SisterDonna Brown

“Marking each of the jubilee years - silver, gold, diamond - the jewels become more precious. The variety of ministries have been blessings, offering new opportunities to praise, to bless, and to proclaim.”

Jubilarian 2021 – 70 Years a Sister

Sister Donna expresses gratitude for years of teaching and pastoral ministry. She is a woman who worked hard and loved much. She was able to share her Dominican vocation with her older sister, Phyllis, whom she grieved much when Phyllis died. She continues to speak of her sister with love and affection.

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. Being raised on a farm, she knew the joys and challenges of country 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.

In her years at Aquinata, she has spoken often and lovingly of her family. The pandemic ended any regular visits from family and friends, but telephone calls and correspondence continue – a testimony to Sister Donna’s strong friendships and her ability to reach out to others.

She so appreciates the opportunity to go for a walk around Aquinata and experience the sights and smells, feel the breeze and the heat of the afternoon sun. She often shares memories of her ministry experience and family life. We rejoice in Sister Donna’s blessing as we celebrate her 70 years of faithful service to praise, bless, and preach.

2021 – 70 Years a Sister

Prayer Ministry

Pray for Sisters and family members with dementia and their caregivers

Sister Donna Brown ministered to veterans at the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans for a number of years.

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

Sr. Donna is always happy to help decorate lunch bags for Kids Food Basket or put together dolls that are donated to children through Bethany Christian Services.

Sr. Donna Brown’s eight-year ministry (1977-1985) expanding programs and building enrollment at Sacred Heart Academy in Merrill, Mich, included such highlights as the Prayer Partner Program. “Each student is assigned another person, whom they include in their prayers; special friendships have grown out of this program.”

In ministry with Sister Donna Brown, OP

Dominican Associate Advisory Board


Dominican Sisters Grand Rapids 2021 Jubilarians


Sister Inspiration: Donna Brown, OP