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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

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

Pray to Our God of Love and Hope

  God of Love and Hope, you walk with all people at this time of transition in our nation. We yearn for reconciliation and unity with each other.  We pray that the Social Teachings of our Church be foremost in the minds and hearts of all Government public servants: Life and Dignity of the Human Person Read More

Preaching Justice Martin Luther King Jr’s Words to Live By

Preaching justice, the Dominican Sisters ~ Grand Rapids invite you to take time on this day to reflect on a man who moved mountains and gave his life to raise awareness about injustice. His message carries power today and always. This word cloud features the words that appeared most often in Martin Luther King Jr. speeches Read More

Come & See Vocation Weekends

Jesus turned and saw them following him and said to them, “What are you looking for?” They said to him, “Rabbi, where are you staying?” He said to them, “Come and see!” (John 1:38-39) Single Catholic women, 20 years and older, who want to know more about the life of a Sister are invited to Read More

Christmas Magic at Our Sister & Employee Party

With thoughtfulness, creativity, effort, and time, our Christmas Party Planning Committee surprised and delighted us all this year. The annual Christmas program shared by the young explorers at Whistle Stop brought smiles to the faces of Sisters, employees, and parents as we kicked off the afternoon extravaganza. This year, caroling in Spanish, Polish, English, and two Read More

Services for Sr. Audrey Kubian, OP at Dominican Chapel/Marywood

Wednesday, December 14  Remembering Service  4:00 pm Thursday, December 15  Funeral Mass  4:00 pm “What return shall I make to God for all the good that has been given to me?” Ps 116:12 Mary Kubian, the daughter of John and Katherine Schiba Kubian, grew up in Lampman, Saskatchewan, Canada. She was born July 3, 1917, Read More

800th Jubilee Essay Contest Winners Announced

NEWS RELEASE                    On the occasion of the 800th Jubilee year of the Dominican Order, the Dominican Sisters of Grand Rapids held an essay contest which was open to high school, college, and life-long learners. We are pleased to announce that two Aquinas College students, Natalie Smith and Read More

Dominican Sisters~Grand Rapids’ Efforts Against Human Trafficking

January is National Human Trafficking Awareness Month. The Dominican Sisters of Grand Rapids are members of the U.S. Catholic Sisters Against Trafficking and serve on its Education Committee. We are also involved with several state and local initiatives to combat human trafficking. Our standing committee is currently working on activities for January.   Sex trafficking is Read More

Donation to Santa Claus Girls from the Dominican Sisters of Grand Rapids

Author:  Sister Josephine Birchmeier The Santa Claus Girls have been active in Kent County for over 100 years. Last year they delivered gifts to 14,613 children from 6,133 families. Four years ago, Sister Marge Stein suggested to a few Sisters that this looked like a good project – making hats and warm scarves for the Read More

Artist’s Reception Sunday, Dec. 11, 1-4 pm at Dominican Center Art Gallery

Dominican Center Art Gallery Exhibit and Reception Exhibit: Ayotzi, Inspiration and Revolution Reception:  Sunday, Dec.11, 1:00 – 4:00 pm Artist:  Reyna Garcia   Joanne Bailey-Boorsma interviewed Artist Reyna Garcia, Director of Dominican Center Margarita Solis-Deal, and Curator of the Art Gallery at Marywood Sister Francetta McCann this week on WKTV.  View the interview here. Reyna’s art Read More

The Legacy Room at Marywood: Nativity Creche Sets

The museum quality of The Legacy Room welcomes visitors to explore historical moments, stories, and archival objects of the Dominican Sisters ~ Grand Rapids.  Our Archives Department curates The Legacy Room, planning and changing out exhibits regularly. In December and January, enjoy viewing a collection of creche sets from around the world. Pieces are sculpted and designed in wood, stone, Read More