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Stewarding Our Earth – Earth Day 2017

Earth Day falls on the same day, April 22, every year. It’s a wonderful opportunity for people around the world to demonstrate their love of Earth, as well as a time to make a commitment to care for our Earth every day after.   As Dominican Sisters and Associates, we are committed to service. As Read More

Her Story: Sister Inspiration – Sr. Carmella Conway

She was a little girl who used to say the Rosary everyday that she would be able to go to the convent. This very smart little girl had already worked her way through all the library books in her little country school when her parish priest approached her parents. Sister Carmella Conway came to Marywood at Read More

Her Story: Sister Inspiration – Sr. Joyce Williams

The staff call her the “Hospital Detective”. The families she brings together at patients’ bedsides say she is simply a blessing.   At St. Louis University Hospital, staff chaplain Sister Joyce Williams, is known for her skill at uncovering clues and connecting the dots to help find the next of kin for patients who are Read More

Vowed Religious Meet with “Nones” at Dominican Center at Marywood

The Dominican Sisters of Grand Rapids are pleased to share an excerpt of an opinion article written by Katy Gordon for The Rapidian, a community news organization based in Grand Rapids, Michigan. A link to the full article also appears at the end. Nuns and Nones: Conversation at intersection of contemporary religious, secular life Local Dominican Read More

Her Story: Sister Inspiration – Sr. Lucia Zapata

She is making a difference in the world as an art teacher.   Grand Rapids Dominican Sister Lucia Zapata teaches art classes five days a week to five grades of young artists in the city. This year, she is teaching at East Leonard Elementary and at St. Anthony through Shared Time that provides art, music, Read More

Her Story: Sister Inspiration

When Sister Donna Brown discovered that the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans didn’t have an altar cloth for the Lenten season, she contemplated the situation. She arrived home to Marywood and put out a successful call for an array of purple fabric. Seamstress Sister Lupe Silva volunteered to design and sew. Within days a glorious Read More

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