Focusing on our INCLUSION and LEARNING core values during Black History Month
“And we look with hope
to the day when the
USA will lay down its
weapons and do its
part for world peace.
We also stand ready
and committed to make
sure that day arrives.”
~Carol Gilbert, OP
Despite these worrisome uncertain days, Grand Rapids Dominican Sisters remain in mission.
The Dominican pillar of Community remains steadfast even in this time of physical and social distancing. Dominican Sisters and Associates are finding new ways to connect with one another and with those served by our ministries. Sunday Assembly and Saturday mass, previously open to the public, cannot safely gather at this time. Our employees, except for a spare few, transitioned to remote work and they continue to support our mission to be the presence of Jesus in this time and place. Sisters are sewing masks and sending messages of support to those on the front lines of the COVID-19 crisis.
Our ministry, Dominican Center, has offered spiritual formation and contemplative learning programs for adults of all faiths from around the nation for more than 25 years. Since March 2020, when the COVID-19 pandemic rocked the world, the village at Dominican Center has been cultivating light and hope from a virtual space. From the early “Stay in the Light” virtual gatherings to prayerful reflective events, people are staying connected through Zoom, and journaling, meditating, praying, and learning. New online offerings are begin designed, and we are researching safe ways to hold in-person, socially-distanced programs for small groups. See upcoming programs at https://dominicancenter.com/
Each day we pray for you, your loved ones, our community, and our world.
We believe that even in this time of social distancing, our faith has the power to bring us together more closely than ever as brothers and sisters—as God’s people.
For over a century, the Dominican Sisters ~ Grand Rapids staffed a parochial school system that flourished throughout Michigan and New Mexico and for nearly that long have called the 34-acre Marywood campus home. With an increasing number of older members, the Sisters recognize the Motherhouse no longer meets our needs and have made the decision to repurpose the building to provide housing for low-income seniors. The campus will continue to be the Sisters’ home. read more
While the composition of the property will change, neither our mission nor our ministries are tethered to the bricks and mortar of our buildings, said Sandra Delgado OP Prioress.
We share with others the Word of God — words of life and hope — through our ministries.
Life is abundant with blessings. And one of the greatest blessings is the opportunity to spend time in relationship with God and others in community.
The Marywood Campus is the Motherhouse of the Grand Rapids Dominican Congregation. This oasis of 34 acres in the City of Grand Rapids, Michigan, has long served as an inviting place for ministries of assembly, worship, learning, meditation, art, respite and healing.
Each Sister has a story uniquely her own. She has woven her threads of fabric into a vibrant tapestry made brilliant by the lives of Sisters who came before, the lives of those present today, and the lives of those who will follow.
In living our mission: to praise, to bless, to preach… our very lives are a testimony to what we have seen and heard in Christ. We live, making space in our hearts and lives to be of service to others. Might God be calling you?