Sometimes, not often enough, we reflect upon the good things that have happened in our lives, and those thoughts always enter on those we love.

I think about the people who mean so much to me and who for so many years have encouraged and inspired me.

I count the times I have forgotten to say thank you and just how much I love you.

Thank you, my God, my Dominican Sisters, my family, and my Friends.

I love you.


Sister Katheryn Sleziak, OP, born in Grand Rapids Michigan, has most recently served as the Executive Assistant to the Dominican Sisters-Grand Rapids Leadership Team. Her past ministries include Vocation Ministry for the Dominican Sisters; co-founder of Grandville Avenue Arts and Humanities in Grand Rapids and director of Grandville Avenue Academy for the Arts (now known as Cook Art Center); and for over 20 years as a special education teacher for St Clair County ISD.

Sr. Kathi earned her bachelor’s degree from Marygrove College in Detroit, and master’s degrees from both Eastern Michigan University and Michigan State University. She is currently a member of Mary’s Hope Committee whose vision is to add beauty to the Marywood Campus; increase the ecological benefits and health of the land; and creating new habitats that will attract birds, bees, butterflies, pollinators, and other small creatures native to our area.