Funeral Mass celebrated for Sister Adrian Hofstetter, OP

Dominican Sister of Peace Adrian Marie Hofstetter, OP, died Jan. 9 at Sansbury Care Center in St. Catharine, Ky. She is survived by one brother, Monsignor Bob Hofstetter, pastor of Good Shepherd Church in Newport, and several nieces and nephews.

Sister Adrian, 100, who was a Dominican for 76 years and a Nashville native, earned a bachelor’s degree in math from Siena College in Memphis, a Ph.D. in biology/zoology from the University of Notre Dame, and a master’s degree in ministry in theology from Creighton University.

She ministered as a teacher at St. Augustine in Jeffersonville, Ind., at Sts. Simon and Jude in Brooklyn, N.Y., at St. Agnes in Memphis, and Siena College. She also provided social work at Holy Names Parish in Memphis. In 1970, she served as a professor of biology at LeMoyne Owen College in Memphis. In 1973, she served as director of the Center of Ecumenism and Reconciliation in St. Catharine, Ky. She went on to be a visiting professor at Savannah State College in Savannah, Ga., at Knoxville College, and Southwestern College in Memphis.

In 2006, she moved to St. Catharine Motherhouse in St. Catharine, Ky., where she provided community service. In 2011, she moved to Sansbury Care Center in St. Catharine, Ky., where she began a ministry of prayer and presence.

A remembrance service was held Jan. 16 at the Sansbury Care Center Chapel, and a funeral Mass was held Jan. 17 at Sansbury Care Center Chapel. She will be buried in St. Catharine Cemetery.

Memorial gifts in Sister Adrian’s memory may be sent to

Dominican Sisters of Peace
Office of Mission Advancement
2320 Airport Drive
Columbus, OH 43219-2098.

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