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Do You Know What Jesus Really Said?
Speaker: Louis Savary, Ph.D

An enlightening talk on the “real meaning” of what Jesus said based on the Aramaic translation and Dr. Savary’s scholarly work.

Thursday, May 1 – 7:00-8:30 pm

Location: Aquinata Chapel

Cost: $10 Open to Public





Golf illustration

Join us for the 7th Annual Dollars FORE Dominicans Golf Outing

On Monday, May 5, 2014, the Dominican Sisters ~ Grand Rapids will be hosting the Seventh Annual Dollars FORE Dominicans Golf Outing. 

Learn more and register for the event here.


Sister Sue Tracy featured in FAITH Magazine

Read a touching story about Sister Sue Tracy who uses humor to help cancer patients in Grand Rapids. This article is featured in FAITH Magazine – Grand Rapids on page 18. READ HERE.


Bold and Faithful – A Legacy of Grand Mothering

A program with the Dominican Sisters ~ Grand Rapids at the Grand Rapids Public Museum, Bold and Faithful – A Legacy of Grand Mothering is a part of a special exhibit based on the award-winning book Grandmother Power. The event happens Tuesday, October 22 from 1:30-2:30 pm. This program is free with a paid museum admission of $8 ($7 for seniors).


Dominican Center at Marywood Top in Charts 

For the 3rd year in a row, DCM was named one of the top 10 Conference Centers in West Michigan by the Grand Rapids Business Journal.


Sisters Support Students in New Mexico

The congregation offered financial support to students for their guitar class at Navajo Public School in Albuquerque. Sister Ada Dominguez is assistant principal and she has supplied us with this video and a “student thank you card” for assisting them: Zoie, Giovanni, Alejandro (2), Xavier, Esme, Austin, Genesis, Sonya, Destiny, Lydia, Briyanna, Alex, Victor, Angel, Eduardo, Evelyn, Janae, Xitlalic, Yaritza, Rolando, Savanna, Naomi, Kristally, Diana. Enjoy!

View the Video Here.


Congratulations Sister Edith Schnell

Family Promise of Ouachita presented the inaugural “Interfaith Community Service Award” 2013 to Sister Edith Schnell.

This award is given to a community member who through their acts of service has shown great efforts in bringing our interfaith community together through education, communication, fellowship and charity.

West Monroe, Louisiana



Articles on Aquinata

Sister Maureen Geary will be interviewed on Shelley Irwin’s “Morning Show” (WGVU-FM) on Tuesday, April 30, at 10:15 am

Article in MLIVE/Grand Rapids Press:


News story on WZZM Wednesday night:

 new bishop

Bishop-elect David John Walkowiak

We Dominican Sisters and Associates of Grand Rapids warmly welcome bishop-elect David John Walkowiak to our Diocese and look forward to working with him in service with God’s People.  We are grateful for Bishop Walter Hurley’s shepherding these past 8 years and trust that God’s Spirit will guide us all in our faithful  living of the Word of God.


Sister Diane Dehn Recognized by Aquinas College

Sister Diane Dehn received recognition by the Aquinas College Chapter of Alpha Sigma Lambda for her 44 years of service working with Continuing Education students and their families. She retires from her Aquinas ministry this summer.


Sister Kate Okolocha Inducted into Honor Society

Our visiting Nigerian sister, Kate Okolocha OP, was inducted into the honor society for Continuing Education students of the Aquinas Chapter of Alpha Sigma Lambda. This society’s aim is to recognize special achievements of adults who accomplish academic excellence while facing a number of competing interests and commitments.


Sister Maria Goretti Beckman Honored

Sister Maria Goretti Beckman was honored for her ten years of service on the Board of Directors of the Bay Area Women’s Center. The Women’s Center is committed to the elimination of domestic violence and sexual assault in the Bay Area community.


Sister Carmen Rostar Awarded

Sister Carmen Rostar received the “Champion of Literacy” Award from the State of Michigan Adult Education Department. This award was established in honor of Sister Mary Damian Schoenlein, OP (Adrian), a mentor to Carmen, who developed and promoted a series of Literacy Centers in Detroit Area.


Economic Club Gives Sister Aquinas Lifetime Achievement Honor

With a large crowd and a former British prime minister in attendance, Sister Aquinas Weber received the Economic Club of Grand Rapids’ Slykhouse Lifetime Achievement award late last month. The award, created in 2000, recognizes “non-business executives who have also contributed through their time, talent and support to help the community grow and prosper economically,” according to the club. Sister Aquinas received the award with former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, the event’s keynote speaker, in the audience.

The award was presented by Meijer President Mark Murray, club chairman, and Sister Aquinas was introduced by Aquinas College President Juan Olivarez. Prior award honorees have included President Gerald R. Ford and philanthropists Peter Wege and Ralph Hauenstein. It is named for George J. Slykhouse, club president and founder, the first award recipient.

According to Aquinas College, “Sister Aquinas Weber has inspired many lives in faith and service, and her efforts have been felt by so many: from her role as board member for so many organizations (including the Salvation Army, YMCA, and more), to her work in community development in the 1970s with the Eastown Neighborhood Project, restoring a once struggling part of the area. She first received a bachelor of arts from the institution, later becoming Chancellor of Aquinas College and involving herself in meeting local needs. She also served as vice president for development and served in many other leadership roles throughout her storied history with the college.”

Sister Aquinas’ other honors, listed by the college, include “the Women’s Achievement and Courage Award in 2006 from the Michigan Women’s Foundation, the Hometown Hero Award in 2009 from the American Red Cross, and, most recently, the Papal Cross, Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice, from Pope Benedict XVI.”


Prayer Line Moves from Phone to Mail

The Dominican Sisters ~ Grand Rapids, as of May 1, will now accept requests for prayers by mail or email instead of by phone. Prayer intentions may now be sent to Dominican Sisters Prayer Ministry, 2025 Fulton St. East, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 or Prayer intentions will be placed in a book at the entrance of Dominican Chapel at Marywood.

Imagine Peace Video Series

Our Preaching Through Media Committee has been working on creating short DVDs entitled “Imagine Peace” which can be used in various youth or adult times for reflection and faith sharing. Visit the Preaching Through Media Committee page and there you will see four links to videos which are housed at They are short, meditative pieces produced through a collaborative effort by all members of this committee.