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Gathering of Sisters and Priests at Marywood

The Dominican Sisters of Grand Rapids hosted its annual gathering of priests and sisters from the Diocese of Grand Rapids at Marywood on Tuesday, June 27, 2017. Nearly 100 women and men religious gathered in Dominican Chapel/Marywood for a program with Bishop David J. Walkowiak, followed by Evening Prayer and supper at Dominican Center. Guests 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. 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

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

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, 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