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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 we did 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 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


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 nationalcatholicsistersweek.org, 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


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


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


Dominican Sisters of Grand Rapids Collaborates with Partners for a Racism-Free Community

In 2014, the Dominican Sisters of Grand Rapids began a dialogue with Partners for a Racism-Free Community. As Dominicans, we believe that listening and learning, collaborating with others, is where transformation begins. PRFC offers tools for organizations interested in intentional self-examination and creating racially equitable work environments. Today, we are participating in the ICARE Assessment, a 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


THE MOTH Podcast with Sr. Mary Navarre:

Listen to the storytelling of Grand Rapids Dominican Sister Mary Navarre, OP, on this THE MOTH podcast. Here is a little background on this special story. THE MOTH shares podcasts of stories told at past live events. Earlier this year in September in Grand Rapids, and in March in Traverse City Sister Mary Navarre was onstage for LIVE Read More


Integrating Wisdom, Contemplation and Social Justice: Conversation with Fr. Don Goergen,OP

Fr. Don Goergen,OP is the final speaker in our 800th Dominican Jubilee Speaker Series at Dominican Center at Marywood. Join us for conversation and Fair Trade Coffee on Friday, June 10, 2016 from 8:30 – 10:00 pm. Influenced by the lives, work, and examples of Teilhard de Chardin, Thomas Aquinas, and Meister Eckhart, Fr. Don will provide 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


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


Live Nativity at Marywood, Hosted by Instruments of Hope

Gather with friends and family as we remember the deeper meaning of this holiday season. Instruments of Hope invites you to the Living Nativity on Sunday, December 13, 2015 at 2:00 pm at Marywood.  Please join this celebration of love as we gather in the woods of the Saint Francis of Assisi Sculpture Garden at Marywood. We will Read More


National Vigil to End Gun Violence Dec. 13 at Marywood

Our hearts broke as news of the violent attack on innocents in San Bernardino, California reached the world yesterday. The Dominican Sisters Grand Rapids are committed to working for peace and security for all life. On Dec. 13, at 3:30 pm, please join us as at Dominican Chapel at Marywood as we join others for Read More


Celtic Pilgrimage to England & Scotland

Are you ready to experience Scotland’s Isle of Iona and England in a way that is not your typical tour? We invite you to join us on this specially designed adventure. Throughout our travels our attention will be given to both English mysticism and Celtic spirituality as a way to weave together the past, present Read More


Sr Sue Tracy’s Cancer Journey and “Sweet 16 Grand Finale” ceremon

Sister Sue Tracy celebrates ‘Sweet 16’ final cancer treatment with pomp and circumstance Sister Sue Tracy, a a former oncology chaplain for Spectrum Health, celebrated her 16th and final chemotherapy treatment with a “Sweet 16” graduation procession on Monday, Oct. 26, 2015. (Courtesy photo/Sue Schroder) read the full story http://www.mlive.com/news/grand-rapids/index.ssf/2015/10/sister_sue_tracy_celebrates_sw.html  


Sr. Maureen Geary and 97-yr-old Catholic Central High Grad

Tearful 97-year-old gets high school diploma WALKER, MI – After nearly eight decades, 97-year-old Margaret Thome Bekema was presented an honorary diploma from Catholic Central High Thursday, Oct. 29.  97-year-old Margaret Thome Bekema, right, smiles at her cousin’s daughter, Sister Maureen Geary, after receiving her honorary diploma from Catholic Central High School at Stonebridge Manor Read More


Concert to Benefit Homeless in Grand Rapids Sept. 29

Dominican Associate Jarek Kozal’s Concert Fundraiser Sept. 29   Like most Dominican Associates, Jarek Kozal has a history of sharing his faithful spirit and good works with others. As we walked along the Grand River during the West Michigan Peoples’ Climate March this past Saturday, he told me about his passion to ease the suffering Read More


A Very Special Event with The Moth

  On Wednesday, September 16 Sister Mary Navarre, Sister Laurena Alflen, and Sister Joan Williams took the stage to share their stories of transformation and faith in the Moth style. (Visit the Photo Gallery) This special event with the Moth has given the Dominican Sisters a rare and wonderful opportunity to share a piece of Read More


Celebrate Year of Consecrated Life and Vowed Women and Men

Visit the photo gallery from this event.  The Dominican Sisters ~ Grand Rapids are looking forward to gathering with all the faithful of the Diocese of Grand Rapids as we join Bishop David Walkowiak and Women and Men Religious from throughout the diocese for Our diocesan celebration for the Year of Consecrated Life. All are welcome for Evening Prayer on Sunday, September 13 and Read More