Ministry Presence

  • We Support the National Black Sisters Conference Statement on the Murder of Tyre Nichols 

    We Support the National Black Sisters Conference Statement on the Murder of Tyre Nichols 

    February 1, 2023

    The Dominican Sisters~Grand Rapids join with all who are grieving the horrific and untimely death of another young Black man, Tyre Nichols. We stand with the National Black Sisters Conference crying out: “How many lives will it take? How often must we bear witness to the senseless killing of African Americans by the police? Where […]

  • The Right to Comfort and the Fear of Conflict

    The Right to Comfort and the Fear of Conflict

    January 27, 2023

    Inclusion Learning The Dominican Sisters ~ Grand Rapids Inclusion Team exists to foster growth and transformation that creates, supports, and sustains a diverse, inclusive, and racially equitable culture on the Marywood campus. This is not easy work, nor do we approach it lightly. We challenge ourselves to engage in the work of anti-racism. And we […]

  • USA: Sign the Nuclear Ban Treaty Now

    USA: Sign the Nuclear Ban Treaty Now

    January 25, 2023

    January 22, 2023 was the 2nd anniversary of the enforceable Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW). I joined witness and advocacy actions this week as we called upon the United States to sign this treaty to ban nuclear weapons. Sixty eight (68) countries have now ratified it and another 24 countries are actively […]

  • A Prayer for the End of Human Trafficking

    A Prayer for the End of Human Trafficking

    January 20, 2023

    A Prayer for the End of Human Trafficking As shared by the Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth, Convent Station, N.J. God of freedom, beauty and truthwe believe that your deepest desire,your most powerful energy,is that all creation might know abundant life.We raise our voices in anguished prayerfor our sisters and brothers,women and girls, men […]

  • Why Black Lives Matter

    Why Black Lives Matter

    January 18, 2023

    We must come to see that human progress never rolls in on wheels of inevitability. It comes through the tireless efforts and persistent work of men willing to be coworkers with God.” ~ Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. This week, as a nation, we honor Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The Dominican Sisters […]

  • What’s Outside Your Window?

    What’s Outside Your Window?

    January 18, 2023

    A few weeks ago, my grandniece asked my nephew: Hey dad, what’s in your wallet? The question likely came from hearing the ubiquitous ad on sports programming. He pulled out a lone debit/credit card from a pouch on the back of his phone and showed her. Now, my wallet is much messier than that! What […]

  • The Church in Myanmar, Dominican Month of Peace

    The Church in Myanmar, Dominican Month of Peace

    December 8, 2022

    The Catholic Church in Myanmar (also known as Burma) is part of the worldwide Catholic Church, under the spiritual leadership of the Pope in Rome. There are around 750,000 Catholics in Burma – approximately 1% of the total population. The country is divided into sixteen dioceses including three archdioceses. Catholicism has never been easy in […]

  • New Book Recognizes Shared History of Grand Rapids and Adrian Dominican Congregations

    New Book Recognizes Shared History of Grand Rapids and Adrian Dominican Congregations

    December 2, 2022

    For the Dominican sisters in the dioceses of Detroit and Grand Rapids, Michigan, August 30, 1894 — the feast of St. Rose of Lima — proved to be a fateful day. Grand Rapids Bishop Henry Joseph Richter chose that date to announce to the Dominicans in his diocese that henceforth they would be an independent […]

  • theWord: Thursday of the First Week of Advent with Megan McElroy OP

    theWord: Thursday of the First Week of Advent with Megan McElroy OP

    December 1, 2022

    Thursday of the First Week of Advent with Megan McElroy OP Reading: Isaiah 26:1-6; Matthew 7: 21, 24-27 December 1, 2022 It sounds so obvious, doesn’t it? Any civil engineer or architect will give the same advice as Jesus – build on solid ground, not on shifting sand. As sound as such advice is, and […]

  • First Sunday of Advent: Come let us climb the Lord’s Mountain

    First Sunday of Advent: Come let us climb the Lord’s Mountain

    November 30, 2022

    First Sunday of Advent – A Homily by Megan McElroy OP Readings: Isaiah 2:1-5; Psalm 122; Romans 13:11-14; Matthew 24: 37-44 November 27, 2022 “The mountain of the Lord’s house shall be established as the highest mountain and raised above the hills. All nations shall stream toward it; many peoples shall come and say, ‘Let […]