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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


Faithful Citizenship Voter Guide 2016

Catholics Care. Catholics Vote. “We need to participate for the common good. Sometimes we hear: a good Catholic is not interested in politics. This is not true: good Catholics immerse themselves in politics by offering the best of themselves so that the leader can govern,” said Pope Francis on Sept. 16, 2013. As another election draws the Read More


Pope Francis Addresses Congress and the United Nations

Pope Francis will address the U.S. Congress on Sept. 24 and the United Nations General Assembly on Sept. 25 during his visit to the United States. We are pleased to invite visitors to live-streaming of both events at Dominican Center at Marywood.  Sept. 24 9:20 am EST – Pope Francis’ Address to United States Congress Sept. Read More


Blue Candle Prayer Walk Against Human Trafficking

Saturday, September 26, 2015 • 7:00 pm According to the U.S. Department of Justice, an estimated 293,000 children in the U.S. are at risk of becoming victims of human trafficking. Help to raise awareness about human trafficking and bring the community together in expressing solidarity with victims. The 1.5 mile walk will begin in the parking Read More


Young Woman Responds to Call to Consecrated Life

Tracy Kemme professed first vows with the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati earlier this month. There are a number of “Orders” of women religious (women who have taken consecrated vows). Each Order is home to “communities” of Sisters.  The Dominican Sisters ~ Grand Rapids is an Order of consecrated women (Sisters) based in Grand Rapids, Michigan. We Read More


Our Care of Earth Commitment and the Papal encyclical on the environment

This week, the Dominican Sisters ~ Grand Rapids reflect on and affirm our Congregation’s 1992 Care of Earth Direction Statement: We commit ourselves to foster the contemplative stance that all the earth is sacred and interconnected; respect and accountability for the earth are necessary to the survival of life. We affirm that actions which impact Read More


Bishop Walkowiak statement on “Laudato Si: On the Care of Our Common Home”

“I am grateful to the Holy Father for challenging us to act faithfully as good stewards of God’s creation. The encyclical Laudato Si addresses the interrelatedess of our economy, our environment and our moral call to care for each other. It focuses on the value proper to each creature and the human meaning of ecology while seeking a forthright and honest debate. I look forward Read More


Papal Encyclical on the Environment Title Alludes to St. Francis Poem

Praise be You my Lord, with all your creatures especially Brother Sun, who is the day and through whom you give us light. — The Canticle – St. Francis of Assisi This week, as the Dominican Sisters ~ Grand Rapids await Pope Francis’s encyclical on the environment, we affirm and reflect on our 1992 Care Read More


Eco-Responsibility In Action on the Marywood Campus

by Terrence O’Neil, Head of Grounds  We are embarking on a new journey this year to attempt to eliminate the use of any and all synthetic chemical herbicides, pesticides, and fungicides on our lawns and gardens. Healthy lawns and healthy plants are a result of having healthy soil. Over the next few years we will amend the Read More