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“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

Gathering of Sisters and Priests at Marywood

The Dominican Sisters of Grand Rapids hosted its annual gathering of priests and sisters from the Diocese of Grand Rapids at Marywood on Tuesday, June 27, 2017. Nearly 100 women and men religious gathered in Dominican Chapel/Marywood for a program with Bishop David J. Walkowiak, followed by Evening Prayer and supper at Dominican Center. Guests Read More

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

This Lent, I’m getting Quiet (A Guest Reflection)

“This year for Lent, I’m getting quiet…” Settle in to read this thoughtful reflection from Sinsinawa Dominican Sister Christin Tomy. We hope it inspires your journey this Lenten season. And remember, all are welcome to join us for worship during Lent and Easter at Marywood. Lent & Easter at Marywood The Lenten call I’m feeling Read More

Lent & Easter at Marywood

The Dominican Sisters ~ Grand Rapids invite you to pray with us during this Lenten Season. All are welcome. See below for a list of Lenten services or download the Lenten 2017 Schedule.   Lenten Liturgies Ash Wednesday    March 1, 2017 9:30 am  Morning Prayer 9:45 am  Eucharist & Distribution of Ashes     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

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

Celebrating the Close of the 800th Anniversary of Dominican Order

“It’s rather strange isn’t it — that the man who founded the Order of Preachers should be such a quiet figure! And yet by the fruits of his labor, we know him.” — Heather Barrett, Lay Dominican Sunday, January 22, 2017 marks the closure of the celebration of 800 years of Dominican Life on Earth, 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

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

Advent & Christmas Worship at Marywood

Advent Weekend Liturgies 1st  Sunday of Advent              November 26 / 27 4:00 pm (Saturday)           Eucharist: Chapel of the Word 9:30 am  (Sunday)        Morning Prayer: Dominican Chapel/Marywood 10:00 am                  Eucharist: Dominican Chapel/Marywood 2nd Sunday of Advent    December 3 / 4 4:00 pm (Saturday)          Eucharist: Chapel of the Word 9:30 Read More

A Prayer for Thanksgiving

To pray as a litany… respond after each line… Gracious God, give us generous hearts To share whatever gift it is that you have given us… To acknowledge you as the giver of all good gifts… To give without counting the cost… To share without expecting something in return… To be wise in the way Read More

Grand Rapids Interfaith Thanksgiving Celebration Monday, Nov. 21

Monday, Nov. 21, 7:00 pm, Central Reformed Church, Grand Rapids The Grand Rapids Interfaith Thanksgiving Celebration has been celebrated annually since the year 2000. The event features participation from a wide variety of Christian denominations and representatives of Native American, Jewish, Muslim, Baha’i, Buddhist, Hindu, secular, and inclusive religious communities. We come together to give Read More

Remembering Service, Sept. 9, 2016 — A Precious Time to Remember Sisters Who Came Before Us

On Friday, September 9, 2016 at 11:00 a.m., weather permitting, the Dominican Sisters~Grand Rapids will gather at Resurrection Cemetery, 4100 Clyde Park SW, Wyoming, MI to honor our deceased Sisters, Associates and Benefactors. The brief prayer service will include our yearly blessing of the Sisters’ gravesites. The service will be followed by a light luncheon Read More

Divine Reading Goes Out to the World from Sr. Diane Zerfas

During this 800th Anniversary Year of the Order of Preachers, everyone is invited to read the online Daily Lectio Divina being published by  Today, Jan. 25, 2016, this divine reading goes out to the international Dominican Family from Sr. Diane Zerfas, OP, Dominican Sisters ~ Grand Rapids. Spiritual Landscapes: Where are you?  Enjoy and 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

Advent O Antiphons ~ Dec. 17 – 23

As Advent progresses toward Christmas, the prayers of the Church become more intense, calling the Lord to come. This 7-day prayer is an ancient ritual of the Church that includes a candle light procession, singing of hymns and psalms, proclamation of scripture, preaching, and chanting of Old Testament prophecies. These special prayers, called “O Antiphons”, Read More