Neither our mission nor our ministries are tethered to the bricks and mortar of our buildings, said Sandra Delgado OP, Prioress.
For more than a century, the Dominican Sisters~Grand Rapids have called the 34-acre Marywood campus our home and motherhouse.
With an increasing number of older members, our Congregation recognizes the Motherhouse no longer meets our needs. But, oh the joy that comes with the knowledge our move will provide much needed housing for low-income seniors in West Michigan. Marywood will continue to be the Sisters’ home. During the past two years we have been engaged in re-orienting ourselves and operations as we plan for our future needs. The Sisters will live at Aquinata Hall and Benincasa. Our new Motherhouse, named Marywood, will be the former Marywood Health Center.
Marywood is a dynamic environment that has grown and adapted to changing needs and times. On July 20, 2020, we announced plans to transition ownership of the motherhouse building to be developed into senior affordable housing. read more
We don’t have all the answers yet. Marywood has long served as a welcoming place for community– housing ministries of gathering, worship, learning, meditation, art, respite and healing. We cannot predict at this point what all of our ministries will look like but we look forward to all the new ways they will continue,” said Sister Sandra Delgado.
Our former Motherhouse building at 2025 Fulton Street East has been sold and plans are underway for it to be transformed into affordable housing for seniors. We feel blessed to bear witness to the next chapter for this place of mission and grateful to be able to share our Marywood campus so that others may have an affordable and beautiful place to call home. Property included in the sale includes the main building and east and west wings, and the small buildings leased by Whistle Stop. Future communications about plans for these buildings will come from the new owner.
Beautiful spaces, like the grotto, in our front yard will remain a welcoming sacred space for prayer and reflection. Working with Instruments of Hope, we are thrilled to announce that the grotto is now linked to the beautiful paths found in the St. Francis Sculpture Garden for Prayer and Meditation.