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National Catholic Sisters Week – Day of Service Photo Gallery

In celebrating National Catholic Sisters Week, March 8-14, the Dominican Sisters Grand Rapids welcomed 142 volunteers from our Dominican Sisters friends community to serve and support some of the most vulnerable in West Michigan. Volunteers helped to ensure hungry kids get fed, new babies are swaddled and warm, and above all, that Dominican core values, 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 nationalcatholicsistersweek.org, volunteers will help ensure hungry kids get fed, new babies are swaddled and 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


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


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


Annual Marywood Academy Alumnae Non-Potluck Potluck




St. Mary Magdalen Parish Celebrates 90 Years and Dominican Presence

Submitted by Sr. Mary Ann Barrett and Sr. Laurena Alflen   On Sept. 17, seven sisters from Marywood traveled to the parish of St. Mary Magdalen, Melvindale to join the parishioners in celebrating 90 years.  Srs. Phyllis Mrozinski, Mary Jo Beckett, Dorena Gonzalez, Joan Alflen, Mary Ann Barrett, Kateri Schrems all met a few of their former 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


Dominican Sisters ~ Grand Rapids & Aquinas Employee Picnic

The Dominican Sisters ~ Grand Rapids welcomed Aquinas employees to Marywood for a picnic supper at the end of their first week of the new academic year. We are grateful for these wonderful colleagues and their commitment to the four Dominican pillars upon which we founded the college: Prayer. Study. Community. Service. Our educational legacy Read More





Reconnecting with Marywood Academy classmates is such a treat.

Upcoming events and opportunities to stay in touch. Don’t miss them. Click for more details. Alumnae Non-Potluck Potluck is Thursday, Sept 29 Dominican Center at Marywood 6:30 – 8:30 pm.  REGISTER NOW  Call 616.514.3106 Hello Class of 1966!Have you RSVP’d? Your 50-Year Class Reunion is Saturday, Aug. 27, at Dominican Center. Please RSVP by Aug.12 marthapeabody@gmail.com


Our Prairie Habitat Attracts Butterflies and Master Gardeners

Master Gardeners from around Michigan visited the Prairie Habitat at Marywood earlier this summer. A host trio that included Sr. Lucille Janowiak, Grounds Maintenance Manager Terrence O’Neil, and Darcy Dye, a member of the Prairie Committee, provided background and history, care, and details about the plant and flower species that grow on our prairie. “Back Read More


Share our Prayer Intentions this Month

At this time, the tragedies around the world are calling us to pray intentionally for understanding and for our healing in our world.   Out of the Dominican Sisters ~ Grand Rapids commitment “to be open to encountering the Holy in ourselves, in each other, and in people of all cultures and lifestyles,” we join Read More


Partners In Parenting Mobile Classroom Has New Home at Aquinas College

Since 1999, Srs. Marguerite Cool and Jean Kramer have operated their ministry from a mobile base, a Winnebago modified to fit their needs. Our Winnebago now has a new home at Aquinas College. Aquinas College will be using the vehicle to meet the needs of diverse groups on the campus from the Education Department to sports Read More


Linda Thiel, OP Honored: Pharmacist Residency Instructor of the Year

On June 28, Sister Linda Thiel was recognized for her ministry of helping develop the gifts of up-and-coming healthcare professionals at Mercy Health Hospital in Muskegon, which includes two campuses: Hackley and Mercy Hospitals. The plaque on the award reads: Mercy Health Pharmacy Practice Residence, Honors Sister Linda Thiel, as the Pharmacy Residency Instructor of Read More


Groundbreaking: New Chapel at Aquinas College

The groundbreaking ceremony for Our Lady Seat of Wisdom Chapel, Aquinas College’s new chapel in Grand Rapids, Michigan, was held on Thursday, June 23, 2016. Imagine, the glorious setting pictured below is where the new chapel is to be built. During the ceremony, President Juan Olivarez indicated that this chapel will more than double the current Read More


Employees Honored for Years of Service to Dominican Sisters ~ Grand Rapids




Blessing of Hands Ceremony To Honor Employees

“Bless you always; we give thanks to the work of your hands.” “Gratitude for you fills our hearts.” These were the words of Prioress Maureen Geary as she led the annual Blessing of the Hands prayer and ceremony extending appreciation and blessings to all employees of the Dominican Sisters ~ Grand Rapids and all who 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


Aquinas College “We All Live Here” Day of Service on Marywood Campus

The Dominican Sisters ~ Grand Rapids campus had a helping hand from our Aquinas College friends in celebrating ‪#‎EarthDay‬. As part of their‪#‎wealllivehere‬ day of service, students, staff and faculty gathered on the Marywood campus to help care for our common home. A big thank you to Aquinas College in helping us to celebrate Earth Read More


Sr. Laurena Alflen Recognized by Salvation Army

Sister Laurena Aflen is a Dominican Sister who has been a volunteer with the Salvation Army Congregational Partnership Program (CPP) since 2013. She has helped participants get back on their feet by supplying them with resources, advice, and a listening ear. Her advice to someone who is just starting out as a volunteer, or who Read More


God Had Other Plans for Sr. Diane Dehn

Sister Diane has been involved in education since she started attending Aquinas College as an undergraduate. She originally entered a program to become an elementary school teacher. It was what she had always wanted to do growing up. But God had other plans for Sister Diane. After becoming a sister during her college years, she Read More