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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

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

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

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

Anti-Racism Events with Dr. Marcia Chatelain

The public is invited to  join us for this important conversation, co-hosted by the Dominican Sisters ~ Grand Rapids, on Thursday, Nov. 3 at Aquinas College.   Featuring: Dr. Marcia Chatelain, Associate Professor of History & African American Studies at Georgetown University.   Dr. Chatelain is also the author of the book South Side Girls (Duke UP, 2015). Read More

Aquinas College Receives Department of Education Grant

The U.S. Department of Education has awarded Aquinas College $2,523,712 to address the shortage of English as a Second Language (ESL) and Bilingual teachers in Michigan. The Grand Rapids Dominican Sisters share with others the Word of God — words of life and hope — through our many diverse ministries. Aquinas College is one of Read More

Dominican Sisters ~ Grand Rapids & Aquinas Employee Picnic

The Dominican Sisters ~ Grand Rapids welcomed Aquinas employees to Marywood for a picnic supper at the end of their first week of the new academic year. We are grateful for these wonderful colleagues and their commitment to the four Dominican pillars upon which we founded the college: Prayer. Study. Community. Service. Our educational legacy Read More

Aquinas College Announces New Board of Trustees Members

Aquinas College has announced that Rick Heuvelman, James Rabaut and Sr. Barbara Reid, O.P. have each been appointed to a three-year term on Aquinas’ Board of Trustees.   The Aquinas College Board of Trustees is a dynamic group of active and dedicated community leaders whose expertise ranges from education and religion to law and business. Barbara E. Reid, Read More

Aquinas Students… We Are So Blessed by Their Service

Aquinas College freshman arrived for orientation in Grand Rapids this week. On Friday, Aug. 19, new students ventured off campus for their first day of service this school year. They participated in Project Unite: Love Where You Live,. an annual service day that is rooted in the Dominican charisms of service and community. During Project Unite new students, Read More

Dominican Sisters ~ Grand Rapids Announce Essay Contest

(Grand Rapids, MI) – The Dominican Sisters ~ Grand Rapids are sponsoring a national essay contest open to high school, college, and lifelong learners in celebration of the 800 Year Legacy of the Dominican Order of Preachers. Participants are encouraged to explore the vision of St. Dominic de Guzman, founder of the Dominican Order of Preachers, Read More

Aquinas College “We All Live Here” Day of Service on Marywood Campus

The Dominican Sisters ~ Grand Rapids campus had a helping hand from our Aquinas College friends in celebrating ‪#‎EarthDay‬. As part of their‪#‎wealllivehere‬ day of service, students, staff and faculty gathered on the Marywood campus to help care for our common home. A big thank you to Aquinas College in helping us to celebrate Earth Read More

My grandma almost became a nun

When we began the Sister Story project at the beginning of the year, we were asked if any of us had any connection to religious life, whether it was a family member or friend who was a priest or nun. A couple of the other participants had aunts or uncles who joined the religious life.  Read More

Friendship during hardship

What a semester it has been! This past semester has been one of the most difficult and emotionally challenging ones for me so far. Actually, it has definitely been the most difficult for me personally, of all time. Ever. They say bad things come in 3’s, and I am living proof that this is true. Read More

True intentions

When I saw the announcement for an independent study oral history project last year, I can’t say I had the truest intentions at heart. I did, and still do, have an interest in pursuing public history as a career, and I thought being involved in an oral history project would be a great way to Read More

SisterStory: Scatter Joy Like Confetti

“Joy is a net of love by which you can catch souls.” –Mother Teresa I know I already mentioned this, but I’m truly in awe of Sister Joan’s joy. Every single time I’ve seen her, through the duration of this project, I’m greeted with the biggest smile and warmest hug. Simply put, she radiates joy. Read More

SisterStory: Bonding Over Nancy Drew

Through Sister Alice’s life, education has been a constant presence. I love seeing the passion for knowledge within her because it’s a passion that we share. During my many talks with Sister Alice, education was brought up again and again. I heard wonderful stories hearkening back to older times of Bookmobiles coming into her small Read More

SisterStory: Ireland’s Queen Alice

One of the aspects of Sister Alice’s story that fascinates me most is the amount of traveling she has done. As someone who has yet to leave the country and has traveled very little within it, I was enthralled by the stories of her travels. Sometimes the beauty just sounds unreal. She has been to Read More

SisterStory: Learning to Love

God’s love is a sensation I cannot say I have experienced. I have never been a religious person, nor do I ever see myself becoming one. Though my parents were both raised under Catholicism, my brother and I were not brought up with it. I would sporadically attend church with my grandparents, but it was Read More

SisterStory: Finding A Substitute Grandma

“I’m so excited to do my pre-interview conversation with Sister Joan tomorrow! After hearing the family stories about our own women religious and priest, it will be interesting to see where our talk leads us.” So ran my initial thoughts on this project at the beginning of October. Being a cradle Catholic, I don’t think Read More

SisterStory: Living in Community

“Look well into your heart and see if you have resolution enough to die to yourself and to live only to God.” –St. Francis De Sales In my first blog post, I mentioned having lived in a religious discernment house. At the time, I was attending Michigan State University, and the Lansing diocese owns a Read More

SisterStory: Sister Joan & The Mellow Ds

I have always been a big music appreciator, so when I learned that the Catholic sister I’m going to be working with is a musician, I was full of excitement and questions! I soon found out that Sister Joan was part of a traveling music group called “The Mellow-Ds” (D is for Dominican). This was Read More

SisterStory: Closing the Generational Gap

When I was first learning about oral history and the SisterStory project, I was a little nervous to meet someone new and start asking them questions about her life. I was afraid that it would be awkward, but after my first meeting with Sister Joan, which took place some five weeks before we would eventually Read More