Leadership Team 2012 ~ 2018
From Left to Right: Sister Sandra Delgado (Vicaress), Sister Maureen Geary (Prioress), Sister Lucianne Siers (Councilor) and Sister Mary Ann Barrett (Councilor)
DOMINICAN SISTERS ~ GRAND RAPIDS ELECT NEW LEADERS FOR SIX-YEAR TERM
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — The Dominican Sisters ~ Grand Rapids have elected a new four-person leadership team to a six-year term which takes effect July 1. The election was held Sunday (Feb. 26), with nearly 100 sister delegates casting votes for a prioress, vicaress and two councilors.
The team is responsible for the congregation’s governance and administration. It is led by the prioress (meaning “first among equals”) as the primary authority, with the vicaress serving as the official representative in the event of the prioress’ absence. The new team, based at the 34-acre Marywood campus on Fulton Street in Grand Rapids, includes:
Maureen Geary, OP, Prioress, most recently served as vicaress and councilor for finance with the Dominican Sisters ~ Grand Rapids. The Grand Rapids native earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Notre Dame, a master’s degree from Catholic Theological Union in Chicago and a Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree from the University of Michigan. She has previously been employed as a certified public accountant and as an attorney, has taught and served in administration at Aquinas College and served in ministries with the Diocese of Grand Rapids Secretariat for Social Justice and the Kent County Vision to End Homelessness.
Sandra Delgado, OP, Vicaress, a Saginaw, Mich. native, has been based in Kentucky for 26 years. There, she has worked in adult education and Hispanic ministry, most recently for the Catholic Diocese of Lexington. She has a bachelor’s degree from Nazareth College in Kalamazoo and a master’s degree in adult and continuing adult education from Michigan State University.
Lucianne Siers, OP, Councilor, born in Saginaw, Mich., most recently was executive director of the Partnership for Global Justice in New York City and co-promoter of justice for the Dominicans of North America. She has served in leadership roles with a number of other organizations, including six years working in eastern Europe on behalf of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops based in Washington, D.C. Sister Lucianne earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Aquinas College, a second master’s degree from Boston College and a doctor of ministry degree in missiology and catechesis from the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C
Mary Ann Barrett, OP, Councilor, began her religious ministry as a teacher more than 40 years ago and subsequently directed campus ministry at Aquinas College and worked in several administrative roles on the Dominican Sisters ~ Grand Rapids Marywood campus. She has also been a campus minister at the Aquinas Newman Center in Albuquerque, N.M., and served as a pastoral associate for a Catholic parish in that city before assuming a similar position in Holland, Mich., in 2010. Born in Alpena, Mich., Sister Mary Ann received bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Aquinas College, a second master’s degree in pastoral studies from Loyola University in Chicago and a certificate in biblical studies from Catholic Theological Union in Chicago.
The Dominican Sisters ~ Grand Rapids, for more than 90 years, have been based at Marywood. Currently, about 240 sisters are serving people in need in education, health care and related outreach locally, nationally and in Peru and Honduras. Locally, they also interact with more than 120 women and men called Associates who share their Dominican values. A number of the sisters are noted artists, writers and musicians.
“This team will play a pivotal role in our Dominican future,” said Sister Nathalie Meyer, outgoing prioress. “In addition to guiding our sisters and overseeing numerous ministry projects, they will lead in the further development and redefinition of our Marywood campus as a health care and senior living destination.”
Current leadership team members, in addition to Meyer as prioress and Geary as vicaress, are Sister Joyce Ann Hertzig, councilor for mission and ministry, and Sister Mary Navarre, councilor for Dominican life.