Sister Mary Lee Pitre

How great you are, O God!

Throughout seventy years of religious life, many “variations on the theme” have been experienced in education, parish ministry and in volunteer work. Prayerful support by Community, relatives and friends have encouraged me over these seven decades. My grateful thanks to God and to all for your support and love.

Essexville, Michigan was my birthplace in 1927. My baptism was extremely important to my parents as well as a Catholic education at home and at St. John’s School. During my Junior year in high school, along with a few other girls, we made our BIG trip to Grand Rapids to attend Sister Villana’s Reception of the Habit ceremony. As impressive as it was, it held no great importance to me until the following year when we attended her Profession of Vows. It prompted my first awakening to the thought of religious life. Since September, 1945 my life has centered around education, parish ministry, and volunteer work.

As a person ages, there are wonderful spiritual programs at Dominican Center at Marywood and educational opportunities at Aquinas College to nourish and enrich one’s soul and mind.My life has been filled with many blessings and wonderful friends during my entire life.

2016 – 70 Years a Sister

Prayer Ministry

Pray for homeless who are hopeless

Always learning, Sister Mary Lee wouldn’t miss an opportunity and encourage everybody to keep learning. Here she is touring the grounds of Marywood in Grand Rapids on Earth Day.

Sr Mary Lee Pitre at Annual Day of Service with Sister Mary Ellen McDonald and Dominican Associate Mary Morris at D.A. Blodgett-St. John’s,founded by the Dominican Sisters of Grand Rapids.

In ministry with Sister Mary Lee Pitre, OP

Sisters Celebrate 75, 70, 60, 50 Year Jubilees as Vowed Religious


Dominican Sisters Grand Rapids 2016 Jubilarians