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A Jubilarian Shares Her Story – Sr. Barbara Hansen, OP

In our Dominican tradition, we celebrate Jubilee years of Sisters. We are blessed to recognize Jubilarians for their vowed lives and service for 80, 75, 70, 60, 50, and 25 years. We honor each woman and the unique contributions she has made to the world and to our Congregation mission. Each Jubilarian tells her own story Read More




A Jubilarian Shares Her Story – Sr. Marie Benedict O’Toole, OP

In our Dominican tradition, we celebrate Jubilee years of Sisters. We are blessed to recognize Jubilarians for their vowed lives and service for 80, 75, 70, 60, 50, and 25 years. We honor each woman and the unique contributions she has made to the world and to our Congregation mission. Each Jubilarian tells her own story 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. Katrina Hartman, OP at Dominican Chapel/Marywood

Remembering Service    Sunday, July 30    7:00 pm Dominican Chapel/Marywood Funeral Mass    Monday, July 31    11:00 am Dominican Chapel/Marywood Stirred by a desire to serve God and others, she entered the Congregation in 1957. At the time of her reception, she received the name Sister Katrina of the Good Shepherd, which she 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




A Jubilarian Shares Her Story – Sr. Mary Catherine Fodrocy, OP

In our Dominican tradition, we celebrate Jubilee years of Sisters. We are blessed to recognize Jubilarians for their vowed lives and service for 80, 75, 70, 60, 50, and 25 years. We honor each woman and the unique contributions she has made to the world and to our Congregation mission. Each Jubilarian tells her own story 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




A Jubilarian Shares Her Story – Sr. Theresa Bray, OP

In our Dominican tradition, we celebrate Jubilee years of Sisters. We are blessed to recognize Jubilarians for their vowed lives and service for 80, 75, 70, 60, 50, and 25 years. We honor each woman and the unique contributions she has made to the world and to our Congregation mission. Each Jubilarian tells her own story 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




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




A Jubilarian Shares Her Story – Sr. Monica Meyer, OP

  I was born in Albee Township into a “Yours, Mine, and Ours” family on September 22, 1928. I was the 17th child in a family of 18 where I learned love, sharing, forgiveness, generosity and hard work! My parents, immigrants from Germany and Czechoslovakia, were farmers and so I grew up living on an Read More




Her Story: Sister Inspiration – Sister Sue Tracy with Friend Sue Schroder

“Coping with hope is an acquired skill — especially when it comes to cancer,” says journalist Sue Schroder. That indomitable cope with hope spirit is the legacy of Dominican Sister Sue Tracy, OP, who shared a friendship and camaraderie with Sue Schroder, who was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma in 2009 and is now in remission. “Sister Read More




Sue Schroder Launches “Cope with Hope” Blog– Honors Sr Sue Tracy, OP

Sue Schroder Remembers Sr. Sue Tracy,OP with Friends from Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids Sister Sue Tracy had a gift for reinflating my newly-diagnosed-with-cancer numb newbie-self, and miracle of miracles, making me laugh.   Turns out I was among hundreds, maybe thousands, who learned from Sister Sue how to live with cancer — joyously and fully through Read More




A Jubilarian Shares Her Story – Sr. Margaret Thomas, OP

  How do you put 70 years of “lived reality” as a Dominican Sister into words? How does this small town/farm kid from Michigan tell of her dreams of living in the mountains in an ivy-covered castle? (The mountains came later and my ivy-covered castle dream was Marywood, circa 1946.) During these many years, I 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




Her Story: Sister Inspiration – M. Blanche Steves, OP

  Sr. Blanche Steves served as an educator and principal at her alma mater Catholic Central and Marywood Academy during her lifetime. Her forte was English with a specialty in Shakespeare. Yet, this granddaughter of an architect certainly inherited his passion and talent for architecture and shared this gift with the Congregation of Dominican Sisters.  Sister Blanche Read More




Her Story: Sister Inspiration – Sr. Francetta McCann

Sister Francetta McCann has eyes that see through chaos to beauty. It’s why her ministry among women who are fighting to leave behind addiction is so powerful. As outreach coordinator for First Step House, a program of United Methodist Community House in downtown Grand Rapids, she witnesses to women who seek wholeness of body and 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. Jean Marie Birkman

Her parents drove her to Marywood in 1948. She was 18 years old. She recalls her Dad getting lost at various points on their quest to find “the convent.” “At one point, we drove up to the very humble back door of the property and I thought, uh-oh, this isn’t what I imagined,” says Jean Marie Birkman, OP. Eventually Read More




Her Story: Sister Inspiration – Sr. Mary Martens

With last weekend’s send off of the largest class ever of Aquinas College graduates, we pray that God will lead each to serve with love and justice. Today, we think about another graduate and her commitment to God, teaching, service, and justice-making. Sister Mary Martens, OP (also known as Sister Mary Alphonsus) graduated with valedictorian Read More