“Your works are wondrous, and my soul knows it very well.” -Psalm 139
My heart overflows with gratitude. I am grateful to God for life, family, friends, and being a Grand Rapids Dominican.
I began my journey in a farm house in Wayland, Michigan, as a child born to Michael and Sophia (Furgal) on April 21, 1936. I received the sacraments and went to grade school at St. Stanislaus, Hilliards.
Moving to Grand Rapids, I continued my education at Catholic Central and Aquinas College where I met the Dominican Sisters and Priests. I entered the sisterhood from Aquinas College where I taught later in life. I also taught grade and high school in Michigan and New Mexico.
I appreciated the pastoral learning in Phoenix which lead me to an administrative growing edge and exhilarating experience besides living in the Valley of the Sun.
All my life I have enjoyed the theatre, opera, and various museums and galleries besides traveling. I have had opportunities for all through study and as opportunities given by family, friends, and community. I delved into watercolor, pottery, and long stitch as a hobby and recreation. In my early teaching, I also did arts and crafts.
I continue my journey with overwhelming GRATITUDE.
2019 – 60 Years a Sister
Pray for cancer patients and their families and caregivers
Sr. Irene continues her ministries today by providing transportation for her Sisters.
Sr Irene Chrusciel at the Michigan Community Blood Bank.
Sr. Irene Chrusciel as a young girl.
Sisters Lucille Janowiak and Irene Chrusciel
Sr. Irene Chrusciel with Sr. Joan Williams leads prayers at the Dominican Sisters annual Remembering Services at Resurrection Life Cemetery in Grand Rapids.