Sister Bernice Garcia

I have said often and believe: Time goes fast when you’re having fun.

I have been blessed to have had the opportunity to be part of so many peoples’ lives, in so many different ways, with wonderful results. My greatest blessing is being part of our Dominican Family of Sisters who have made my life worth living and so fulfilling. I give thanks to God.

My life began in St. Francis Xavier parish in Albuquerque, New Mexico surrounded by loving parents, five brothers and one sister who really fostered my vocation.These were formative years that prompted me to become a Dominican Sister and eventually a teacher. My years in education in schools in New Mexico and Michigan were interesting and challenging. I taught in schools with staffs ranging from 9 Sisters to 2 Sisters. Teaching four grades at Holy Cross on Beaver Island found me with 16 preparations every day! Serving in Peñasco and Santa Cruz and Albuquerque were wonderful years.

Because of my personal interest and the need in the Albuquerque area, I spent years directing Religious Education programs. I also worked with homeless women and their children, began a Ladies Group for widows, worked with Birthright, was Eucharistic minister at a Senior Center, offered Grief counseling and served on Boards. All were wonderful ministries.

For 20 years I lived in the House on Adams St. where we host meetings, hold parties and welcome visitors to the Land of Enchantment.

Today, I live at Marywood. I have truly been blessed by God

2022 – 66 Years a Sister

Prayer Ministry

Pray that the sanctity of life is honored from birth to natural death

Ready to celebrate Our Lady of Guadalupe in a city wide procession with Indian dancers.

Fiesta at Marywood with Rafelita Silva, Bernice Garcia, Charlotte Mondragon, S. Eva Silva, Lalo Silva, S. Eileen Jaramillo

Sister Bernice Garcia preaching truth through her ministry experiences.

The friendships we treasure.

Sr. Bernice helping make Little Friends Dolls for donation to children at Bethany Christian Services.

In ministry with Sister Bernice Garcia, OP

March was a busy and blessed month!


Dominican Sisters Grand Rapids 2016 Jubilarians


Southwest Collaborative Founding Member Bernice Garcia


Sisters Celebrate 75, 70, 60, 50 Year Jubilees as Vowed Religious


Dominican Sisters~Grand Rapids Doll Project for Bethany Christian Services


Contributing Meaningfully, Serving with Love & Joy for Bethany Christian Services


Sister Inspiration: Bernice Garcia, OP