Sister Carmella Conway

“You have not chosen me, but I have chosen you and have appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should remain.” - John 15:16

Through the years from Reception of the Habit and my years as an aspirant and postulant, I feel richly blessed that God has chosen me and has continued to support, enlighten, and direct me in His service. I thank my beloved Dominican Community, my dedicated parents, my relatives, friends, and students who have nurtured me through all these years. May God be praised!

How can I ever thank our Good God for all of the blessings He has bestowed on me these years of ministry in our Dominican Family? He has given me gifts that I have hope-fully used to minister to His People. They, in turn, have inspired and nurtured me on my long journey.

I was baptized Rita Rose, born September 19, 1922 and was the fourth of seven children of William and Blanche Conway in Allegan, Michigan. I joined the Grand Rapids Dominican Sisters in 1940 and in 1941 I received the name Sister Mary Carmella of the Blessed Sacrament.

I studied and earned a BA from Aquinas College, an MA in Teaching Religion from Providence College, Rhode Island and an MA in Educational Administration from Michigan State University.

I was blessed to have taught in various schools in Michigan and New Mexico for over fifty years, claiming that “every place I’ve gone, I liked.”

I moved to Marywood in 1996 where I currently live. My ministry continues as I serve as a lector, choir member, and correspondent in my living group.

2016 – 75 Years a Sister

Prayer Ministries

Pray world and local governments grow in justice for all citizens

We so appreciate Sister Carmella Conway’s warm and joyful presence.

Sister Carmella serves as lector and ministers to Sisters and others in Dominican Chapel at Marywood and St. Catherine Siena Chapel at Aquinata Hall.

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