our mission & our presence
To be the compassion and justice of Jesus in our time and place.
Our mission is that of Jesus ~ to be God’s saving grace in the world. This has been our endeavor since our beginning in 1877 as teachers and care givers to children.
We choose to live in community because each of us carries within us a piece of the truth–but only a piece. A measure of the wisdom toward which we all strive lies in learning the language around us–in hearing the wisdom of the other. It is by absorbing the wisdom of others that we ourselves become wise.
Our Sisters serve in schools and institutions of higher learning, healthcare and hospice and social service ministries. We are leaders in liturgical reform and activity. We support and foster life in parishes and lay communities. We provide spiritual direction and guidance. We are artists: poets, painters, authors, sculptors, photographers and more.
On our Marywood Campus, we have created welcoming places for ministries of assembly, worship, learning, meditation, art. respite and healing. Other ministries can be found in urban and rural settings across the country and world.
2012-2018 Leadership Team
As pictured: Sandra Delgado, OP, Vicaress; Maureen Geary, OP, Prioress; Lucianne Siers, OP, Councilor; Mary Ann Barrett, OP, Councilor
Our Congregation has a new corporate stance. (2014)
Unaccompanied Children on the Border
The Dominican Sisters ~ Grand Rapids recognize, as a moral obligation, the need to protect children fleeing violence or oppression in their homelands. We commit ourselves to act as their advocates in local,
Why we vow to live in community:
Each of us carries within us a piece of the truth–but only a piece. A measure of the wisdom toward which we all strive lies in learning the language around us–in hearing the wisdom of the other. It is by absorbing the wisdom of others that we ourselves become wise.
Two of our values state:
1) Affirm the need for community and renew our energy to live common life well.
These values are captured in a tale of the desert monastics: One day Abba Arsenius was heard asking an old Egyptian man for advice on something Arsenius was deliberating about. Someone who saw this said to him, “Abba Arsenius! Why is a person like you, who has such great knowledge of Greek and Latin, asking a peasant like this for advice?” And Arsenius replied, “Indeed I have learned the knowledge of Latin and Greek, yet I have not learned even the alphabet of this peasant.”
Abba Arsenius knew what as religious communities, as church and as people we have forgotten for centuries: life is the world’s greatest spiritual director and each of us learns something from it.