SisterDorena Gonzalez

I rejoice greatly in the Lord. Reflecting on the 60 years of my religious life fills my heart with gratitude and wonder. The journey has been graced by God, supported by family and friends and enhanced by community. The Holy Spirit has been my guiding light and joy.

Sister Dorena Gonzalez was born to Manuela and Jose Maria Gonzalez in Saginaw, Michigan, October, 15, 1932. She graduated from St. Joseph’s Saginaw in 1951 and entered Marywood in October 1951.

Sister taught in Muskegon Heights, Detroit, New Mexico, Hannah in Traverse City, Saginaw, Grand Rapids, Prudenville and Flint. She’s loved every child she’s ever taught and thanks God for the many blessings.

Sister Dorena worked at One World clinic in Nebraska as an interpreter. She also worked as a volunteer with Laitinos Unidas encouraging Hispanic women to become Cursillistas, followers of Christ. Later Sister worked as a chaplain for hospice. Sister’s greatest love is evangelizing. She thanks the Holy Spirit for leading her and would encourage any young woman to be a Dominican!

2018 – 67 Years a Sister

Prayer Ministry

Pray for the undocumented and for peace and justice in the world

Sister Dorena teaching Vacation Bible School at St. Stephen’s Grand Rapids, 1976.

In ministry with Sister Dorena Gonzalez, OP

Dominican Sisters~Grand Rapids Doll Project for Bethany Christian Services


Dominican Sisters Celebrate Grandville Avenue Heritage


Donation to Santa Claus Girls from Dominican Sisters Grand Rapids


Dominican Sisters Day of Service


Making a Difference in the Lives of People Who Need You


Celebrating the Feast Day of Our Lady of Guadalupe


Inspired to Serve: Mary Catherine Fodrocy, OP and Dorena Gonzalez, OP