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Dominican Sisters Grand Rapids Stand Against Hatred and Violence in Charlottesville and Everywhere

We Stand & Preach Against Racism, Hate, and Violence A Statement of the DOMINICAN SISTERS ~ GRAND RAPIDS The Dominican Sisters of Grand Rapids condemn racism. Hate and discrimination diminish us all. We grieve with the citizens of Charlottesville and with all of us who are also harmed by racist words and actions anywhere. We Read More

Celebrating A Silver Jubilee & Dominican Associate Jubilarians

Preach in All Ways Dominican Associate Life Mission: Touched by the Holy One, we journey in solidarity with the Dominican Sisters of Grand Rapids and with one another. Connecting and collaborating in Christian mission and spirituality. We embrace the Dominican charism, ministering in joyful faith and compassionate love.  This year, we celebrate the commitment and service Read More

A Jubilarian Shares Her Story – Sr. Lupe Silva, OP

Jubilarian 2017 – 70 Years a Sister “Gracias a Dios” continues to be the mantra of my life.” I was born on November 19, 1928 to Brunita and Lucio Silva, the youngest of 15 children. I was first welcomed and enfolded into the Silva family, the Merrill village neighborhood, and Sacred Heart parish. At home Read More

Services for Sr. Phyllis Mrozinski, OP at Dominican Chapel/Marywood

Remembering Service    Wednesday, July 26    7:00 pm Dominican Chapel/Marywood Funeral Mass    Thursday, July 27    4:00 pm Dominican Chapel/Marywood “For we are his handiwork, created in Christ Jesus for the good works that God has prepared in advance, that we should live in them.” (Eph. 2:10) This favorite scripture passage of Sister Read More

Services for Sr. Susan Keller, OP at Dominican Chapel/Marywood

Remembering Service    Wednesday, July 19    7:00 pm Dominican Chapel/Marywood Funeral Mass    Thursday, July 20    11:30 am Dominican Chapel/Marywood “Yes Lord, here I am. Yes to life’s unfolding mystery; Yes Lord, to daily dyings and risings, here I am.” This was Susan’s favorite quote and guiding inspiration her entire life. Read more Read More

Grand Rapids Dominican Sisters Cared For Many Children at St. John’s Home

In the late 1800’s, a large number of children were left homeless on the streets after epidemics swept through West Michigan. Catholic church leaders and citizens came together to build St. John’s Orphanage in Grand Rapids. Dominican Sisters from Traverse City were called Grand Rapids to help care for children at the new shelter. St. John’s Home Read More

Peace activists laud nuclear weapons ban

Catholic sisters and other peace activists who have worked decades to end the nuclear threat lauded an agreement reached July 7 by 122 countries at the United Nations that outlaw nuclear weapons. For longtime activists like Srs. Carol Gilbert and Ardeth Platte, Dominican Sisters of Grand Rapids, Michigan, the agreement — which nuclear states like Read More

Services for Sr. Juliana Barilla, OP at Dominican Chapel/Marywood

Remembering Service    Tuesday, July 11    7:00 pm Dominican Chapel/Marywood Funeral Mass    Wednesday, July 12    11:00 am Dominican Chapel/Marywood “As far as I can think back I had always wanted to be a Sister. My favorite game was playing missionary with all the dolls we could gather. Many a gypsum doll . 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

The Call of Liturgy: Another Dimension of Dominican Life

When Sister Chris Wood, OP first arrived at Marywood, she had been a Sister since 1969, but not a Dominican Sister. After much discernment, Sister Chris transitioned to become a member of the Dominican Sisters of Grand Rapids. That was in 2002. A rich life is full of transitions. Following her gifts, including a very astute Read More

Mission & Ministry Spring 2017

God Calls, We Serve Home is Where the Mission Is: A Sense of Place Emboldens Mission & Ministry Our Spring 2017 issue of Mission & Ministry is now available: Read the magazine online below Download a PDF of the magazine   If you would like to be added to our mailing list, please contact Sr. Regina Mary Read More

Pastoral Care Team at Marywood Health Center Honored

The Dominican Sisters ~ Grand Rapids Pastoral Care Team delivers the gift of mercy to those who are healing, and to their families. In recognition of their extraordinary care for seniors, the Pastoral Care Team received the award for Group Volunteer of the Year from LeadingAge Michigan at the Member Awards Gala on Tuesday, May Read More

Services for Sr. Aurora Valerio, OP at Dominican Chapel/Marywood

Remembering Service    Thursday, May 25    6:30 pm Dominican Chapel/Marywood Funeral Mass    Friday, May 26    11:00 am Dominican Chapel/Marywood My soul is filled with wonder at the gift of your ever-abiding love. My spirit rejoices in you, my God, Who deigned to dwell among us and in us. Sister Aurora wrote this 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

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

Services for Sr. Dolores Abeyta, OP at Dominican Chapel/Marywood

Funeral Mass    Saturday, March 18    10:00 am Our Lady of Fatima Church: Albuquerque, NM Remembering Service    Tuesday, March 28    7:00 pm Dominican Chapel/Marywood: Grand Rapids, MI Memorial Mass    Wednesday, March 29    4:00 pm Dominican Chapel/Marywood: Grand Rapids, MI At the time of her Golden Jubilee, Sister Dolores reflected on Read More

Services for Sr. Catherine Ann Winowiecki, OP at Dominican Chapel/Marywood

Friday, March 10  Remembering Service  7:00 pm Saturday, March 11  Funeral Mass  11:00 am In 1976 she began fifteen years as a baker at Marywood, a favorite task in the ministry of food service. Her warm, delicious breads, iced breakfast rolls, cookies and other baked goods delighted postulants, novices and professed sisters alike. She rose Read More

Services for Sr. Vita Licari, OP at Dominican Chapel/Marywood

Thursday, March 9  Remembering Service  4:15 pm Friday, March 10  Funeral Mass  11:00 am “It was not you who chose me, it was I who chose you.” (John 15:16 At the time of her Golden Jubilee in 1998, Sister Vita Licari wrote: “For fifty years, as mystifying as those words have been to me—that God 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

Services for Sr. Margaret Schneider, OP at Dominican Chapel/Marywood

Monday, February 27  Remembering Service  7:00 pm Tuesday, February 28  Funeral Mass  4:00 pm Blessed are those who dwell in your house ever singing your praise. Blessed are they who find strength in you, whose hearts are set on the pilgrim’s path. Ps. 84 Singing, walking the pilgrim’s path, finding strength in faith, family and 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