Sister Diana Bader, formerly known as Gloria Bernadine Bader, died on Wednesday, May 10, 2017 at Assumption Convent in Seattle, Washington. She was 83 years of age and in the 65th year of her religious profession, 51 years in the Dominican Sisters of Edmonds, and in her 14th year in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.
Sister Diana was born in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada to Martin and Marjorie (Hartney) Bader. She graduated from St. Patrick High School in Vancouver, received a Bachelor of Education degree from Seattle University in Seattle, Washington; and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Theology from St. Mary College in Notre Dame, Indiana. Sister was also certified in post-doctoral studies by Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California.
Sister spent 5 years ministering in secondary education at St. Dominic High School in Everett, Washington and Holy Angels High School in Seattle, 9 years as a college professor at the College of Sister Formation in Issaquah, Washington and at Seattle University in Seattle, 1 year as postulant mistress and 5 years as Juniorate Mistress in Edmonds, Washington, and 21 years in religious education and adult faith formation in the Archdiocese of Seattle. Sister served for 5 years as Senior Associate in Clinical Ethics for the Catholic Health Association in St. Louis, Missouri, and for 7 years as Senior Vice-president of Mission for Catholic Health Initiatives in Denver, Colorado. Sister Diana ministered for the Sisters of Providence Health System in Seattle for 9 years as Director of Health and Human Values and Vice President of Mission Leadership. Since 2004 Sister Diana has served on numerous Catholic Healthcare boards and committees in the US.
Sister Diana is survived by a brother John Bader of Vancouver, and a sister Betty Matthews of Kelowna, in British Columbia, Canada.
A Vigil Service will be held on May 15th at 7:00 pm at St. Patrick Church in Seattle. The Funeral Liturgy will be offered on May 16th at St. Patrick Church at 11:00 am. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery in Seattle, Washington. Memorial gifts may be made to Adrian Dominican Sisters, 1257 East Siena Heights Drive, Adrian, Michigan, 49221.