Sister Ministry & Stories

  • Wrenched and Wracked with the Passions of the Beatitudes

    Wrenched and Wracked with the Passions of the Beatitudes

    November 1, 2022

    Homily for the Solemnity of All Saints Hartford Catholic Worker November 1, 2022 Fr. Terrence Moran I’m always a little annoyed by the internet memes that appear on this feast that show a huge crowd of canonized saints who already have their propaganda machines and feast days. Today is not for them. Today is the […]

  • Alumnae Celebrated with Awards and More at Aquinas College Homecoming 2022

    Alumnae Celebrated with Awards and More at Aquinas College Homecoming 2022

    September 21, 2022

    It was a night to celebrate! Sisters and friends of the Award winners gathered for the Alumni Awards presentation Thursday evening, September 14 as part of the College’s Homecoming festivities. Attendees were treated to a strolling dinner with drinks before the presentations. Aquinas College celebrated a couple of familiar alumni during Homecoming Weekend. 2022 Honorees […]

  • Companion to Citizenship

    Companion to Citizenship

    August 11, 2022

    The path to U.S. citizenship is not easy. In these monthly sessions, we hope to provide guidance and resources to those navigating their way through the citizenship process. Information will be provided on how to prepare for the citizenship exam, fill out the N-400 form, and obtain the necessary legal documents. Free attorney assistance will […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • Mission & Ministry Spring 2022: Times of Transition

    Mission & Ministry Spring 2022: Times of Transition

    May 12, 2022

    Emboldened by Faith, Serving with Joy “If you happen to live near us here in Grand Rapids, Michigan, you know that in our community one of the great harbingers of spring is the arrival of the butterflies to their tropical habitat at our hometown botanical garden. The butterflies are beautiful as they fly around the […]

  • 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 […]