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A Jubilarian Shares Her Story – Sr. Barbara Hansen, OP

In our Dominican tradition, we celebrate Jubilee years of Sisters. We are blessed to recognize Jubilarians for their vowed lives and service for 80, 75, 70, 60, 50, and 25 years. We honor each woman and the unique contributions she has made to the world and to our Congregation mission. Each Jubilarian tells her own story Read More




Dominican Sisters Grand Rapids Stand Against Hatred and Violence in Charlottesville and Everywhere

We Stand & Preach Against Racism, Hate, and Violence A Statement of the DOMINICAN SISTERS ~ GRAND RAPIDS The Dominican Sisters of Grand Rapids condemn racism. Hate and discrimination diminish us all. We grieve with the citizens of Charlottesville and with all of us who are also harmed by racist words and actions anywhere. We Read More




A Jubilarian Shares Her Story – Sr. Marie Benedict O’Toole, OP

In our Dominican tradition, we celebrate Jubilee years of Sisters. We are blessed to recognize Jubilarians for their vowed lives and service for 80, 75, 70, 60, 50, and 25 years. We honor each woman and the unique contributions she has made to the world and to our Congregation mission. Each Jubilarian tells her own story Read More




Celebrating A Silver Jubilee & Dominican Associate Jubilarians

Preach in All Ways Dominican Associate Life Mission: 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.  This year, we celebrate the commitment and service Read More




A Jubilarian Shares Her Story – Sr. Lupe Silva, OP

Jubilarian 2017 – 70 Years a Sister “Gracias a Dios” continues to be the mantra of my life.” I was born on November 19, 1928 to Brunita and Lucio Silva, the youngest of 15 children. I was first welcomed and enfolded into the Silva family, the Merrill village neighborhood, and Sacred Heart parish. At home Read More




Services for Sr. Katrina Hartman, OP at Dominican Chapel/Marywood

Remembering Service    Sunday, July 30    7:00 pm Dominican Chapel/Marywood Funeral Mass    Monday, July 31    11:00 am Dominican Chapel/Marywood Stirred by a desire to serve God and others, she entered the Congregation in 1957. At the time of her reception, she received the name Sister Katrina of the Good Shepherd, which she Read More




Services for Sr. Phyllis Mrozinski, OP at Dominican Chapel/Marywood

Remembering Service    Wednesday, July 26    7:00 pm Dominican Chapel/Marywood Funeral Mass    Thursday, July 27    4:00 pm Dominican Chapel/Marywood “For we are his handiwork, created in Christ Jesus for the good works that God has prepared in advance, that we should live in them.” (Eph. 2:10) This favorite scripture passage of Sister Read More




A Jubilarian Shares Her Story – Sr. Mary Catherine Fodrocy, OP

In our Dominican tradition, we celebrate Jubilee years of Sisters. We are blessed to recognize Jubilarians for their vowed lives and service for 80, 75, 70, 60, 50, and 25 years. We honor each woman and the unique contributions she has made to the world and to our Congregation mission. Each Jubilarian tells her own story Read More




Services for Sr. Susan Keller, OP at Dominican Chapel/Marywood

Remembering Service    Wednesday, July 19    7:00 pm Dominican Chapel/Marywood Funeral Mass    Thursday, July 20    11:30 am Dominican Chapel/Marywood “Yes Lord, here I am. Yes to life’s unfolding mystery; Yes Lord, to daily dyings and risings, here I am.” This was Susan’s favorite quote and guiding inspiration her entire life. Read more Read More




A Jubilarian Shares Her Story – Sr. Theresa Bray, OP

In our Dominican tradition, we celebrate Jubilee years of Sisters. We are blessed to recognize Jubilarians for their vowed lives and service for 80, 75, 70, 60, 50, and 25 years. We honor each woman and the unique contributions she has made to the world and to our Congregation mission. Each Jubilarian tells her own story Read More




Grand Rapids Dominican Sisters Cared For Many Children at St. John’s Home

In the late 1800’s, a large number of children were left homeless on the streets after epidemics swept through West Michigan. Catholic church leaders and citizens came together to build St. John’s Orphanage in Grand Rapids. Dominican Sisters from Traverse City were called Grand Rapids to help care for children at the new shelter. St. John’s Home Read More




