I am truly grateful for the grace of God leading me to the Dominican Sisters ~ Grand Rapids where I have received many blessings. I cherish the prayers, support, and companionship of the Sisters. They have given me strength in ministry and many joyous memories of fun times together.
I was born on August 8, 1927 in Wood River, Illinois, a small town across the Mississippi River from North St. Louis, Missouri. My parents were William and Theresa Kienstra, and I grew up with an older and younger sister and two younger brothers.
After graduation from the local high school, I attended Webster College for two years – a small college conducted by the Sisters of Loretto, and affiliated with St. Louis University. I then worked for my father and did some traveling. One trip was the 1950 Jubilee Pilgrimage to Rome, France and Switzerland. It was at this time I felt a vocation to religious life.
Being attracted to the Dominicans who professed a life of contemplation and action, I wrote to the Dominican Sisters ~ Grand Rapids for information. After receiving several issues of “Come and See,” I made my application. I became Sister Mary Gretchen and received my Certificate of Theology and Masters Degree in Elementary School Administration. I ministered as a teacher and principal of elementary schools in Michigan.
2018 – 64 Years a Sister
Pray for peace
Sr Margaret Kienstra an expert packer for Kids Food Basket.