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“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

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

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

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

Dominican Sisters Oppose Dakota Access Pipeline

The Dominican Sisters Conference supports the Standing Rock Sioux in opposing the underground pipeline through North Dakota that would transport 470,000 barrels of crude oil a day through the state to South Dakota, Iowa, and Illinois. People who live in the region are concerned about water supply contamination, oil spills, and ecological destruction of sacred land. 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

Earth Day Tour Fun

Sr. Mary Brigid Clingman and members of the Care of Earth Committee researched and planned this Marywood grounds and tree tour in celebration of Earth Day, Friday April 22. Sisters toured with Sr. Alice Wittenbach, Sr. Katrina Hartman, and Sr. Mary Navarre as they learned many wonderful details that gave the Marywood campus its name.

Stewardship on the Marywood Campus

Stewardship is the careful and responsible management of something entrusted to one’s care. On this Earth Day, the Dominican Sisters ~ Grand Rapids wanted to convey their appreciation for every employee and the many ways this team supports the Congregation. Employees were invited to enjoy and explore the Marywood Campus and maybe even learn something Read More

Prescribed Ecological Burn on Prairie Habitat at Marywood

The Prairie Habitat is a Dominican Sisters eco-justice initiative. With the able assistance from the broader community, our Congregation makes visible our commitment “that all Earth is sacred and interconnected.” Today, Grounds Maintenance Manager Terrence O’Neil and his team successfully coordinated a “prescribed burn” on our prairie. “Why burn?” Historically, many of the eco-systems found in Read More

St. Stephen Students Plant 1,000 Bulbs at Marywood

On Friday, October 30, 2015 more than 25 6th and 7th grade students and a few teachers from St. Stephen Catholic School arrived at Marywood with trowels, shovels, and work gloves – ready to dig in the dirt.  They joined Sisters, Marywood Groundskeepers, and some special friends of our Congregation. The inspiration to plant more than Read More

Care of Earth T-Shirts: New at DCM Bookstore

New at Dominican Center Bookstore: Care of Earth T-shirts Order your shirt in time for the Sept. 19 Peoples’ Climate March. Wear it there. Wear it everywhere.  Interested in learning more about Pope Francis’ appeal to the world to take greater care of the world around us? You can purchase Laudato Si’ in the Bookstore.   Read More

Aquinas College Project Unite Draws Students to Marywood

Recently, Srs. Lucille Janowiak, OP and Doris Faber, OP put on their gardening duds and led visiting Aquinas students in an afternoon caring for the Prairie at Marywood. The students were here as part of Aquinas College’s 22nd annual Project Unite: Love Where You Live. This project is based on the Dominican charisms of service and Read More

Dominican Sisters & Associates Presenting at Diocese of Grand Rapids Catechetical Conference

Several Dominican Sisters and Associates have developed and will be presenting workshops to area catechists on Sept. 19, sharing their gifts with the greater community.    The programs listed below are just some in the wonderful line-up of workshops and seminars at the 2015 Diocese of Grand Rapids Parish Ministry & Catechetical Conference at West Catholic High School in Grand Read More

Laudato Si’ — Our Catechetical Perspective

The Grand Rapids Dominican Sisters’ Care of Earth Committee has been hard at work developing a workshop on Pope Francis’ Encyclical, Laudato Si’, On the Care of our Common Home. The September 19 program was prepared for the 2015 Diocese of Grand Rapids’ Parish Ministry and Catechetical Conference. Catechists seeking materials and lessons for all grade levels can Read More

A Conversation with Bruce Friedrich: Care for God’s Creation

On Saturday evening, Sept. 19 from 6:00 – 8:00 pm, Dominican Center at Marywood welcomes thought leader Bruce Friedrich… to a conversation about his belief that that concern for humans, the environment, and animals are interrelated. He will reflect on how these concerns animate the way he lives out his faith. Bruce will share how his Read More

West Michigan Peoples’ Climate March Sept 19 in Grand Rapids

Saturday, Sept. 19 is a Busy Day for the Dominican Sisters and Friends…Take Note, Be Present,  Help Spread the Word In Laudato Si’ On Care for Our Common Home, Pope Francis calls all of humanity to see through the eyes of faith in order to act and respond to the many challenges facing our common home.    Please Read More

Our Care of Earth Commitment and the Papal encyclical on the environment

This week, the Dominican Sisters ~ Grand Rapids reflect on and affirm our Congregation’s 1992 Care of Earth Direction Statement: We commit ourselves to foster the contemplative stance that all the earth is sacred and interconnected; respect and accountability for the earth are necessary to the survival of life. We affirm that actions which impact Read More

Bishop Walkowiak statement on “Laudato Si: On the Care of Our Common Home”

“I am grateful to the Holy Father for challenging us to act faithfully as good stewards of God’s creation. The encyclical Laudato Si addresses the interrelatedess of our economy, our environment and our moral call to care for each other. It focuses on the value proper to each creature and the human meaning of ecology while seeking a forthright and honest debate. I look forward Read More

Papal Encyclical on the Environment Title Alludes to St. Francis Poem

Praise be You my Lord, with all your creatures especially Brother Sun, who is the day and through whom you give us light. — The Canticle – St. Francis of Assisi This week, as the Dominican Sisters ~ Grand Rapids await Pope Francis’s encyclical on the environment, we affirm and reflect on our 1992 Care Read More