With a grateful heart, I thank God for my 80 years as a Grand Rapids Dominican. This journey enriched my life through various ministries, daily prayer, and opportunities for travel especially to the Lands of Dominic. I thank my family and all who have supported me through these 80 years.
I was born in Ranchos de Taos, New Mexico, on December 17, 1922. My parents, Antonio and Maria Vigil, gave me the name Adelina Maria. I was the sixth of nine children.
I attended St. Francis Elementary School in Ranchos de Taos. I continued my education with the Dominican Sisters in Grand Rapids when I entered the Convent in 1938. At my Reception on August 16, 1939, I received the habit and the name, Sister Antonita.
During my 80 years, I served in various places in Michigan and New Mexico. My ministries included food service with our Sisters and visiting nursing homes and hospitals where I was privileged to take Holy Communion to the patients. I enjoy crocheting, knitting, and puzzles.
At present I live at Aquinata Hall. I have more time for prayer, help where I can, and I participate in
2019 – 80 Years a Sister
Prayer for the poor, sick, and homeless
Sister Antonita visiting patients at St. Joseph Hospital, Albuquerque, New Mexico.
An avid knitter and crocheter, Sr. Antonita knits year round for the Santa Claus Girls, making hats to keep children warm.
All year Sister Antonita Vigil knits. Her hands fly as she turns out hats that will be gifted to the Santa Claus Girls for boys and girls in Kent County. She is joined by many more Sisters in this labor of love.
Sister Antonita Vigil with members of the 70-Year Jubilarian Class in 2009 at Marywood.