Sister Monica Kim, O.P. formerly known as Sister George Monica Kim, died on February 10 at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan. She was 89 years of age and in the 61st year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.
Sister Monica was born in Yungyou, North Korea, to Lawrence and Monica (Kwak) Kim. She graduated from Soo-Do High School in Seoul, South Korea, and received a Bachelor of Home Economics degree from Seoul National University in Seoul, Korea, and a Bachelor of Home Economics degree and a Master of Education degree, both from Siena Heights College (University) in Adrian. She also received a Master of Science degree in Home Economics from Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan, and a Master of Theology degree in Family Ministry from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California.
Sister spent 24½ years ministering in education in Adrian and Detroit, Michigan; West Palm Beach and Miami Shores, Florida; Hayward, Carmel, Mountain View and San Jose, California; Tucson, Arizona; Manhattan, Kansas; and Nassau, Bahamas. This includes six years as professor at Barry College (University) in Miami Shores. She was an office assistant for seven years at St. Thomas Aquinas Parish in Palo Alto, California. Sister ministered in Social Work for 13 years in Catholic Charities in Colton and at Mary’s Mercy Center in San Bernardino, both in California, and she served for two years as associate director in the Family Life Office in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Sister became a resident of the Dominican Life Center in Adrian in 2006.
Sister was preceded in death by her parents. Sister is survived by a sister, Barbara Choi of Edmonds, Washington.
Memorial gifts may be made to Adrian Dominican Sisters, 1257 East Siena Heights Drive, Adrian, Michigan, 49221.