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Her Story: Sister Inspiration

For more than 52 years, she cared for patients as a Registered Nurse. Today, Dominican Sister Ann Hehl’s presence comforts and uplifts in her ministry as a Spiritual Care Companion and as a member of our Pastoral Care Team. She provides pastoral care to patients at Marywood Health Center and companions women and men who Read More

Tai Chi Classes Start April 10 at Marywood

People think of aging as a time of diminishing capabilities. While certainly we may not be able to excel at the same activities at 70 that we did at 30, Tai Chi is a safe practice for people of any age and physical condition. Tai Chi is a movement therapy. It’s a gentle practice that Read More

Services for Sr. Dolores Abeyta, OP at Dominican Chapel/Marywood

Funeral Mass    Saturday, March 18    10:00 am Our Lady of Fatima Church: Albuquerque, NM Remembering Service    Tuesday, March 28    7:00 pm Dominican Chapel/Marywood: Grand Rapids, MI Memorial Mass    Wednesday, March 29    4:00 pm Dominican Chapel/Marywood: Grand Rapids, MI At the time of her Golden Jubilee, Sister Dolores reflected on Read More

Her Story: Sister Inspiration

A Catholic school dropout finds her calling as a teacher and, eventually, a Catholic nun. Listen to Grand Rapids Dominican Sister Mary Navarre’s THE MOTH story “Catholic School Dropout” Sister Mary’s story was produced by THE MOTH in 2015. Enjoy listening to Sister Mary’s story podcast during Women’s History Month and for National Catholic Sisters Week Read More

National Catholic Sisters Week – Day of Service Photo Gallery

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

Services for Sr. Catherine Ann Winowiecki, OP at Dominican Chapel/Marywood

Friday, March 10  Remembering Service  7:00 pm Saturday, March 11  Funeral Mass  11:00 am In 1976 she began fifteen years as a baker at Marywood, a favorite task in the ministry of food service. Her warm, delicious breads, iced breakfast rolls, cookies and other baked goods delighted postulants, novices and professed sisters alike. She rose Read More

Services for Sr. Vita Licari, OP at Dominican Chapel/Marywood

Thursday, March 9  Remembering Service  4:15 pm Friday, March 10  Funeral Mass  11:00 am “It was not you who chose me, it was I who chose you.” (John 15:16 At the time of her Golden Jubilee in 1998, Sister Vita Licari wrote: “For fifty years, as mystifying as those words have been to me—that God Read More

Dominican Sisters Kick Off National Catholic Sisters Week with Day of Service, More

In celebrating National Catholic Sisters Week, March 8-14, the Dominican Sisters ~ Grand Rapids will be welcoming nearly 100 volunteers from the Dominican Sisters community to serve and support some of the most vulnerable in West Michigan. With generous grant support from, volunteers will help ensure hungry kids get fed, new babies are swaddled and Read More

Welcoming the Stranger: A Social Justice Conversation

Our national history is an immigrant story, yet we have many diverse opinions on what it means to welcome the stranger. The members of the Dominican Sisters ~ Grand Rapids are called to compassion and justice — here and now in our world. We recognize that many Dominican Sisters of Grand Rapids, Dominican Associates, our Sunday Read More

Services for Sr. Margaret Schneider, OP at Dominican Chapel/Marywood

Monday, February 27  Remembering Service  7:00 pm Tuesday, February 28  Funeral Mass  4:00 pm Blessed are those who dwell in your house ever singing your praise. Blessed are they who find strength in you, whose hearts are set on the pilgrim’s path. Ps. 84 Singing, walking the pilgrim’s path, finding strength in faith, family and Read More

This Lent, I’m getting Quiet (A Guest Reflection)

“This year for Lent, I’m getting quiet…” Settle in to read this thoughtful reflection from Sinsinawa Dominican Sister Christin Tomy. We hope it inspires your journey this Lenten season. And remember, all are welcome to join us for worship during Lent and Easter at Marywood. Lent & Easter at Marywood The Lenten call I’m feeling Read More

