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.
had I not seen the postcard about spending a semester in Ireland on the bulletin board in high school, I never would have found my way to Aquinas College where I met the Dominican Sisters of Grand Rapids and the Dominican Friars of the Central Province. Born and raised in Royal Oak, Michigan, the oldest of five children, my discovery of Aquinas College was the beginning of seeing the world, of discover-ing the presence of God everywhere. Since those days, I have indeed been in the presence of God in what I have done, in where I have gone, and in whom I have met. In these 25 years of religious life, all of my ministries (pastoral work, teaching, and formation), my studies, my prayer, and my communities of sisters, brothers, family, and friends have collaborated with the grace of God to birth a preacher into being. Who would have thought? How blessed are we to be a part of the imagination of God!
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
2014 – 25 Years a Sister
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 2017
Music as liturgy is a great part of the preaching of the Dominican Sisters ~ Grand Rapids. Sister Megan is a liturgical musician.