With deep joy and gratitude, I praise and thank God for all the special blessings and graces of sixty wonderful and happy years of life as a Dominican Sister. Special thanks to my family, community and friends for your love and support through the years.
Barbara Anne Kolasa, the youngest of four children, was born on July 26, 1933 to James and Antonette Glowa Kolasa in Elmira, Michigan. St. Thomas Aquinas was their home parish. Barbara attended Elmira Rural Agricultural School through the eighth grade. She received her high school education at St. Mary’s, Gaylord, where she was taught by Grand Rapids Dominicans.
Barbara joined the Dominican Sisters at Marywood on September 30, 1951 and at reception received the name Sister Mary Joyce of Our Mother of Confidence. Sister Joyce earned her BA at Aquinas College, an MA in Elementary Administration at Central Michigan University and her Permanent Certification in Elementary Education from the State of Michigan.
Beginning in 1953 Sister Joyce was a teacher and, several times, also a principal until 1983. She taught in Bay City; West Branch; Blessed Sacrament, St. Thomas and St. Anthony in Grand Rapids; Saginaw, Essexville, Merrill and St. Mary’s in Gaylord.
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 shut-ins at home and in many nursing homes. In 2000, Sister went north to Acme and then to St. Joseph parish on the Old Mission Peninsula, Traverse City, to continue this very special ministry. Retiring from full time ministry in 2007, Sister Joyce moved to Marywood and is presently ministering to the elderly shut-ins of Sacred Heart of Jesus parish.
2018 – 67 Years a Sister
Pray for the sick and elderly