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Sister Brigid Clingman, OP

I set before you life and death ~ choose life!


I thank God for life and for his gifts that have allowed me to enter more deeply into the mystery of His life and love.

Mary Brigid, born in Chicago on November 12, 1942, was the first of seven children for Lewis and Dorothy Clingman. The family moved to Grand Rapids in 1946. In 1960 she entered the congregation, received the name Sister Robert Louise of the Holy Family and later returning to her baptismal name.

Deeply interested in justice and social equality issues, she pursued and received a BA in Sociology at Aquinas. She then taught junior high school in New Mexico and Michigan before moving on to her original passion—social work. She obtained an MA in Social Work at Western Michigan University and a Masters in Religious Education at Aquinas Institute for Religious Studies.

After working six years for Catholic Social Services in Grand Rapids, she served for sixteen years in Detroit. She later became director of the Team for Justice of the Archdiocese and worked with Wayne County Youth Home and Wayne County Jail.

In 2000 Sister Mary Brigid served as Councilor for Mission and Advocacy on the congregational ministry team. Upon completion of her term, she became Pastoral Associate at Our Lady of the Lake in Holland, Michigan. In her spare time, she enjoys listening to choral and folk music, working with youth ministry and reading historical novels.

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This is the day the Lord has made! Let us rejoice and be glad in it.

Sister Brigid captured the spirit and emotion of the 2014 Jubilee Year in the introduction to the Jubilee Booklet

Yet another year has passed and a “new” group of Jubilarians proclaims their faithfulness for the way of life chosen when most of us were standing on the cusp of adolescence and adulthood. Whether there was fervent piety in our decisions or faith in a deep mystery unfolding, we made a leap of faith and said “Yes Lord!” That was a day when the Father danced with joy and called us each anew to enter into the dancing and rejoicing.

Thousands of days have come and gone. They have been marked with laughter and tears, embracing and solitude, confidence and fear. If each day was not a day of rejoicing and gladness, each day was an act of faith and fidelity. The journey of that faith and fidelity with our companions along the way, tells us that we live always in God’s day of the dance which was made for each of us. We always then live in the rejoicing and gladness of God’s love for us and our love for one another.

2017 – 53 Years a Sister

Prayer Ministry

Pray for lifers in the prison system

Sr Brigid joined Sisters and Associates to introduce Laudato Si’ Care for Our Common Home and teaching resources for all ages at the Diocese of Grand Rapids Catechetical Conference.

Sister Brigid helps teach young students during a mission trip to Haiti.

Sister Brigid Clingman preaching justice at Dominican Chapel at Marywood in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

In ministry with Sister Brigid Clingman, OP

Sister Inspiration: Celebrating Care of Earth and Life

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Democratic Republic of Congo — Historical Perspective and Today

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North American Justice Promoters Gather in Chicago

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December is Month of Peace: Dominicans In Solidarity for the Congo

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How To Get Involved in the Justice Ministries of the Dominican Sisters ~ Grand Rapids

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Care of Creation Committee: Commit to Use Less Plastic

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The March Against Racial Injustice Continues

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Celebrating the Feast Day of Our Lady of Guadalupe

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Dominican Study: Response to Genocide in the New World with Brigid Clingman, OP

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Corporate Stance: Care of Creation; Climate Change

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Study: Call to Justice Dominican Responses Through the Ages

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Dominican Sisters~Grand Rapids Join Michigan Catholic Sisters in Support of Water Protection Funding

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Dominican Order of Preachers Justice Promoters Gather

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Dominican Study: Response to The French Revolution with Brigid Clingman, OP

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Blue Candle Prayer March for Victims of Human Trafficking 2015

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Catholics Care About Climate Change: Beyond a Throwaway Culture

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Going Where Help is Needed: Support at the U.S. Border and Beyond

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Dominican Justice Promoters Historic Annual Meeting 2018

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Dominican Sisters Raise Our Voices: DACA

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Justice Committees of the Dominican Sisters ~ Grand Rapids

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Dominican Sisters Grand Rapids Stand Against Racism, Hatred, Violence

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Dominican Justice Ministry: Expose the Truth About Human Trafficking

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Dominicans Support “March for Our Lives” Call for Gun Control

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Human Trafficking Exposed 2018

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Dominican Call to Justice

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Dominican Sisters~Grand Rapids Inclusion Committee Introduction

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Justice Acts: Gun Violence Awareness and Gun Law Reform

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Dominican Social Justice Promoters National Convocation Nov 2014

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