Lent & Easter at Marywood

The Dominican Sisters ~ Grand Rapids invite you to pray with us during this Lenten Season. All are welcome. See below for a list of Lenten services or download the Lenten 2017 Schedule.   Lenten Liturgies Ash Wednesday    March 1, 2017 9:30 am  Morning Prayer 9:45 am  Eucharist & Distribution of Ashes     Read More

Humility: A Tool for Managing Anger When We Disagree

The political non-discourse playing out around us, often on our Facebook walls, are windows into the human soul. Do you want to do better at listening to “sides” and understanding perspectives? There are some helpful ideas and exercises in this article from #GlobalSistersReport that might help you avoid arguments and kerfuffles with others in these Read More

Services for Sr. Geraldine Fox, OP at Dominican Chapel/Marywood

Thursday, February 16  Remembering Service  7:00 pm Friday, February 17  Funeral Mass  4:00 pm “For everything there is a time.” This statement from one of Sister Geraldine’s favorite scripture passages proved true in her life, filled with many turnings at different times. Jean Marie Fox, born May 10, 1923, was the first of eight children of Read More

Day of Service Event During National Catholic Sisters Week

Dominican Sisters ~ Grand Rapids employees and Sunday Assembly will join hearts and hands with Sisters for a Day of Service during National Catholic Sisters Week 2017. We will gather for lunch beginning at 11:30 am and set out for sites on and off campus, and serve until 4:00 pm. The organizations we will serve this Read More

Search for Truth: During an Era of Fake News

“The seeking and preaching truth is not over, it’s not ended. It is a gift that is so very much needed as we start on the next 800 years.” — Sr. Barbara Reid, OP, Grand Rapids Dominican Sisters On Jan. 17, 2017 Sister Barbara Reid, OP received the 2017 Yves Congar Award for Theological Excellence Read More

Aquinas College Ambassadors Learn about College History from Dominican Sisters

On Sunday, January 29, the Dominican Sisters Grand Rapids hosted more than 20 Aquinas Student Ambassadors for Mass and lunch at the Dominican Center. It’s a way that the students can learn more about the history of their college from the perspective of the women who founded it. The Sisters from the Executive Council, along Read More

Tender Mercies Promote Justice, Empower Powerless

From Dominican Solidarity Grows Tender Mercies As the ministries of the Dominican Sisters of Grand Rapids diversify and flourish and as their horizons broaden far beyond the familiar, much changes—or so it seems. One thing, however, remains the same—that is the undying conviction among the Sisters of who they are and what they are about. Read More

Dominican Center at Marywood: A Ministry for All People

Through the ministry of Dominican Center, the Dominican Sisters ~ Grand Rapids strive to make a difference in the world by welcoming others to witness the power of Spirit through experiential prayer, shared study, service, and community building.  Programming at Dominican Center takes all forms: workshops, art exhibits, liturgical music, community conversations, and more. We Read More

Sunday Jan 29 Prayer Service for Victims of Human Trafficking

Praying for Light in Darkness – A service for those who have been harmed, for those in harm’s way, and for those who work to end human trafficking. This Sunday, Jan 29, 3:00-4:00 pm, please join friends from the West Michigan community at Dominican Chapel/Marywood for a special prayer service for the victims of human Read More

Celebrating the Close of the 800th Anniversary of Dominican Order

“It’s rather strange isn’t it — that the man who founded the Order of Preachers should be such a quiet figure! And yet by the fruits of his labor, we know him.” — Heather Barrett, Lay Dominican Sunday, January 22, 2017 marks the closure of the celebration of 800 years of Dominican Life on Earth, Read More

Invitation to 100 Days of Prayer

  We invite you to join the Dominican Sisters ~ Grand Rapids, the Sisters of St. Joseph, and citizens of our nation in communal prayer during the first 100 days of transition to a new President and Administration. We pray for unity, reconciliation, and priority for the common good of the people of our nation, the Read More