Dominican Sisters ~ Grand Rapids Continue Their Legacy; Another Strategic Step in the Sisters’ New Healthcare Ministry
Grand Rapids, MI April 19, 2013 — On Wednesday, April 24, from 4:00 to 6:00 pm, on the Marywood Campus, the Dominican Sisters~ Grand Rapids will host a private, official blessing and rededication of Aquinata Hall as a long-term, assisted living community for the Sisters as well as the community neighbors. The Most Reverend Walter Hurley, Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Grand Rapids, will bless the recently transformed and refurbished Aquinata Hall as a residence for the Dominican Sisters and other older adults throughout Grand Rapids.
This is another strategic step in the Sisters’ new ministry of healthcare. In 2011, they collaborated with Porter Hills in launching Marywood Home Health, where healthcare and other services are provided for people who wish to remain in their own homes while receiving licensed nursing care, rehabilitation therapy, health monitoring and personal care. A unique aspect of Marywood Home Health is the spiritual companionship provided by the Dominican Sisters.
These new ministries are part of a long-term, strategic vision for utilizing the spacious Marywood Campus to meet the healthcare, spiritual, social and life-long learning needs of the Dominican Sisters and the greater Grand Rapids community. This vision allows the Sisters to share their legacy with West Michigan by repurposing the spacious Marywood Campus into an intergenerational community that offers programs and activities for all ages and living options designed to meet the needs of area seniors.