When I first visited Marywood in 1962, I saw a group of women whose prayer moved me with its beauty. It was clear to me that they cared deeply for one another; and they remembered how to laugh. That’s when I knew I had found my ‘home.’
If one thousand years are as a day in God’s sight, fifty years are as swift as a falling spark of light in a meteor shower. Yet each day of these fifty years, days of joy and sorrow, fill me with gratitude. Teaching and study occupied the early years. Prayer has deepened with the passage of time, study has sweetened and now the ministry of writing fills my days. My love for this community grows with the concentric circles of the expanding family of St. Dominic.
My prayer now is to serve boldly and joyfully until the end of my days on Earth. And when the time comes to return to the stardust from which I came, I pray to gladly greet the Creator of all that is good, to enjoy the company of all whom I have loved, and to begin that last great adventure and first perfect joy.
Sister Mary Navarre was named director of the Archives Department of the Dominican Sisters ~ Grand Rapids in 2014.
2022 – 58 Years a Sister
Pray for the ongoing quest for truth in our lives
Archivists for Congregations of Women Religious (ACWR), announced election results on Tuesday, March 27, 2018 for the organization of approximately 350 members. Elected to the position of Secretary is Mary Navarre, OP, Director of the Archives for the Dominican Sisters in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Sisters Mary Navarre and Barbara Hansen shared the history of the Dominican Sisters ~ Grand Rapids with West Michigan on the WGVU Morning Show with Shelley Irwin.
Mary Navarre OP edited and helped publish Tapestry in Time The Story of the Dominican Sisters Grand Rapids, Michigan 1966-2012.
Mary Navarre OP is the Archivist for the Dominican Sisters ~ Grand Rapids. Visitors often find her delving into the stacks and updating our online archives about the history of Sisters and ministries.