Sister Dorothy Ederer

Be Who God Meant you to be and you will set the World on Fire! - St. Catherine of Siena

If it wasn’t for my sister Jeanne, who inspired me to enter religious life, I would not be celebrating 50 years of religious life. I will always be grateful to her for seeing in me things I was not aware of. My life has been one wonderful adventure after another. I am thankful for all the people who have supported me and challenged me to use my gifts and talents. I am who I am today because people believed in me and encouraged me to become all that God has called me to be.

I was born in Saginaw, Michigan. There are seven children in our family, five girls and two boys. I have a brother who is a priest.

My ministry began in St. Charles, Michigan as a 5th and 6th grade teacher and then principal for the second year, while teaching. My third year I went to Our Lady of Grace in Dearborn Heights, Michigan to teach 8th graders, was a Cheerleading coach and liturgist. Seven years later I went on to Chesaning, Michigan to be a liturgist and teach 8th graders.

A phone call one morning after prayers led me to move to St. Thomas More Student Parish in Kalamazoo, Michigan to work as a campus minister with Fr. John Grathwohl for 13 years! It was one of my greatest times in campus ministry.

I received a phone call from Fr. Joseph F. Girzone, the author of the “Joshua” books, to work for the Joshua Foundation in New York preaching Jesus’ message all over the world. I met people and accomplished things I never dreamt I could. After nine years I was offered a position as campus minister at St. Mary’s student parish in Ann Arbor, for the University of Michigan. After eight years, I was invited to be the Director of campus ministry at St. John Student parish serving Michigan State University. My 24 years as a campus minister has been most fulfilling!

Currently I am writing books, counseling, giving talks and retreats. As I reflect on my life as a Dominican, these 50 years of serving Jesus have brought forth gifts in me I never knew I had. For this I will always be grateful.

2022 – 56 Years a Sister

Prayer Ministry

Pray for abused women and those suffering from drug abuse

Not to be missed: Sister Dorothy Ederer’s golf swing and playful sense of humor at our annual Dollars Fore Dominicans Golf Outing. Sara Smolenski and Linda Burpee bless the Dominican Sisters by chairing this annual event.

Sister Dorothy Ederer, OP and Dr. Christopher W. Tremblay wrote a new children’s book called Lucy’s Laptop with illustrations by Jacquie Timm. In this story, Lucy introduces all of her friends who describe what they do to help Lucy write her first book using her computer. Ideal for children in grades 2‐5.

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