SisterDonna Brown

Marking each of the jubilee years: silver, gold, diamond: the jewels become more precious. This also is true in my years as a Dominican Sister.

Each mission has had challenges, joys, and a sense of peace knowing this is what is asked of me. The varieties of ministry have been blessings offering new opportunities to praise, to bless and to proclaim. My prayers are of gratitude for this vocation and for all the Sisters who have encouraged me along the way.

Audrey was born September 23, 1932, the third of four children to Peter and Edith (Thome) Brown, Jr. Holy Trinity Church in Alpine became the center of family life.

While preparing for First Holy Communion, Audrey was taught by Sister Armand to ask Jesus for whatever she wanted and if it was right for her, Jesus would grant her request. She prayed, “Jesus, I would be really happy if I could be a Sister some day.” Audrey entered the aspirancy in her junior year of high school. She entered the community in 1950 and was given the name Sister Mary Donna of the Holy Trinity.

Sister Donna’s ministries include 32 years teaching and administration in grades 1-12 and 27 years in pastoral ministry.

Sixty plus years as a Sister, still active though ‘retired,’ I am truly blessed that Jesus heard my heartfelt prayer as a little child.

2018 – 68 Years a Sister

Prayer Ministry

Pray for Sisters and family members with dementia and their caregivers

Sister Donna Brown ministers to veterans at the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans.

Sister Donna responds to a catechumen as he talks of his eagerness to embrace the Catholic Faith.

In ministry with Sister Donna Brown, OP

Dominican Associate Advisory Board


Sister Inspiration: Donna Brown, OP