Sister Lupe Silva

“Gracias a Dios” continues to be the mantra of my life.

Jubilarian 2017 – 70 Years a Sister

I was born on November 19, 1928 to Brunita and Lucio Silva, the youngest of 15 children. I was first welcomed and enfolded into the Silva family, the Merrill village neighborhood, and Sacred Heart parish. At home was where I learned and lived the “welcoming of all,” “doing whatever was needed” and the experience of daily prayer. The Dominican Sisters’ care and presence in the community led me to join them.

On September 8, 1946, my Sister journey began. These years placed me in service as teacher, principal, Director of Religious Formation, and Pastoral Associate. I have served as Director of the Hispanic Formation Program and Vicar for Hispanics in the Diocese of Saginaw.

Gracias a Dios for my supportive family and friends, and my Dominican Sisters with whom I share life, prayer, and study. Thanks to all the dear ones who have graced my life in ministry.

Life continues to evolve and challenge me here at Marywood. My ministries now include care of my sister, Juanita, volunteer seamstress, and daily response to whoever knocks at my door. I am grateful for the variety and richness of opportunities.

I know and believe that as Dominican women “We are called to act with justice, we are called to love tenderly, we are called to serve one another, to walk humbly with God.” I say “Gracias a Dios”.


2017 – 70 Years a Sister

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Sister Lupe with her blood sister Juanita at Aquinata Hall. During the final years of Juanita’s life, Sister Lupe was her daily companion for walks around Marywood, reading, prayer and more.

Learning and study are one of the pillars of the Dominican Charism. Sr. Lupe Silva, born in New Mexico, shares a program with residents at Aquinta Hall during Hispanic Heritage Month.


Sr Lupe silva embroidering.

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