“With joy and deep gratitude, I praise and thank God for all the special blessings and graces of 70 wonderful and happy years of life as a Dominican Sister. Special thanks to my family, community, and friends for the love and support I have been shown throughout the years.”
I am the youngest of four children born to James and Antonette Glowa Kolasa on July 26, 1933, in Elmira, Michigan, and named Barbara Anne. St. Thomas Aquinas was our home parish. I attended Elmira Rural Agricultural School through the eighth grade. I received my high school education at St. Mary’s, Gaylord, where I was taught by Grand Rapids Dominicans.
On September 30, 1951, I joined the Dominican Sisters, Marywood, and at Reception received the name Sister Mary Joyce of Our Mother of Confidence.
I earned a B.A. at Aquinas College, an M.A. in Elementary Administration at Central Michigan University, and my Permanent Certification in Elementary Education from the State of Michigan.
Beginning in 1953, I was a teacher and also a principal until 1983. I taught in Bay City; West Branch; Blessed Sacrament, St. Thomas and St. Anthony schools in Grand Rapids; Saginaw; Essexville; Merrill; and St. Mary’s in Gaylord.
In 1983 I became a pastoral minister to the elderly of the Basilica of St. Adalbert Parish in Grand Rapids. I visited and brought Holy Communion to shut-ins at home and in many nursing homes. In 2000 I went north to Acme and then to St. Joseph’s parish on the Old Mission Peninsula, Traverse City, to continue this ministry. Retiring from full time ministry in 2007, I moved to Marywood and now am residing at Aquinata Hall.
2022 – 70 Years a Sister
Pray for the sick and elderly
Retiring from full time ministry in 2007, Sister Joyce moved to Marywood and now resides at Aquinata Hall.
“Special thanks to my family, community, and friends for the love and support I have been shown throughout the years.” ~ Sister Joyce Kolasa
On September 30, 1951, Sister Joyce joined the Dominican Sisters, Marywood, and at Reception received the name Sister Mary Joyce of Our Mother of Confidence.
Sister Joyce enjoys participating in the activities at Aquinata Hall, including decorating lunch bags for Kids Food Basket.
In 1983 Sister Joyce became a pastoral minister to the elderly of the Basilica of St. Adalbert Parish in Grand Rapids. She visited and brought Holy Communion to those at home and in nursing homes.