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Sister Megan McElroy

“Ephesians 3:14-21 speaks of family and the discovery of one’s true self. Being part of a family – “whether spiritual or natural” – reminds us that we are not alone in life or faith. Becoming Dominican is a lifelong process of discovering the true self, which at its core is the Word of Life. I am so grateful to discover, share, and celebrate this Life with all who have touched and shaped me, especially the Dominican Family.” 

Sister Megan McElroy has been a Dominican Sister of Grand Rapids since 1988. She ministered for a total of thirteen years as a pastoral associate. Her first assignment took her to the cradle of the community in Traverse City where she ministered at St. Patrick Parish and lived at St. Francis Convent. After four years in the northern lower peninsula, she returned to her home Archdiocese of Detroit where she ministered for nine years at St. Blase Catholic Community in Sterling Heights. After earning her Master of Divinity from Catholic Theological Union in Chicago, Megan taught theology at Woodlands Academy of the Sacred Heart, an all-girls Catholic high school in the north shore area of Chicago. She was then called to eight years of formation ministry as co-director of the Collaborative Dominican Novitiate in St. Louis, MO. During her time in St. Louis, she successfully completed her Doctor of Ministry in Preaching at Aquinas Institute, St. Louis, MO.

How can you put into words silent preaching? It is this silent Word that is the first Word Dominicans are called to preach. The Nuns immerse themselves in this silence, listening deeply with compassion and mercy, openness and tenderness, forgiveness and understanding. Their prayer is the bedrock of the oral preaching of the active members of the Dominican Order. -- Megan McElroy, OP, excerpt from The Hidden Charism of the Order of Preachers: An Initial Investigation into the Preaching of Dominican Nuns 2017

2022 – 33 Years a Sister

Prayer Ministry

Pray for those in formation for Dominican Life

Each year, as Co-Director of the Collaborative Dominican Novitiate in St. Louis, Missouri, Sister Megan helps form a new group of novices who come together to create their own experience in community with fresh spirit, abundant gifts, and eagerness to grow in the Dominican tradition.

“As the 800th Jubilee year of the Order approached, I realized that all the branches of the Dominican Family share in the preaching somehow; but how exactly do the nuns participate?” The question led to her doctoral thesis. Her research included interviewing Nuns. Her thesis, The Hidden Charism of the Order of Preachers: An Initial Investigation into the Preaching of Dominican Nuns, was published in December 2018.

Music as liturgy is a great part of the preaching of the Dominican Sisters ~ Grand Rapids. Sister Megan is a liturgical musician.

Sister Megan McElroy was elected Councilor on the incoming Leadership Team of the Dominican Sisters ~ Grand Rapids. She will serve a six-year term beginning July 1, 2018 through July 1, 2024. Also pictured: Sandra Delgado, OP, Prioress-elect; Joan Williams, OP Vicaress-elect; Maureen Geary, OP Councilors-elect. The private ceremony announcing the team was March 11, 2018.

At the Collaborative Dominican Novitiate in St. Louis are, from left, Sister Joye Gros, OP, Co-director; Sisters Ana González and Margaret Uche, novices from the Dominican Sisters of Peace; Sister Katherine Frazier; and Sister Megan McElroy, OP, Co-director.

In ministry with Sister Megan McElroy, OP

Dominican Sisters ~ Grand Rapids Follow Historic Cross to New Home

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Mindy Hills Named Director of Dominican Center Marywood at Aquinas College

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Even Now, Ash Wednesday Homily by Sister Megan McElroy, OP

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Reflection: Monday of the Third Week of Advent 2018

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Megan McElroy Reflects: Dominican Preaching Network at European Colloquium on Preaching

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New Leadership and Direction Announced 2018-2024

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100th Anniversary of Laying of Cornerstone of Motherhouse at Marywood

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Inspired by Faith to Make the World A Better Place

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Annual Back-to-College Dominican Sisters Aquinas College Picnic

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History is a Path We Reckon With on Independence Day

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Sister Megan McElroy and the Collaborative Dominican Novitiate

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Megan McElroy, OP Earns Doctor of Ministry in Preaching

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Associates Gathered for Final Prayer in Dominican Chapel at Marywood

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Preaching with Presence

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DSGR Leadership Response to Pennsylvania Grand Jury Report on Abuse by Church Leaders

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2014 Jubilarians

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Holy Thursday: How is this night different than all other nights?

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theWord Daily Homily – July 11, 2022 – Megan McElroy OP – Living and Praying Liturgy Well

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Can We Talk?

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30th Anniversary of Dominican Collaborative Novititate

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Chapter 2018 Direction Statement and Election Results

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ADVENTure 2018 – Thanks & Praise

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Solemnity of the Holy Trinity — The Great Commission: A Reflection by Megan McElroy OP

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New 2018-2024 Leadership Team Installed During Mass at Dominican Chapel at Marywood

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“Somewhere in the West” — An Archives Story Map Project

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Lectio Divina: No Longer Strangers but Friends

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The Audacity of Faith and Prayer, Megan McElroy, OP Preaching

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