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Dominican Center at Marywood – Summer 2017 Programs Now Online

If you haven’t received your Dominican Center catalog of summer programs, jump online now at to have a look at our upcoming contemplative learning programs, retreats, and offerings from our Center for Spirituality. Register and view programs online. Want a copy of our mailer? Call our Front Desk at 616-514-3325. View a PDF of 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

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

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

Dominican Center at Marywood: A Ministry for All People

Through the ministry of Dominican Center, the Dominican Sisters ~ Grand Rapids strive to make a difference in the world by welcoming others to witness the power of Spirit through experiential prayer, shared study, service, and community building.  Programming at Dominican Center takes all forms: workshops, art exhibits, liturgical music, community conversations, and more. We 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

Dominican Center at Marywood Winter/Spring 2017 Programs Online Now

Our world longs for peace, our communities cry out for unity and justice. Our sisters and brothers hunger for a spiritual awakening. Our Congregation, the Dominican Sisters of Grand Rapids yearn to make a difference. We welcome people of all faiths to join us at Dominican Center at Marywood, a place of spiritual renewal. View Winter Read More

Dominican Center Sept 2016-Jan 2017 Programs Are Open

“We hope you are inspired by our new Dominican Center at Marywood programs. Our presenters are dedicated to sharing their faith, spirituality, compassion, and stance on social justice with others seeking to deepen their spiritual lives and relationships.” — Margarita Solis-Deal, Director Explore and register for upcoming programs at Dominican Center at Marywood Or, Read More

Integrating Wisdom, Contemplation and Social Justice: Conversation with Fr. Don Goergen,OP

Fr. Don Goergen,OP is the final speaker in our 800th Dominican Jubilee Speaker Series at Dominican Center at Marywood. Join us for conversation and Fair Trade Coffee on Friday, June 10, 2016 from 8:30 – 10:00 pm. Influenced by the lives, work, and examples of Teilhard de Chardin, Thomas Aquinas, and Meister Eckhart, Fr. Don will provide Read More

Dominican Center: A Place to Explore Issues Through a Faith Lens

The Dominican Sisters ~ Grand Rapids, members of the Order of Preachers, center their lives on the Word of God and their call to Praise, to Bless and to Preach. The study of Scripture and the works of spiritual writers is integral to our life. This approach to life is something we are very committed Read More

Young Adult Retreat with the Dominican Sisters ~ Grand Rapids

February 6, 2016 • 9:00 am – 5:00 pm Dominican Center at Marywood Young Adult Retreat – Gift of the Rosary St. Dominic used the Rosary to touch the lives of the lost and preach the Word of hope. Come and share the history of this beautiful prayer and learn its power of meditation with the lives of Mary Read More

Watching & Listening for God: Spiritual Direction at Dominican Center

Learn to Create Spiritual Space for Your Relationship with God Group Spiritual Direction at Dominican Center at Marywood is a a rich process in which a small groups journey together seeking an honest relationship with God. Many of the groups are interfaith. “Spiritual Direction is quiet, a respectful listening for the movement of God,” describes Read More

Dominican Center at Marywood ~ January & February 2016 Programs

The Dominican Sisters ~ Grand Rapids established Dominican Center at Marywood as a spirituality and conference center to provide a place where people from all faiths and walks of life can learn with others who walked before them – as well as those on the journey today. We invite you here to open heart and Read More

Celtic Pilgrimage to England & Scotland

Are you ready to experience Scotland’s Isle of Iona and England in a way that is not your typical tour? We invite you to join us on this specially designed adventure. Throughout our travels our attention will be given to both English mysticism and Celtic spirituality as a way to weave together the past, present Read More

Explore Francis’ teachings during The Joy of the Gospel Retreat

Pope Francis’ visit to the United States has been a momentous and exciting occasion. No Pope has set foot in America since 1987. People of all faiths are acknowledging the importance of this visit and his message of peace and hope. Explore the Pope’s message and challenge to be “missionary disciples”. Walking together we will Read More

Young Adult Retreat- The Joy of the Gospel: Walking Together as Disciples

October 10, 2015 • 9:00 am – 5:00 pm Dominican Center at Marywood Young Adult Retreat – The Joy of the Gospel: Walking Together as Disciples Explore the life of Pope Francis and his call to all Christians to Wake Up the World by living the Joy of the Gospel. Explore the Pope’s message and challenge to Read More

Laudato Si’ — Our Catechetical Perspective

The Grand Rapids Dominican Sisters’ Care of Earth Committee has been hard at work developing a workshop on Pope Francis’ Encyclical, Laudato Si’, On the Care of our Common Home. The September 19 program was prepared for the 2015 Diocese of Grand Rapids’ Parish Ministry and Catechetical Conference. Catechists seeking materials and lessons for all grade levels can Read More

A Conversation with Bruce Friedrich: Care for God’s Creation

On Saturday evening, Sept. 19 from 6:00 – 8:00 pm, Dominican Center at Marywood welcomes thought leader Bruce Friedrich… to a conversation about his belief that that concern for humans, the environment, and animals are interrelated. He will reflect on how these concerns animate the way he lives out his faith. Bruce will share how his Read More

Consecrated Life Retreat for Diocesan Sisters: Lived Reality and Hope for the Future

Sunday, July 26 at 6:00 pm – Friday, July 31 at Noon Dominican Center at Marywood Hosted by the Dominican Sisters ~ Grand Rapids With the encouragement of Pope Francis we will celebrate our renewal of religious life in the spirit of Vatican II and the charisms of our founders, recommit to living the vows Read More

A Look Inside the Following the Life of Jesus Retreat

This week, retreatants of our 8-day Teilhardian Spiritual Exercises and Ignatian Retreat: Following the Life of Jesus can be found in nooks and on grassy knolls all around the Marywood Campus. At Dominican Center at Marywood, presentations by Louis Savary, (STD in Spirituality) and Dr. Patricia Berne, E PhD, are inspiring prayer, reflective thought, and Read More

Dominican Center at Marywood Summer Program Catalog

Dominican Center at Marywood Summer 2015 Program Catalog is now available! •  To view the catalog online now, visit:…/…/dcm_catalog_summer_2015/1 •  Register for open programs •  If you’d like to receive a copy in your mailbox, email your postal address to: