Ministry Presence

  • Dominican Sister Presence with Indigenous Peoples

    Dominican Sister Presence with Indigenous Peoples

    July 26, 2022

    Pope Francis’ visit to Canada this week on what he describes as a “penitential pilgrimage”, highlights the Catholic Church’s commitment to healing and reconciliation with Canada’s Indigenous people. The Dominican Sisters ~ Grand Rapids cannot help but recognize that the need for healing and reconciliation extends to the North Americas as well. We offer our […]

  • theWord Daily Homily – July 11, 2022 – Megan McElroy OP – Living and Praying Liturgy Well

    theWord Daily Homily – July 11, 2022 – Megan McElroy OP – Living and Praying Liturgy Well

    July 11, 2022

    Living and Praying Liturgy Well For 11 July 2022, Monday of week 15 in Ordinary Time, based on Isaiah 1:10-17 theWord daily homilies from the Order of Preachers This preaching can also be listened to and shared from this website. https://word.op.org/2022/07/11/27714/   https://word.op.org/audio/2022/07/11-mcelroy.mp3 HOMILY: Monday of the 15th Week of Ordinary Time Scripture: Isaiah 1:10-17 […]

  • Maureen Geary, OP, Elected President-Elect of LCWR

    Maureen Geary, OP, Elected President-Elect of LCWR

    June 28, 2022

    NEWS RELEASE June 27, 2022, Grand Rapid, Michigan – Sister Maureen Geary, OP, councilor of the Dominican Sisters ~ Grand Rapids, was elected president-elect of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) June 24, 2022. As president-elect, Sister Maureen will serve on the three-member leadership team for LCWR, along with Rebecca Ann Gemma, OP, and […]

  • We Don’t Always Choose

    We Don’t Always Choose

    June 17, 2022

    “To abide in Christ is to abide in the faith. When struggles come, you stay in the faith-you abide in it.” ~ 1 Corinthian 16:13 1 We don’t always choose the nature or timing of changes that come into our lives. Josephine “Jo” Birchmeier OP knows this all too well. She has experienced transitions through […]

  • Dolls and Critters Made with Love

    Dolls and Critters Made with Love

    June 1, 2022

    In 2019, Nancy Malburg OP called Bethany Christian Service and asked “What can the Dominican Sisters~Grand Rapids do to comfort the children caught up in the refugee and immigration crisis?” When told the children arrive with nothing, Sister Nancy put into motion a plan that would put creature comforts into the arms of children. This […]

  • Dominican Sisters ~ Grand Rapids Response to Texas Killings

    Dominican Sisters ~ Grand Rapids Response to Texas Killings

    May 25, 2022

    May 25, 2022 — GRAND RAPIDS, Michigan Our hearts are broken – again. We are enraged at the needless loss of life – again. We cry out – AGAIN! How long, O Lord?! How long?! How long will children have to train for an active shooter in their schools? How long must children and teachers […]

  • Dominican Sisters ~ Grand Rapids Respond to Killing of Patrick Lyoya

    Dominican Sisters ~ Grand Rapids Respond to Killing of Patrick Lyoya

    April 19, 2022

    Our hearts are heavy and outraged at the death of Patrick Lyoya. For the first time in thirty years, this month many religious traditions are celebrating their major feasts at the same time. These faith communities, which are an integral part of our Grand Rapids civic community, honor and ritualize significant traditions which speak of […]

  • An Update from Our Dominican Family in Ukraine

    An Update from Our Dominican Family in Ukraine

    March 21, 2022

    March 13, 2022 Dear sisters and dear brothers, It’s already been a couple days since my last letter. This interruption doesn’t mean that something tragic has happened to us. Quite the opposite. I finally managed to travel to Fastiv. I had already started missing the conversations with my brothers Misha, John, Paul, and Igor, and […]

  • Notes from the Order of Preachers in Ukraine

    Notes from the Order of Preachers in Ukraine

    March 9, 2022

    Kyiv, March 8, 2022, 4:45pm Dear sisters and dear brothers, Let me start with Fastiv today. The House of Saint Martin de Porres run by the Dominicans and lay volunteers has been a place of escape and rest for people affected by the hostilities, ever since the beginning of the war. One of the ladies […]

  • Sisters Pledge to Pursue Laudato Si’ Action Platform

    Sisters Pledge to Pursue Laudato Si’ Action Platform

    March 6, 2022

    We have been invited by Pope Francis to join with myriad institutions and individuals of the Church to journey toward integral Ecology. We undertake with courage, conviction, and compassion the responsibility to Care for Earth, our Common Home, and to stand with people who have been impacted by climate change, poverty, violence, and exploitation. We […]