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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

Day of Service Event During National Catholic Sisters Week

Dominican Sisters ~ Grand Rapids employees and Sunday Assembly will join hearts and hands with Sisters for a Day of Service during National Catholic Sisters Week 2017. We will gather for lunch beginning at 11:30 am and set out for sites on and off campus, and serve until 4:00 pm. The organizations we will serve this Read More

Search for Truth: During an Era of Fake News

“The seeking and preaching truth is not over, it’s not ended. It is a gift that is so very much needed as we start on the next 800 years.” — Sr. Barbara Reid, OP, Grand Rapids Dominican Sisters On Jan. 17, 2017 Sister Barbara Reid, OP received the 2017 Yves Congar Award for Theological Excellence Read More

Tender Mercies Promote Justice, Empower Powerless

From Dominican Solidarity Grows Tender Mercies As the ministries of the Dominican Sisters of Grand Rapids diversify and flourish and as their horizons broaden far beyond the familiar, much changes—or so it seems. One thing, however, remains the same—that is the undying conviction among the Sisters of who they are and what they are about. Read More

Celebrating the Close of the 800th Anniversary of Dominican Order

“It’s rather strange isn’t it — that the man who founded the Order of Preachers should be such a quiet figure! And yet by the fruits of his labor, we know him.” — Heather Barrett, Lay Dominican Sunday, January 22, 2017 marks the closure of the celebration of 800 years of Dominican Life on Earth, Read More

Invitation to 100 Days of Prayer

  We invite you to join the Dominican Sisters ~ Grand Rapids, the Sisters of St. Joseph, and citizens of our nation in communal prayer during the first 100 days of transition to a new President and Administration. We pray for unity, reconciliation, and priority for the common good of the people of our nation, the Read More

Pray to Our God of Love and Hope

  God of Love and Hope, you walk with all people at this time of transition in our nation. We yearn for reconciliation and unity with each other.  We pray that the Social Teachings of our Church be foremost in the minds and hearts of all Government public servants: Life and Dignity of the Human Person Read More

Services for Sr. Audrey Kubian, OP at Dominican Chapel/Marywood

Wednesday, December 14  Remembering Service  4:00 pm Thursday, December 15  Funeral Mass  4:00 pm “What return shall I make to God for all the good that has been given to me?” Ps 116:12 Mary Kubian, the daughter of John and Katherine Schiba Kubian, grew up in Lampman, Saskatchewan, Canada. She was born July 3, 1917, 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

Dominican Sisters~Grand Rapids’ Efforts Against Human Trafficking

January is National Human Trafficking Awareness Month. The Dominican Sisters of Grand Rapids are members of the U.S. Catholic Sisters Against Trafficking and serve on its Education Committee. We are also involved with several state and local initiatives to combat human trafficking. Our standing committee is currently working on activities for January.   Sex trafficking is Read More

Donation to Santa Claus Girls from the Dominican Sisters of Grand Rapids

Author:  Sister Josephine Birchmeier The Santa Claus Girls have been active in Kent County for over 100 years. Last year they delivered gifts to 14,613 children from 6,133 families. Four years ago, Sister Marge Stein suggested to a few Sisters that this looked like a good project – making hats and warm scarves for the Read More