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SisterJoan Williams

“May Christ dwell in your hearts through faith, as you are being rooted and grounded in love.” -Ephesians 3:17

Jubilarian 2020 – 60 Years a Sister

Pondering these sixty years as a Dominican fills my heart and spirit with gratitude. The unfolding of my life has truly been a gift of grace and of opportunity.

Service and hospitality were modeled by my parents; these qualities were contagiously caught by all my siblings from early childhood forward. Though not articulated at the time, joining a community dedicated to service seemed a natural way to carry on our parents’ legacy.

Each professional ministry prepared me for the next: as musician in K-12, as liturgist and choir director in multicultural, multilingual parishes, as formator and instructor with Church communities in transitional times following the Second Vatican Council, as religious educator among the Spanish-speaking, bringing groups together around the Word and preaching; all were part of the journey.

All places of mission were long stays: the longest being 19 years in San Pedro Sula, Honduras. Unknowingly, inner transformation takes place while immersed in the reality of another culture. Upon return to U.S.A., now three years later, I realize how deeply the contemplative, life-giving, and challenging Latin American Spirituality has ingrained my spirit.

I am grateful that God is still at work in me and trust that ‘God’s work’ will be brought to fruition.

2020 – 60 Years a Sister

Prayer Ministry

Pray for those who willingly or unwillingly inflict suffering on others

Sr. Joan Williams joined the Root Causes Honduras 2019 Delegation to shine a light on the forces that compel people to flee their homes and cross borders seeking safety and hope. Our congregation blessed her mission. Read more about the delegation in our blog below.

Sister Joan offers first-hand witness to the corruption, gang violence, poverty, and violence that cause people to flee their country seeking safety, hope, and compassion from countries like the United States. As well as testimony about the warmth and faithfulness of the people she served. Joan Williams and child in San Pedro Sula

Sr. Joan accompanied men and women imprisoned in Honduras. Her prison ministry preaching and presence offered comfort in a place where hope and mercy are rare.

Christmas service in prison in San Pedro Sula, Honduras.

In 1998 she went to San Pedro Sula, Honduras where she began adult theological-pastoral formation.

In ministry with Sister Joan Williams, OP

2019 Marywood Academy Annual Reunion Luncheon, Class of 1969 Celebrates 50th

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“Catholic School Dropout” THE MOTH Podcast with Sr. Mary Navarre:

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Faith Leaders Go On “Reverse Caravan” Pilgrimage to Honduras

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Annual Back-to-College Dominican Sisters Aquinas College Picnic

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International Delegation Accompanies Communities that Resist Extractive Model

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Fight for the Land: Pueblo San Ysidro and Pueblo Alemania

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Editorial Response to Writer Lily Moore-Eissenberg’s January 27 Time Magazine Article

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Grieving Time: Breath and Radical Transformation

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Dominican Sisters~Grand Rapids Join Michigan Catholic Sisters in Support of Water Protection Funding

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DSGR Leadership Response to Pennsylvania Grand Jury Report on Abuse by Church Leaders

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New 2018-2024 Leadership Team Installed During Mass at Dominican Chapel at Marywood

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Central American People Face Extreme Hardship in 21st Century World

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Celebrating the Feast Day of Our Lady of Guadalupe

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New Leadership and Direction Announced 2018-2024

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Preaching Workshops in Africa

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Dominican Sisters Grand Rapids 2020 Jubilarians

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Chapter 2018 Direction Statement and Election Results

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Looking at Migration Through a Lens of Right Relationship

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Srs. Joan and Joyce Williams in Honduras

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ADVENTure 2019: Giving Thanks & Praise for the Blessings of Friends

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Joan Williams OP and Orlanda Leyba OP Answer Questions for A Nun’s Life Ministry

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2019 Delegation Explores Root Causes of Migration Honduras

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Witness to the struggle of the Guapinol, Honduras Environmental Defenders

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