Sister Thomas Estelle Bryan

This is what the Lord requires of you: to live justly, to love tenderly, and to walk humbly with your God. Micah 6-8

Jubilarian 2021 – 75 Years a Sister

My heart is filled with gratitude and joy. I’m grateful for my Dominican vocation – a gift from God on the journey.

I am so very happy for the experiences, challenges, and support of my Sister companions, my family, friends, and students who have enriched, touched, and shared my life.

On Aug. 2, 1927, two days before the feast of St. Dominic, I made my 1st appearance in this world. My welcoming committee were my Irish father, my French mother and a little brother. Given the name of Evelyn, my parents, Thomas and Estelle had gone to see relatives in Detroit, and I arrived ahead of schedule. Eventually we came home to live in Saginaw. The family grew to five boys and three girls.

I attended school at Sts. Peter and Paul (Saginaw) and joined the Dominicans after graduation. At my profession I was given the name Sister Thomas Estelle. I graduated from Aquinas College with a BA in English/History.

During my 70 years in the Order of Preachers (O.P.), my ministry of teaching took place in Michigan (Saginaw-Essexville- Grand Rapids-Traverse City) and New Mexico (Santa Cruz, 25 years).

I am grateful to God for calling me to know, love, and serve… living “only to do right and to love goodness and to walk humbly with God”.

2021 – 75 Years a Sister

Prayer Ministry

Pray all realize that the beatitudes are meant to be lived

Sister Thomas Estelle established three Kindergartens: at Sts. Peter and Paul (Saginaw), St. Francis (Traverse City), and Holy Cross (Santa Cruz). In New Mexico.

Sister Thomas Estelle with her Kindergarten class after the opening of Saints Peter and Paul School in Saginaw, Michigan.

Sister Thomas Estelle celebrated her 70th Jubilee with Sisters in 2016 at Dominican Chapel at Marywood.

The Dominican Sisters are strong supporters of Kids Food Basket in Grand Rapids. Sister Thomas Estelle Bryan adds her creative touches to bags.

In ministry with Sister Thomas Estelle Bryan, OP

Dominican Sisters~Grand Rapids Doll Project for Bethany Christian Services


Dominican Sisters Grand Rapids 2016 Jubilarians


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