SisterThaddeus Kowalinski

“No eye has seen, no ear heard, no human heart imagined what has been prepared for those who love God.” - 1 Corinthians 2:9

God has a long time plan for the eye, for the ear, and for me. Part of the plan was set in motion by moving the eye, ear, and heart to the East side of the state to Fulton Street in Grand Rapids, Michigan where the itinerant Dominican women’s Motherhouse, Marywood was located.

There the plan continued – moving me into the ministry of educating youth in Saginaw (Sts. Peter and Paul), Grand Rapids (St. Thomas), Chesaning (Our Lady), Gaylord (Our Lady), Bay City (St. Joseph), and Mt. Pleasant (Sacred Heart Academy).

So, in this my 70th year of serving God’s people, my eye, ear, and heart join with other eyes, ears, and hearts in thankful praise to our Good and Gracious God.

Deo Gratias!
Amen, Alleluia


2018 – 70 Years a Sister

Prayer Ministry

Pray for needs of children and youth

In the summer, you can often find Sr. Thaddeus helping outside in the garden at Aquinata Hall.

Born and baptized Emily Michaelina Kowalinski in 1929, she received the habit and the name Sister Thaddeus of the Child Jesus upon her reception to the Dominican Sisters~Grand Rapids and the worldwide Dominican Order of Preachers in 1947.

Sister Thaddeus pursuits in learning included a BA from Aquinas College and a Masters in Latin/Classical Studies from the University of Michigan. She would teach children and youth in Catholic schools in Saginaw, Grand Rapids, Gaylord, Bay City, Chesaning, and Mount Pleasant.

First as an elementary teacher, then as a high school teacher of Latin, English, and homemaking, and later as an administrator of schools, Sr. Thaddeus’ found delight in engaging the minds of young Americans. Here, Sr. Thaddeus works with a student on Latin drills at Sacred Heart, Mt. Pleasant, Michigan in 1994.

Sr. Thaddeus has been an gifted seamstress most of her life. Her attention to detail and joy for the craft has most recently been shared with children at D.A. Blodgett-St. John. She has been making dolls that are gifted to children to calm them during times of transition.

In ministry with Sister Thaddeus Kowalinski, OP

Thaddeus Kowalinski, OP Enjoyed Sharing Latin, the Classics with Students


Dominican Sisters~Grand Rapids Doll Project for Bethany Christian Services


A Jubilarian Shares Her Story: Sr. Thaddeus Kowalinski, OP


Contributing Meaningfully, Serving with Love & Joy for Bethany Christian Services