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  • Sister Joan Thomas Joins Ministry Team at Marywood

    Sister Joan Thomas Joins Ministry Team at Marywood

    January 14, 2010

    After eleven years at WLP, Sister Joan will return to Marywood, motherhouse of the Dominican Sisters ~ Grand Rapids. She will be adding her musical talents to the existing congregational liturgical team, Dominican musicians Sister Laurena Alflen and Sister Janet Brown. Sister Joan says, “The timing seems very right for me to move back to […]

  • Sister Bernice Garcia

    Sister Bernice Garcia

    October 7, 2009

    Dominican Sr. Bernice Garcia was in the fourth grade when she knew she wanted to be a religious sister. Now 72, she has witnessed the trajectory of religious life through the latter part of the 20th century into the 21st and the concurrent changes in church life. She was parish administrator, effectively the pastor, of […]

  • November Worry

    November Worry

    September 15, 2009

    In November, I think of Tony. I was teaching then, and he was one of the difficult students in my class. His parents were going through a bitter divorce – so I tried to be patient with him as he wreaked havoc in our classroom. One day, he came in and said, “Sister, my Dad […]

  • 2009 Jubilarians

    2009 Jubilarians

    April 13, 2009

    The Dominican Sisters ~ Grand Rapids honor the commitment of our members when a Sister reaches a specific number of years, a jubilee, in her religious life. Jubilees are celebrated at 25, 50, 60, 70, 75, and 80 years a Sister.  We also honor the Jubilee years of Sisters who have entered Heaven. We honor […]

  • Local Nun’s Sculptures are Created in God’s Image

    Local Nun’s Sculptures are Created in God’s Image

    March 1, 2008

    Deep in the basement of the Marywood motherhouse, tucked among water pipes and storage rooms, Sister Phyllis Mrozinski patiently chips away at a chunk of pink New Mexico alabaster. “This is a wonderful mallet,” Mrozinski says as she gently pounds a chisel, kicking up flying chips of stone and sprays of dust. “Even the tap […]

  • So Long, Sister – Konwinski First Female Chancellor of a Michigan Diocese, Retires
  • Sister Patrice Konwinski Receives Papal Honor

    Sister Patrice Konwinski Receives Papal Honor

    June 21, 2007

    From the Office of the Grand Rapids Diocese Grand Rapids Dominican Sister Patrice Konwinski, chancellor of the Diocese of Grand Rapids, has been awarded the Pro-Ecclesia et Pontifice (for the Church and pontiff) Medal by Pope Benedict XVI. The honor was instituted by Pope Leo XIII in 1888 on the occasion of his golden jubilee. […]

  • Sister Agnes Thiel, OP Honored by GGR Women’s History Council

    October 14, 2006

    Sister Agnes Thiel, OP Honored Senior Advocate and Educator Sister Agnes Thiel was the designer and first Director of the innovative Emeritus Program of Aquinas College, opened in 1975, which offers a variety of noncredit courses to those who wish to learn for the joy of learning, primarily directed toward seniors. This center was established […]

  • Art Gallery: Sister Phyllis Mrozinski

    Art Gallery: Sister Phyllis Mrozinski

    April 9, 2006

    Sister Phyllis Mrozinski is best known for her three dimensional sculpture work, often carved stone or bronze. However, she worked in a variety of mediums ranging from drawing and painting to poetry, photography and printmaking. At the age of fifty-five, Sister Phyllis requested and received permission to study art at Aquinas College, which by then […]

  • Phyllis Mrozinski, OP awarded the Fra Angelico Award in 2006

    Phyllis Mrozinski, OP awarded the Fra Angelico Award in 2006

    April 9, 2006

    For many years Phyllis Morzinski, OP had been teaching art and doing art but at age 55 she returned to college to enhance her skills. It was quickly discovered that she had a natural ability for sculpting. She has the capacity to wait for the sculpture to “reveal” itself. Much of her work time is […]