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National Catholic Sisters Week – Day of Service Photo Gallery

In celebrating National Catholic Sisters Week, March 8-14, the Dominican Sisters

Sister Barbara Hansen blesses volunteers before we go out to serve.

Grand Rapids welcomed 142 volunteers from our Dominican Sisters friends community to serve and support some of the most vulnerable in West Michigan.

Volunteers helped to ensure hungry kids get fed, new babies are swaddled and warm, and above all, that Dominican core values, like service and collaboration are lived and shared. What an opportunity it was to know each other in new ways and to build and strengthen our community through compassion and service. 

Volunteers help children served by D.A. Blodgett St. John’s, originally an orphanage founded by the Dominican Sisters Grand Rapids in 1889.

For 2017 National Catholic Sisters Week (NCSW), Sr. Barbara set about planning a Day of Service, linking volunteers with deserving organizations who serve vulnerable populations in Grand Rapids. A Marywood Campus team recruited volunteers, 142 in total, including employees, Sunday Assembly, Associates, ESL, Aquinas College, 3rd Reformed Church, and Sisters.

NCSW honors the nation’s 47,170 Catholic Sisters and the legacy of all who have gone before. This is the third year of the annual event which coincides with National Women’s History Month.

As we conclude the Week, we give thanks to Sr. Barbara for her commitment to planning and coordinating our Mar. 9 activities. Her work began earlier this year with an application for a
National Catholic Sisters Week mini-grant. The Dominican Sisters ~ Grand Rapids were fortunate to be one of 67 Congregations to receive a $1000 mini grant. A portion of the funds was used to purchase food for the bags distributed to hungry children by Kids Food Basket; another portion was used to purchase yarn to knit and crochet hats, booties, and blankets for infants and mothers aided by Help Pregnancy Crisis Aid.

This year, volunteers served eight organizations including: D.A.Blodgett – St. John’s for the good of children; community efforts to feed hungry kids for Kids’ Food Basket; providing hot meals for those in need with Catholic Charities West Michigan Soups On For All!; clothing men, women, and children with In The Image and with Cathedral Clothing Center at Cathedral of Saint Andrew; and feeding hungry people with Feeding America West Michigan; providing humanitarian aid to people in need around the world with Rays of Hope International; and knitting for infants and new moms at Help Pregnancy Crisis Aid.

Here are the organizations we served and supported during our Day of Service:

D.A. Blodgett St. John’s Home

Cathedral Clothing Center at Cathedral of St. Andrew

Feeding America West Michigan

HELP Pregnancy Crisis Aid

In the Image

Kids Food Basket

Rays of Hope International

Soup’s On For All! Catholic Charities West Michigan