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 a mutual feeling. We have felt the losses they have experienced, and they have felt ours.
We have so much to be thankful for as we reflect on these past months. As we emerge and celebrate and most certainly as we focus on transition, we keep our grateful hearts lifted in prayer. Henri Nouwen reminds us of this purpose and the liberation found within, “Above all, prayer is a way of life which allows you to find a stillness in the midst of the world where you open your hands to God’s promises and find hope for yourself, your neighbor, and your world.” ~ Sister Sandra Delgado, Prioress
Now is the Acceptable Time Poem by Mary Ann Barrett OP
Sister Mary Ann Barrett’s poem reminds us that “We have been given time…” and “Now is the acceptable time.”
Preaching Time, by Maureen Geary OP
“Our baptism calls us to be faithful even in the face of these immense challenges,” Sister Maureen Geary reminds us in her reflection “Preaching Time”. And, yes, though our faith has been tested, we behold the wonder of “presence” in our world today.
Motherhouse Cornerstone Laid 100 Years Ago
On June 14, 1917, the Congregation purchased land at the corner of Fulton Street and Lakeside and plans for the building of a long-anticipated Motherhouse began. Four years later, on June 5, 1921, the cornerstone was laid for the building atop the hill on Fulton Street. Today 160 Dominican Sisters continue to make their home at Marywood, and are happy that, although the main building will be under new ownership, they will continue to live on the Marywood campus in adjacent housing enjoying the beauty of the woods and the name that honors Mary, the Mother of God.
Changes on Marywood Campus, by Mary Navarre OP
When Marywood, our motherhouse, was built one hundred years ago, the brook that ran through the wooded land, Coldbrook Creek, also joined the Grand River. Little acclaimed today and buried underground for most of its route, Coldbrook Creek continues to fulfill its role as a tributary to the Grand River, which in turn finds its way to Lake Michigan and eventually through the locks at Sault Ste. Marie, out the St. Lawrence Seaway, into the Atlantic Ocean and the whole world. There is something about a river that calls us to pause. These arteries of life-giving water are always changing as they hurry to the sea. Rivers are always changing, and so must we. And so must Marywood, our Motherhouse.
Dominican Center: A Year in the Light
The pandemic forced closure of the doors of Dominican Center at Marywood March 13, 2020. With ingenuity and courage, our Dominican Center team set into motion a plan to keep welcome lamps burning for all seeking community. Here are some highlights of this unusual year.
Celebrating Our 2021 Jubilarians
We honor these woman and celebrate her unique contributions to the world and our Congregation.