Thank you, my God!
I will celebrate your love forever.
How quickly the years of Love and Service, pass. I have many things to be thankful for – my Family, my Dominican Family, my many Relatives and countless Friends who have supported me all these years.
I was born January 9, 1927 in Española, New Mexico to Henry and Adelaide Salazar. I am the third oldest of eight children, four boys and four girls.
My education from grades one to twelve was in the Public School. I met Grand Rapids Dominican Sisters at Religious Education classes and this led me to decide to enter the convent when I was eighteen years old.
After attending Aquinas College I began my teaching ministry in Michigan and New Mexico. I spent 32 years teaching in grades K through 8. What means most to me in my Dominican vocation is the gift to be able to reach out and touch the hearts of the very young. My 29 years in pastoral work at Sacred Heart Parish in Grand Rapids brought out another gift of being present and sharing joy and faith with the elderly and ill of the parish.
I bask in the knowledge that I am personally and deeply loved by our God who fills me with great happiness and has given me tremendous energy to put my faith and love into practice.
Pray for religious vocations
Sister Marie Bernarde greets Grand Rapids Diocese Bishop Walkowiak during a visit at Aquinata Hall.
Sister Marie Bernarde thoughtfully contributes to Congregation business.