who we are

Emboldened by faith, serving with joy.

our mission & our presence

To be the compassion and justice of Jesus in our time and place. 

Our Congregation’s 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

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Read more about the lives and times of the Dominican Sisters ~ Grand Rapids and the people who have been a part of our lives. Tapestry in Time The Story of the Dominican Sisters Grand Rapids, 1966-2012 is available in the Dominican Center Bookstore.


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About the Dominican Sisters

We are known for our passionate work to promote justice, support peace, alleviate poverty, oppose violence, reject oppression, mentor lay ministers, teach both children and adults, and protect the earth.

Our specific directions in ministry for the past twenty years have been to:
recognize and be open to the Holy in ourselves and one another

• affirm the need for community and renew our energy

• live common life well

• stand in solidarity with those who are materially poor

• stand in solidarity with women who have suffered from oppression and violence

• advocate for children in local, national and international communities

• collaborate with others to effect systemic change toward a just world

• foster a contemplative stance that all the earth is sacred and interconnected