SisterEvelyn Schoenborn

“I praise God for the good that has been given to me.”

My fifteen siblings and our family farm life prepared me well for being a Sister. On my 19th birthday, September 8, 1943, I came to Marywood to join the Dominican Sisters~Grand Rapids. Later another three girls in our family entered religious life: Glenmary Sister Catherine, while Phyllis and Jackie came to Marywood.

Following profession, I earned my high school diploma, Bachelor of Arts, and Master’s degrees from Aquinas College. I was assigned to a wide range of ministries in many places. These included: teaching in elementary schools, serving as the activity coordinator, home care assistant, seamstress, receptionist, and pastoral minister. A mission experience in rural northeastern Kentucky created a lasting impression for me. For three-and-one-half years, the women and I shared sewing and cooking skills as well as the Catholic faith. In every ministry situation, my skills of organization and creativity were valued.

Currently, my ministry is prayer and gratefully receiving the assistance I need from others. I enjoy visits from siblings, Sister Catherine Schoenborn, Jacqueline Pangburn, Theresa Crouse, and Lawrence Schoenborn, as well as nieces and nephews. In my 75th year Jubilee ~Religious life~, I thank my family and all who have supported me on this journey.


2019 – 75 Years a Sister

Prayer Ministry

Pray for my family

Known for her skills as a seamstress, Sr. Evelyn would make everything from clothing protectors (aprons), drapes, and postulant dresses!

In ministry with Sister Evelyn Schoenborn, OP

Dominican Sisters Grand Rapids 2019 Jubilarians


2014 Jubilarians