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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

The Call of Liturgy: Another Dimension of Dominican Life

When Sister Chris Wood, OP first arrived at Marywood, she had been a Sister since 1969, but not a Dominican Sister. After much discernment, Sister Chris transitioned to become a member of the Dominican Sisters of Grand Rapids. That was in 2002. A rich life is full of transitions. Following her gifts, including a very astute Read More

Mission & Ministry Spring 2017

God Calls, We Serve Home is Where the Mission Is: A Sense of Place Emboldens Mission & Ministry Our Spring 2017 issue of Mission & Ministry is now available: Read the magazine online below Download a PDF of the magazine   If you would like to be added to our mailing list, please contact Sr. Regina Mary Read More

Her Story: Sister Inspiration – M. Blanche Steves, OP

  Sr. Blanche Steves served as an educator and principal at her alma mater Catholic Central and Marywood Academy during her lifetime. Her forte was English with a specialty in Shakespeare. Yet, this granddaughter of an architect certainly inherited his passion and talent for architecture and shared this gift with the Congregation of Dominican Sisters.  Sister Blanche Read More

Her Story: Sister Inspiration – Sr. Francetta McCann

Sister Francetta McCann has eyes that see through chaos to beauty. It’s why her ministry among women who are fighting to leave behind addiction is so powerful. As outreach coordinator for First Step House, a program of United Methodist Community House in downtown Grand Rapids, she witnesses to women who seek wholeness of body and Read More

Pastoral Care Team at Marywood Health Center Honored

The Dominican Sisters ~ Grand Rapids Pastoral Care Team delivers the gift of mercy to those who are healing, and to their families. In recognition of their extraordinary care for seniors, the Pastoral Care Team received the award for Group Volunteer of the Year from LeadingAge Michigan at the Member Awards Gala on Tuesday, May Read More

Services for Sr. Aurora Valerio, OP at Dominican Chapel/Marywood

Remembering Service    Thursday, May 25    6:30 pm Dominican Chapel/Marywood Funeral Mass    Friday, May 26    11:00 am Dominican Chapel/Marywood My soul is filled with wonder at the gift of your ever-abiding love. My spirit rejoices in you, my God, Who deigned to dwell among us and in us. Sister Aurora wrote this Read More

Dominican Center at Marywood – Summer 2017 Programs Now Online

If you haven’t received your Dominican Center catalog of summer programs, jump online now at to have a look at our upcoming contemplative learning programs, retreats, and offerings from our Center for Spirituality. Register and view programs online. Want a copy of our mailer? Call our Front Desk at 616-514-3325. View a PDF of Read More

Her Story: Sister Inspiration – Sr. Jean Marie Birkman

Her parents drove her to Marywood in 1948. She was 18 years old. She recalls her Dad getting lost at various points on their quest to find “the convent.” “At one point, we drove up to the very humble back door of the property and I thought, uh-oh, this isn’t what I imagined,” says Jean Marie Birkman, OP. Eventually Read More

Her Story: Sister Inspiration – Sr. Mary Martens

With last weekend’s send off of the largest class ever of Aquinas College graduates, we pray that God will lead each to serve with love and justice. Today, we think about another graduate and her commitment to God, teaching, service, and justice-making. Sister Mary Martens, OP (also known as Sister Mary Alphonsus) graduated with valedictorian Read More

10th Annual Dollars FORE Dominicans

The rain in Grand Rapids falls mainly on the greens… We wanted our 10th year anniversary of golf to be special and memorable…and it was! Neither the soggy course nor the threat of rain could deter the immensely generous spirit and camaraderie that has come to symbolize this golf outing. Despite the fact that we Read More

Her Story: Sister Inspiration – Sr. Mary Brigid Clingman

To speak truth to power is our responsibility and our privilege. The worldwide Dominican Family has a presence in 101 countries, where we live and share the day‐to‐day reality with the citizens of those countries. This presence affords us a unique perspective and voice. Our solidarity with our global neighbors emboldens us to speak on Read More

Her Story: Sister Inspiration – Sr. Katrina Hartman

Katrina Hartman, OP, Honored with Dominican Spirit Award by Catholic Central High School Sr. Katrina Hartman, OP, PhD was honored with the Dominican Spirit Award at Catholic Central High School in Grand Rapids, Michigan on April 25, 2017. Sister Katrina is the embodiment of Dominican Spirit for her decades of service. Sr. Katrina has dedicated Read More

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