Sister Mary Ann Barrett

Learn to do good, search for justice, help the oppressed, be just to the orphan, plead for the widow.

I reflect on the many blessings and challenges, the many relationships and ministries that have shaped my life as a woman religious. I’ve received gifts from learning and leaving, from listening and leading, from laughing and loving. I’m grateful to all who have been models and mentors on my Dominican journey. What a great Family of Preachers we have.

Since 2nd grade at St. Bernard’s in Alpena, I wanted to be a Sister, sometimes secretly, sometimes openly. My Irish father had no chance for a “priest,” not with 4 girls, and I felt I was the most “promising” to become a Sister. At an early age I played at being a teacher and entered into classroom teaching upon graduation from Aquinas College in ’66. Teaching prepared me for vocation ministry and campus ministry and retreat ministry, for parish ministry and even for this present call to leadership in the congregation.

I strive to live the Word faithfully within community life: “Learn to do good, search for justice, help the oppressed, be just to the orphan, plead for the widow.” Isaiah 1:17. My mother taught me much about hospitality to widows.


Sister Mary Ann is Councilor on the Congregation Leadership Team 2012-2018. Sister Mary Ann

2017 – 54 Years a Sister

Prayer Ministry

Pray for those on probation and parole

Since 1965 Sister Mary Ann has enjoyed playing the String Bass for liturgies and concerts.

Sister Mary Ann Barrett serves as Councilor on the Dominican Sisters ~ Grand Rapids Leadership Team 2012-2018. She shares her presence with Sisters at Aquinata Hall. Always, her wit and warmth light up a room.

Sister Mary Ann Barrett visits with students at St. Stephen Catholic School and many other schools in the Diocese of Grand Rapids throughout the year.

Sister Mary Ann Barrett and Sister Therese Rodriguez love spending time with young adults. Thank you Aquinas College students for visiting the Dominican Sisters Grand Rapids at Marywood.

Sister Mary Ann Barrett OP was elected Councilor to the Grand Rapids Dominican Sisters Leadership Team for the 2012-2018 term. Pictured are Sister Sandra Delgado OP (Vicaress), Sr. Maureen Geary OP (Prioress), Sr. Lucianne Siers OP (Councilor), Sr. Mary Ann Barrett OP (Councilor)

In ministry with Sister Mary Ann Barrett, OP

A Good Friday Blessing


Dominican Associate Advisory Board


Sister Inspiration: A New Year Prayer


Dominicans Support “March for Our Lives” Call for Gun Control


Sister Inspiration: A Prayer That We May All Be Thanks-Giving People


A Blessing for You on this Saturday After Thanksgiving


“LCWR Leader: End of Vatican mandate result of growth in understanding”


Sister Inspiration: Contemplating God’s Blessings