Some how I knew, in my earliest experience of growing up in Saginaw where the whites and blacks were so segregated that something wasn't right.
Sister Jean’s sense of justice and humanity continued to expand.
This journey in the Dominican family began when my parents, Alex and Ethel, fell in love, married and raised seven children. I am second oldest. The seed of religious life was nourished by my Catholic School education. Although unaware, I was “founded” on the Dominican Pillars: study – including Latin; prayer – school began in Church; service – projects of every sort; community – getting along day by day. While in high school I came to Marywood for a Reception Ceremony and returned home ready to “leave all and follow.” My parents thought otherwise for one so young. At age 23 I “left all” believing God was calling and I must “Come and See.”
I have been bountifully blessed with calls to minister in a variety of places, peoples and languages: Health Care in California (Brawley and El Centro), New Mexico, Saginaw, Texas and Grand Rapids; Pastoral Care in Mexico (Mexicali and Juarez), Guatemala, Saginaw, Russia and France (Prouilhe and Fanjeaux). Each holds a blessing and a story.
I am grateful for this itinerant journey inspired by the Spirit through the giftedness of Congregational Leadership and the sacred sisterhood – each in turn is gift to the world and church.
As I think of my Jubilee celebration, songs and psalms fill my heart – We give you thanks...with faith and hope and love, we give you thanks. This expresses well what these past sixty years have been and I trust God with the future.
2022 – 64 Years a Sister
Pray for all those of all enslavements: addiction, poverty, ICU, etc.
Sister Jean Reimer lived and worked in Acatenango, Guatemala in the early 1980s with Sr. Helen La Valley. Sister Jean ministered in Guatemala for 11 years. Here they are pictured in front of the rectory and convent in 1980-1981.
Sister Jean was named to the first Board of The Micah Center in Grand Rapids. Her heart aligned with the organization’s commitment to “Building power to do justice through education, relationship, and action.” She continues to stand for justice and mercy for all peoples.
My first ministry was with migrant workers (brasseros” came from Mexico to work in the fields) in Imperial Valley, California. They worked all day and lived in rough camps where heat and disease were rampant. Sister Jean continues to advocate for human rights. Here, Sr. Jean Reimer stands with friends during an immigration prayer vigil.