Ministry Presence

  • Dominican Delegates to join Iraqi Dominican Sisters in Kurdistan and Nineveh Plain, November 14-25

    Dominican Delegates to join Iraqi Dominican Sisters in Kurdistan and Nineveh Plain, November 14-25

    November 9, 2018

    U.S. Dominican Women Travel to Iraq in Solidarity with Nineveh Plain Returnees “We have family in Iraq.” Dominicans throughout the United Sates have echoed this sentiment for many years, through much suffering of Iraqi civilians. It has been four years since the Sisters of St. Catherine in Iraq, along with Christians and other religious minorities, […]

  • Contributing Meaningfully, Serving with Love & Joy for Bethany Christian Services

    Contributing Meaningfully, Serving with Love & Joy for Bethany Christian Services

    October 31, 2018

    “You are bringing joy to children. We have a lot of children that don’t have hands to hold them or items that comfort them. Thank you, thank you for providing these children with some comfort.” That was the message personally delivered by Rhonda Fitzsimmons, community engagement supervisor for Volunteer Services at Bethany Christian Services. The […]

  • Megan McElroy Reflects: Dominican Preaching Network at European Colloquium on Preaching

    Megan McElroy Reflects: Dominican Preaching Network at European Colloquium on Preaching

    October 24, 2018

    The week of September 28 – October 5 I had the opportunity to spend in Cologne, Germany, as a participant in the European Colloquium on Preaching sponsored by the Dominican Preaching Network. Greg Heille, OP, Sara Fairbanks, OP (Adrian), and I were invited representatives from Aquinas Institute of Theology, which is one of the three […]

  • Inspired to Serve: Mary Catherine Fodrocy, OP and Dorena Gonzalez, OP

    Inspired to Serve: Mary Catherine Fodrocy, OP and Dorena Gonzalez, OP

    October 10, 2018

    It was May when Sisters Dorena Gonzalez and Mary Catherine Fodrocy were inspired to attend the Who is My Neighbor? series at St. Alphonsus Parish. The series is about real people, real stories, and real life and was created to bring deeper understanding about people, life circumstances, and world views. Since then, both Sisters’ fellowship […]

  • Nuns & Nones and Sisters & Seekers Inspires Intergenerational Conversations and Action

    Nuns & Nones and Sisters & Seekers Inspires Intergenerational Conversations and Action

    September 13, 2018

    The Nuns and Nones project seeks to bring these two intergenerational groups together in order to explore new forms of community life, help millennials see models for sustainable activism and create an intergenerational network of connections, what the project’s website describes as “an unlikely alliance across communities of spirit.” Different people emphasized different turning points […]

  • A Jubilarian Shares Her Story: Sr. Patrice Konwinski, OP

    A Jubilarian Shares Her Story: Sr. Patrice Konwinski, OP

    August 31, 2018

    “Where is the sister chancellor?” called out Pope John Paul II raising his hand to pause a photographic moment in the papal greeting line in Rome. It was 1990, and Sister Patrice Konwinski was visiting Vatican City with then-Grand Rapids Bishop Joseph Breitenbeck. Grand Rapids Press reporter Ed Golder wrote of the visit describing the […]

  • New Dominican Associates 2018

    New Dominican Associates 2018

    August 24, 2018

    This year, 11 women and men completed their year of reflection, prayer, study, and gathering in community with Sister and Associate Mentors, and with each other growing in awareness and relationship to the Dominican family. Sue Krestakos, Michael Lisowski, Kathleen Lally, Mary Marks, Jane Supri, Cynthia Bailey, Cleone Anton, Patricia Rasch, Karen Malmsten. Not pictured […]

  • A Jubilarian Shares Her Story: Sr. Joyce Ann Hertzig, OP

    A Jubilarian Shares Her Story: Sr. Joyce Ann Hertzig, OP

    August 10, 2018

    My early teaching ministry in Saginaw at St. Joseph-Sacred Heart allowed me to experience cooperative efforts of African American, Hispanic, and Anglo students and families. Through study, action, and conscience-raising discussions, seeds of justice were planted. Issues of poverty, racism, and the cost of war have propelled me to search for ways to be in […]

  • Committed Dominican Associates Welcomed

    Committed Dominican Associates Welcomed

    August 4, 2018

    On the eve of August 3, 2018, in Dominican Chapel/Marywood, we prayerfully welcome our 2018 Dominican Associates. We gratefully honor the Dominican Sister and Associate mentors who guided them on their journey of discernment through the Dominican pillars of prayer, study, community, and service. And we extend our special thanks to Associates Fran Georgeff, Teri […]

  • Celebrating the 25th Anniversary of Dominican Center at Marywood

    Celebrating the 25th Anniversary of Dominican Center at Marywood

    July 25, 2018

    Opening Doors to Formation and Transformation In the Dominican tradition, so much of who Sisters are and what we do is based in community. In initial formation, we learn how to be individuals within a community. As a congregation, we learn how to be in community with others around us. In 1985, this reality was […]