A Place for Tutoring…A Place for Adult Learning…

A Place for You!

Purpose Statement

The purpose of the Adrian Rea Literacy Center, located on the Adrian Dominican Sisters Motherhouse campus, is to provide a facility where adult learners can experience a supervised quality literacy program in a welcoming environment.

A sequential curriculum with complementary resource materials is used to prepare tutors who meet the needs of both first language English speakers as well as ESL learners. The program assists adults to become more self-sufficient and confident as they acquire skills in reading, writing, and basic math.

A significant component to the literacy center is the utilization of the educational skills of semi-retired and retired Sisters who partner with volunteers from the community. Together they impart a love of learning and joy in assisting adult learners.


The Adrian Rea Literacy Center was established in 2008 to meet the needs of adult learners 18 and older who wish to improve their reading, writing, speaking and basic math skills.

Certified tutors provide free one-to-one instruction to help learners meet their individual goals and objectives.

Dominican Rea Literacy Centers

The Adrian Rea Literacy Center is one of the literacy centers sponsored by the Adrian Dominican Sisters. Under the umbrella of the Dominican Rea Literacy Corporation, these centers provide safe learning environments which help adults meet the challenges of everyday living through education.


The Adrian Rea Literacy Center puts out a newsletter twice a year and distributes them to our past and present learners, tutors and supporters.

Click the links below to view a digital version of our most recent publications:

Summer 2017
10th Anniversary Special
December 2017

Literacy Center Staff

Sister Carleen Maly, O.P.

Sister Kathleen Clausen. O.P.

Sister Sarah Cavanaugh, O.P.

Administrative Assistant

Sister Joanne McCauley, O.P.

Administrative Assistant

Brenda Sparkman

Computer Coordinator

Board Members

Mary Poore


Rev. Drew Hart

Vice President

S. Carleen Maly, OP

Executive Director to the Board

Marisela Barrios-Alvarez

S. Kathleen Clausen, OP

Rudy Flores

Donna Marowelli

Mike Masters

Amy Palmer

Mike Perez

S. Peter Anthony Schulte, OP

John Solis

Paula Williams

Visit Us

Click on the map of the Adrian Dominican Sisters campus to find the location of the Adrian Rea Literacy Center, indicated by the red circle. We are located on the southeast end of the campus, almost directly across the street from the Siena Heights University Nursing Building.

Need help? Let us know!

For any questions, call our office at 517.264.7320 (English) or 517.264.7327 (Español).