Sister Ministry & Stories

  • Mission & Ministry Magazine: Thankful for God’s Creation

    Mission & Ministry Magazine: Thankful for God’s Creation

    February 13, 2024

    Thankful for God’s Creation “Hardly a week goes by that I don’t hear the question: What is happening at Marywood?” writes Sister Sandra Delgado, Prioress, in this issue of Mission & Ministry Magazine. “And I answer: We are evolving. Aren’t we always? That “state” is inherent in the gift of life. “We soon will welcome […]

  • Sr. Mario Pavoni Jubilarian 2023 – 60 Years a Sister

    Sr. Mario Pavoni Jubilarian 2023 – 60 Years a Sister

    December 27, 2023

    On June 24, 1944, at 11:07pm, Betty Katherine Pavoni was born to Katherine and Joseph Pavoni. Mary Jane followed in 1946, Linda followed in 1950. Grand Rapids, Michigan, was home until 1957 when the family relocated to Saginaw, Michigan. Entrance day, September 8, 1962, from SS Peter and Paul High School, Saginaw, Michigan. Over my […]

  • Sr. Mary Patricia Beatty Jubilarian 2023 – 60 Years a Sister

    Sr. Mary Patricia Beatty Jubilarian 2023 – 60 Years a Sister

    December 18, 2023

    The ten years since my 50th jubilee have passed quickly; filled with joyous events, sorrowful events, and many ordinary days. All of the days have been filled with “the glory of God” as I travel on life’s joyful pilgrimage with God, with my Dominican Sisters, my birth family, and my friends. These past ten years […]

  • Dominican Sisters Volunteer Weekly at the Store House

    Dominican Sisters Volunteer Weekly at the Store House

    December 18, 2023

    Grand Rapids Dominican Sisters Carmen Rostar OP, Doris Faber OP, Jarrett DeWyse OP, Joellen Barkwell OP volunteer every Wednesday afternoon at the Store House on the corner of Five Mile Road and Plainfield Avenue. This organization was established seven years ago and they receive new merchandise from national companies who have overstock or last year’s […]

  • Sister Margaret Thomas OP Honored

    Sister Margaret Thomas OP Honored

    December 5, 2023

    Recently, Sterling Smith was honored as an Eagle Scout, and he in turn honored Sister Margaret Thomas OP as one of his mentors. Sister Margaret is a Grand Rapids Dominican Sister living in Colorado. Here is an excerpt from Sterling’s speech: “The third person I would like to award a pin to is Sister Margaret. […]

  • Sr. Orlanda Leyba Jubilarian 2023 – 60 Years a Sister

    Sr. Orlanda Leyba Jubilarian 2023 – 60 Years a Sister

    November 10, 2023

    Mystery envelops my mind as I ponder my abundantly graced life journey. Mystery at being born in a valley (Penasco, NM) where I was blessed with an extensive, loving family, a grounding in a faith that carries and guides me to this day, and a love of nature that infuses my prayer and provides nourishment […]

  • Sr. Mary Ann Barrett Jubilarian 2023 – 60 Years a Sister

    Sr. Mary Ann Barrett Jubilarian 2023 – 60 Years a Sister

    November 3, 2023

    I embark on my 60th Jubilee celebration with Great Thanksgiving. It is my family, my Community members, my friends – even students and strangers – who have been “sent” into my life to deepen in me a love of God and the Word of God. Happily, I listened to most of their wisdom and heard […]

  • My Journey with Parkinson’s

    My Journey with Parkinson’s

    October 21, 2023

    Life was filled with life! Professionally, I worked in the field of education. I belong to the Grand Rapids Dominican Sisters whose mission was primarily education. As a member, I enjoyed many opportunities teaching, as an administrator, and as a listening and challenging role with adults. I am grateful that Sisters and Associates are with […]

  • Sr. Donna Jean Thelen Jubilarian 2023 – 70 Years a Sister

    Sr. Donna Jean Thelen Jubilarian 2023 – 70 Years a Sister

    October 13, 2023

    Seventy years seems like a long time to be committed to a ministry of service to others, but that is what I have been privileged as a Grand Rapids Dominican to do. My mother was a teacher and used to tell interesting stories of her years as a teacher; and my own experience of having […]

  • Sr. Marie Carla Moeggenborg Jubilarian 2023 – 60 Years a Sister

    Sr. Marie Carla Moeggenborg Jubilarian 2023 – 60 Years a Sister

    October 6, 2023

    As I reflect on 60 years of Dominican life, I am amazed how these six words have guided me… I was born in Bay City, the daughter of Carl and Agnes Moeggenborg. The family eventually moved to rural Shepherd. There we lived among aunts, uncles, and cousins. In due time, our family welcomed additional children […]