Ministry Presence

  • Ingenuity, a Stamp Collection, and a Car in Santa Cruz

    Ingenuity, a Stamp Collection, and a Car in Santa Cruz

    May 25, 2018

      It may be difficult to imagine today, but when Sr. Susan Ridley was in her early twenties, learning to drive or acquiring a driver’s license wasn’t even a suggestion. As she said, “I had taken a vow of poverty, I wouldn’t be owning a car, so why would I need a license?” She was […]

  • Creative Youth Center Lets ‘Their Imaginations Soar’

    Creative Youth Center Lets ‘Their Imaginations Soar’

    May 18, 2018

    Sister Vera Ann Tilmann is a teacher through and through and in recent years, her education ministry has taken her to her parish of St. Anthony of Padua. In addition, this past year, she has had a special experience volunteering at Grand Rapids Creative Youth Center. In her own words, she introduces this community nonprofit […]

  • Sisters, Millennials Dialogue: Nuns & Nones Gather

    Sisters, Millennials Dialogue: Nuns & Nones Gather

    May 16, 2018

    In April of 2017, a group of Dominican Sisters and Millennials met for the first time at Dominican Center at Marywood in Grand Rapids, Michigan. This began what has become an almost regular every other Sunday night gathering. Nationally, these gatherings are named Nuns & Nones but this local one will go by Sisters & […]

  • Sister Inspiration: David Therese Korson, OP

    Sister Inspiration: David Therese Korson, OP

    April 6, 2018

    Sister David Therese Korson’s skilled hands and creative spirit inspire others. Like many at Marywood, she is preparing to participate in the Dominican Sisters Grand Rapids annual Service Day. It’s a day we gather to support organizations that serve others. On Thursday, April 19, 2018, Sister David Therese will join Sisters, Associates, Employees, Sunday Assembly […]

  • Sister Inspiration: Jean Karen Woloszyk, OP

    Sister Inspiration: Jean Karen Woloszyk, OP

    March 29, 2018

    She visits an average of 35-56 patients every weekday at McLaren Bay Regional Hospital in Bay City, Michigan. She coordinates the chaplaincy for weekends. Sister Jean Karen Woloszyk’s goal is to make sure that every Catholic patient receives the sacraments during their stay. She also helps keep parishes informed when parishioners are receiving care at […]

  • Sister Inspiration: Helen Bueche, OP with Marissa Ebels

    Sister Inspiration: Helen Bueche, OP with Marissa Ebels

    March 2, 2018

    Marissa Ebels and Sister Helen Bueche, OP are walking together on an oral history project, SisterStory. It is an ongoing initiative of National Catholic Sisters Week, a campaign to broaden awareness of Catholic sisters. The following is an introduction to this project by Aquinas College Student Marissa Ebels. On January 24th, I was paired with Sister […]

  • Sister Inspiration: Margaret Mary Birchmeier, OP & Lillian Bockheim, OP

    Sister Inspiration: Margaret Mary Birchmeier, OP & Lillian Bockheim, OP

    February 23, 2018

    This precious little girl, Megan, was born in Maternidad de Maria in Chimbote, Peru this week. She is the 98,000th baby delivered in the maternity hospital the Dominican Sisters ~ Grand Rapids helped start more than 50 years ago. Her birth fell during an auspicious week as the community celebrated and blessed a new building. […]

  • Sister Inspiration: Mary Ellen McDonald, OP

    Sister Inspiration: Mary Ellen McDonald, OP

    February 16, 2018

    It was 2012 when the Leadership Team of the Grand Rapids Dominican Sisters called Sister Mary Ellen McDonald back to Grand Rapids to begin a new mission: start a Pastoral Care Team at Marywood. She was well-prepared for the task after some 30 years in Pastoral Administration and Ministry at three parishes in the Saginaw […]

  • Sister Inspiration: Kateri Schrems, OP

    Sister Inspiration: Kateri Schrems, OP

    February 9, 2018

    “It is a gift to be called upon and so I approach each person I meet with reverence, honoring all that they are.” That’s how Sister Kateri Schrems characterizes her ministry on the Pastoral Care Team at Marywood Health Center in Grand Rapids, Michigan. “We are allowed, not just asked, to become a part of […]

  • Dominican Center at Marywood Celebrating 25 Year Anniversary in 2018

    Dominican Center at Marywood Celebrating 25 Year Anniversary in 2018

    January 26, 2018

    We welcome 2018, our 25th Anniversary year, with celebration, reflection, and renewed commitment to our mission. Dominican Center at Marywood was originally home to Marywood Academy, a day and boarding school of the Dominican Sisters~Grand Rapids. Though the academy saw its last students in 1975, a Montessori school flourished at Marywood until 1983. But as […]