Sister Ministry & Stories

  • Sister Inspiration: Diane Zerfas OP

    Sister Inspiration: Diane Zerfas OP

    May 28, 2021

    Dominican Center’s Ministry of Spiritual Direction has been a beacon of hope for many in the chaos and confusion of Covid time. Direction is not about giving answers but about helping people see God at work in their lives. I have been doing direction for over 30 years and serving at Dominican Center for 15 […]

  • Dominican Sisters Grand Rapids 2021 Jubilarians

    Dominican Sisters Grand Rapids 2021 Jubilarians

    May 12, 2021

    A Jubilee is an anniversary when we honor a Sister and reflect on her 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!  View Jubilarians online We honor each Dominican Sister and the ways that she has shared […]

  • Dominican Volunteers USA Honors Kathi Sleziak OP with Marcella Connelly Award

    Dominican Volunteers USA Honors Kathi Sleziak OP with Marcella Connelly Award

    April 30, 2021

    Sr. Marcella Connolly (1928-2016), a much-loved Sinsinawa Dominican, is described as a woman with a mission and a vision to spread God’s love. Each year during their annual Caritas & Veritas event, Dominican Volunteers USA (DVUSA) honors an individual who embodies her vibrant spirit with an award in her name. Saturday, April 26, dozens of […]

  • Justine Kane OP Awarded Tenure at Aquinas College

    Justine Kane OP Awarded Tenure at Aquinas College

    March 31, 2021

    We congratulate Sr. Justine Kane, OP, Ph.D, who was recently awarded tenure by the Board of Trustees at Aquinas College! Tenure is granted by academic institutions only after a candidate demonstrates excellence in teaching, scholarship, and service to the profession and the institution. Tenure is a permanent post within the College, and it recognizes the […]

  • A Dream and Courage Lead to Citizenship for WORD ESL Student

    A Dream and Courage Lead to Citizenship for WORD ESL Student

    March 24, 2021

    All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them. Meet Maria Isabel Hernandez, formerly from El Salvador, and a student of our ESL program. Maria didn’t let the COVID-19 Pandemic deter her from her hopes of learning English and eventually becoming a U.S. citizen. I was privileged to encourage and […]

  • We Honor and Celebrate Women of Vision and Courage

    We Honor and Celebrate Women of Vision and Courage

    March 5, 2021

    During this Women’s History Month, we celebrate the women of Archives, the Sisters and friends who help preserve the stories of our lives. And, we celebrate all of the Sisters, all the women, who have inspired through their teaching, their nursing, their ministering, their service. Take time during March, Women’s History Month, to honor and […]

  • Food Pantry Collection for St. Alphonsus and St. Joseph the Worker March 8-12, 2021

    Food Pantry Collection for St. Alphonsus and St. Joseph the Worker March 8-12, 2021

    February 17, 2021

    Focusing on Food Insecurity and Hunger in West Michigan Catholic Sisters Week honors vowed women who care for the sick and in need; who educate and mentor children; who are concerned for the environment and all of creation; who advocate for the most vulnerable and act against injustices; who stand with those affected by poverty, […]

  • Sister Inspiration: A Bridge of Love & Hope in Chimbote

    Sister Inspiration: A Bridge of Love & Hope in Chimbote

    January 29, 2021

    Dominican Sisters Margaret Mary Birchmeier and Lillian Bockheim serve as part of the “bridge of love and hope” in one of the poorest communities in South America. They have lived in the community of Chimbote since the 1960s building a ministry that today includes a maternity hospital, pre-natal education, and well-baby clinics. From very humble […]

  • “Somewhere in the West” — An Archives Story Map Project

    “Somewhere in the West” — An Archives Story Map Project

    January 29, 2021

    The Archives Department is excited to share our Story Map entitled “Somewhere in the West: The Historical Geography of the Grand Rapids Dominican Sisters” focusing on our Michigan pioneer predecessors. Story Maps are produced through an online application that combines text and images, and can include maps and other elements, to tell stories in a […]

  • CTU Names Barbara Reid, OP First Woman President

    CTU Names Barbara Reid, OP First Woman President

    November 13, 2020

    It is with great joy that the Dominican Sisters ~ Grand Rapids share with you the very good news that our Sr. Barbara Reid has been elected as the next president of Catholic Theological Union in Chicago, effective January 1, 2021. This is the first time a woman will lead the school of ministry and […]