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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

“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

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

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

Her Story: Sister Inspiration – Sr. Mary Brigid Clingman

To speak truth to power is our responsibility and our privilege. The worldwide Dominican Family has a presence in 101 countries, where we live and share the day‐to‐day reality with the citizens of those countries. This presence affords us a unique perspective and voice. Our solidarity with our global neighbors emboldens us to speak on Read More

Dominican Order of Preachers Justice Promoters Gather

The North American Dominican Justice, Peace and Care of Creation promoters (NADJPCC) gathered at Techny Towers near Chicago March 25–27, 2017. Sr. Brigid Clingman  This bi-annual gathering is an opportunity for promoter input and discussion on the signs of the times and the subsequent updating of the U.S. Dominican Call to Justice as well as 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

Humility: A Tool for Managing Anger When We Disagree

The political non-discourse playing out around us, often on our Facebook walls, are windows into the human soul. Do you want to do better at listening to “sides” and understanding perspectives? There are some helpful ideas and exercises in this article from #GlobalSistersReport that might help you avoid arguments and kerfuffles with others in these 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

Sunday Jan 29 Prayer Service for Victims of Human Trafficking

Praying for Light in Darkness – A service for those who have been harmed, for those in harm’s way, and for those who work to end human trafficking. This Sunday, Jan 29, 3:00-4:00 pm, please join friends from the West Michigan community at Dominican Chapel/Marywood for a special prayer service for the victims of human 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

Preaching Justice Martin Luther King Jr’s Words to Live By

Preaching justice, the Dominican Sisters ~ Grand Rapids invite you to take time on this day to reflect on a man who moved mountains and gave his life to raise awareness about injustice. His message carries power today and always. This word cloud features the words that appeared most often in Martin Luther King Jr. speeches 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

Artist’s Reception Sunday, Dec. 11, 1-4 pm at Dominican Center Art Gallery

Dominican Center Art Gallery Exhibit and Reception Exhibit: Ayotzi, Inspiration and Revolution Reception:  Sunday, Dec.11, 1:00 – 4:00 pm Artist:  Reyna Garcia   Joanne Bailey-Boorsma interviewed Artist Reyna Garcia, Director of Dominican Center Margarita Solis-Deal, and Curator of the Art Gallery at Marywood Sister Francetta McCann this week on WKTV.  View the interview here. Reyna’s art Read More

Call for More Women Participation in International Peace Process

The Dominicans Sisters of Grand Rapids are pleased to share this update from the Dominican Leadership Conference regarding women participating in the peace process of the United Nations. The conference is committed to “building relationships and collaborating in the mission of preaching the Gospel.” Women in Peace Negotiation Update from Dominican Leadership Conference  by Katherine 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 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

Anti-Racism Events with Dr. Marcia Chatelain

The public is invited to  join us for this important conversation, co-hosted by the Dominican Sisters ~ Grand Rapids, on Thursday, Nov. 3 at Aquinas College.   Featuring: Dr. Marcia Chatelain, Associate Professor of History & African American Studies at Georgetown University.   Dr. Chatelain is also the author of the book South Side Girls (Duke UP, 2015). Read More

Dominican Sisters Conference Public Statement on Dakota Access Pipeline

The Dominican Sisters ~ Grand Rapids are members of the Dominican Sisters Conference (DSC) which numbers 6,000 women religious. The rich diversity of the membership enables us to broaden our individual perspectives and bring our experiences to bear on the needs of our world. We engage in rigorous study leading to collaborative action. We are a Read More