Sister Ministry & Stories

  • At Every Age

    At Every Age

    June 24, 2022

    Sister Pat Kennedy’s hats warm the heads of hospitalized preemies and adults in the Heartside Neighborhood. Her blankets, along with booties, bibs, and teddy bears are donated to the pregnancy help center in her parish, St. Jude’s. “You know, we never meet the babies, the mothers, who receive these items. But I know that I’ve […]

  • 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 2022 Jubilarians

    Dominican Sisters Grand Rapids 2022 Jubilarians

    April 27, 2022

    A Jubilee is an anniversary when we honor Sisters and Associates and reflect on their unique contributions to our lives. We tell stories, share what we’ve learned from and with one another, and reflect on our joys and sorrows. We celebrate! We honor each Dominican Sister and Associate and the ways that they have shared […]

  • Dominican Sisters ~ Grand Rapids Follow Historic Cross to New Home

    Dominican Sisters ~ Grand Rapids Follow Historic Cross to New Home

    February 23, 2022

    On Sunday, February 13, during Mass in Dominican Chapel/ Marywood, Sisters surrounded a wooden cross placed in front of the altar at the last Eucharist the community would celebrate in this sacred space. This cross has been with us in each of our motherhouses – in Traverse City where we were founded in 1877; to […]

  • Dominican Chapel at Marywood Closes After Final Eucharist Celebration

    Dominican Chapel at Marywood Closes After Final Eucharist Celebration

    February 20, 2022

    February 20, 2022 Was Celebration of Final Mass with Sunday Assembly at Dominican Chapel/Marywood The energy and joy were palpable as the Dominican Sisters welcomed the Sunday Assembly home for a final celebration Mass on February 20. After almost two years of separation because of COVID and with the sale of the Motherhouse building we […]

  • Sister Inspiration: Joan Williams OP Shares Her Hero John Lewis

    Sister Inspiration: Joan Williams OP Shares Her Hero John Lewis

    February 18, 2022

    Joan Williams OP lived and ministered to the people of San Pedro Sula, Honduras for nearly 20 years. She returned to the United States in 2017. Truth be told, Sister Joan often wears her heart on her sleeve. Imprinted on her heart is her mission: to love God and all his Creation with all her […]

  • A Message from Sandra Delgado, Prioress

    A Message from Sandra Delgado, Prioress

    September 10, 2021

    Dear Friends, We are all beginning to feel relief from more than 18 months of isolation and distance from our families, friends, colleagues, worshipping communities, and all who have a role in our lives. Our lives came to a halt from one day to the next. While we maintained ‘social distancing’ from the world around […]

  • Forward in Faith: Toward a Future Full of Hope

    Forward in Faith: Toward a Future Full of Hope

    August 31, 2021

    “Today you help us say goodbye to this building, an old friend that has helped us do great mission work. We now bless and release it to its new life and new mission.” ~ Sr. Sandra Delgado, O.P. Sunday’s heat and humidity threatened to dampen spirits, but in true Dominican fashion a breeze swept in […]

  • Mission & Ministry Summer 2021: The Treasure of Time

    Mission & Ministry Summer 2021: The Treasure of Time

    August 30, 2021

    Heroes Work Here “Among the frontline workers whom we consider heroes are all of our employees. In the Summer 2021 issue of Mission & Ministry, we are saying thank you to each and every staff member. We are blessed by those who care for us as much as they care for their families. It is […]