The very purpose of the gifts of the spirit - is to share them.
Dominican Associates are non-vowed women and men who desire to practice their Christian faith in the spirit of the Dominican Order of Preachers.
Our mission is to Preach in all ways through Prayer, Justice, Community, Service, Joy, and Study. Touched by the Holy One, we journey in solidarity with the Dominican Sisters of Grand Rapids and with one another. Connecting and collaborating in Christian mission and spirituality, we embrace the Dominican charism ministering in joyful faith and compassionate love.
We participate in the faith and spirituality of the Congregation through family and faith community life, prayer, study groups, involvement in matters of social justice, and service.
More than 100 Associates have chosen Associate Life, supporting one another and bringing Dominican values to their family, community, place of worship and workplace.
Lisa Mitchell, Director of Associate Life
616-514-3115 ext. 3115 or toll free: 1-800-253-7343
By connecting with our Associates Director to request an application, you are beginning the discernment process whether Associate Life is part of your life journey. This is an important first step. Once you have e-mailed, mailed, or droped off your completed application, we can schedule a meeting to have a conversation to explore what you are seeking and how becoming a Dominican Associate may align with your spiritual development and with our Congregation.
Mentoring sessions engage prospective Associates in the Pillars of the Dominican Charism: community, prayer, study, and preaching/service. The mentoring process to become an Associate draws on the wisdom and practices of spirituality practiced by Dominicans over eight centuries. During the discernment year, prospective Associates and Mentors study and reflect on the Dominican heritage, so focused on the Word of God, which holds up:
Discernment to become an Associate is a personal exploration. The mentoring process is designed to help Prospective Associates discern whether they wish to become an Associate of the Dominican Sisters ~ Grand Rapids. The 12-month mentoring process is the beginning of a relationship with Dominican Sisters and Associates, of learning about Dominican Spirituality and mission, and of sharing our stories in faith and of faith. Our hope is that the time you will spend in this process will
• engage you in fruitful relationships with Dominican Sisters and Associates.
• Acquaint you with the richness of Dominican spirituality and mission, enrich your spiritual journey, and assist your discernment.
Mentors are women and men, Sisters and Associates, who have found in Dominican life and mission a spirituality that has both form and substance and that enriches their faith and relationship with Jesus of the Gospels and early Church tradition and with the God of Creation.