been spiritually, physically and mentally enriching,” she said. “I am grateful to God, our Creator, for all of the wonderful graces and blessings I have received from the loving hands of God.”

The Dominican Sisters of Adrian are a Congregation of nearly 640 vowed women religious whose roots go back to Saint Dominic in the 13th century. The sisters minister in 22 states and in the Dominican Republic, Norway and the Philippines. The vision of the Adrian Dominican Sisters is to “seek truth, make peace, reverence life.”