“Web of Life” Virtual Retreat 

We don’t always have the luxury or ability to travel to near or far shores and immerse ourselves in the lives, culture, concerns, and joys of a people or a place. We can’t always find space in our psyches for yet another issue. And yet, to be curious, to step out of our comfort zone, Read More




Peace activists laud nuclear weapons ban

Catholic sisters and other peace activists who have worked decades to end the nuclear threat lauded an agreement reached July 7 by 122 countries at the United Nations that outlaw nuclear weapons. For longtime activists like Srs. Carol Gilbert and Ardeth Platte, Dominican Sisters of Grand Rapids, Michigan, the agreement — which nuclear states like Read More




Services for Sr. Juliana Barilla, OP at Dominican Chapel/Marywood

Remembering Service    Tuesday, July 11    7:00 pm Dominican Chapel/Marywood Funeral Mass    Wednesday, July 12    11:00 am Dominican Chapel/Marywood “As far as I can think back I had always wanted to be a Sister. My favorite game was playing missionary with all the dolls we could gather. Many a gypsum doll . Read More




A Jubilarian Shares Her Story – Sr. Monica Meyer, OP

  I was born in Albee Township into a “Yours, Mine, and Ours” family on September 22, 1928. I was the 17th child in a family of 18 where I learned love, sharing, forgiveness, generosity and hard work! My parents, immigrants from Germany and Czechoslovakia, were farmers and so I grew up living on an Read More




Catholic Heart Workcamp Servant Volunteers in Grand Rapids

Is there anything more exciting for a pre-teen and teenagers to do than pulling nasty bindweed, creeping Charlie, thistle and daisy fleabane from an acre of native plants? Perhaps more interesting would be pulling invasive daisy fleabane or digging out stubborn buckthorn seedlings or hauling water jugs and watering new plants!! How about doing those Read More




Prayers Please: Tomorrow 10am UN Vote on Nuclear Weapons Ban Treaty

“Tomorrow may well be an historic day here at the UN, as over 125 countries will vote on a treaty to legally prohibit nuclear weapons. The vote will take place tomorrow morning at 10am. If this treaty is adopted, we will have banned nuclear weapons; established a framework for the elimination of nuclear weapons programs Read More




Her Story: Sister Inspiration – Sister Sue Tracy with Friend Sue Schroder

“Coping with hope is an acquired skill — especially when it comes to cancer,” says journalist Sue Schroder. That indomitable cope with hope spirit is the legacy of Dominican Sister Sue Tracy, OP, who shared a friendship and camaraderie with Sue Schroder, who was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma in 2009 and is now in remission. “Sister Read More




Gathering of Sisters and Priests at Marywood

The Dominican Sisters of Grand Rapids hosted its annual gathering of priests and sisters from the Diocese of Grand Rapids at Marywood on Tuesday, June 27, 2017. Nearly 100 women and men religious gathered in Dominican Chapel/Marywood for a program with Bishop David J. Walkowiak, followed by Evening Prayer and supper at Dominican Center. Guests Read More




Dominican Sisters of Grand Rapids at United Nations Assembly on Nuclear Weapons

Pope Francis stated: “International peace and stability cannot be based on a false sense of security, on the threat of mutual destruction or total annihilation, or on simply maintaining a balance of power. Peace must be built on justice, on integral human development, on respect for fundamental human rights, on the protection of creation, on the Read More




Sue Schroder Launches “Cope with Hope” Blog– Honors Sr Sue Tracy, OP

Sue Schroder Remembers Sr. Sue Tracy,OP with Friends from Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids Sister Sue Tracy had a gift for reinflating my newly-diagnosed-with-cancer numb newbie-self, and miracle of miracles, making me laugh.   Turns out I was among hundreds, maybe thousands, who learned from Sister Sue how to live with cancer — joyously and fully through Read More




A Jubilarian Shares Her Story – Sr. Margaret Thomas, OP

  How do you put 70 years of “lived reality” as a Dominican Sister into words? How does this small town/farm kid from Michigan tell of her dreams of living in the mountains in an ivy-covered castle? (The mountains came later and my ivy-covered castle dream was Marywood, circa 1946.) During these many years, I Read More