Aquinas College

  • Sister Inspiration: Mary Ellen McDonald, OP

    Sister Inspiration: Mary Ellen McDonald, OP

    February 16, 2018

    It was 2012 when the Leadership Team of the Grand Rapids Dominican Sisters called Sister Mary Ellen McDonald back to Grand Rapids to begin a new mission: start a Pastoral Care Team at Marywood. She was well-prepared for the task after some 30 years in Pastoral Administration and Ministry at three parishes in the Saginaw […]

  • Sister Inspiration: Jackie Hudson, OP

    Sister Inspiration: Jackie Hudson, OP

    February 2, 2018

    What calls a cradle Catholic from a quiet mid-western town to become one of God’s most vocal preachers of peace and justice? This Saginaw, Michigan native taught piano and vocals to youngsters for 25 years. She had the ear and expertise to tune pianos. As a child, she accompanied her mother on marketing trips to local […]

  • Sister Ties with Aquinas College Students

    Sister Ties with Aquinas College Students

    January 24, 2018

    Along with the students at Aquinas College, the Dominican Sisters~Grand Rapids are celebrating “Aquinas Week” with activities taking place both at Aquinas College and at Marywood (our Motherhouse). Last night we held our annual “Sister Ties.” Seventeen students accompanied by their leader, Eric Bridge, joined the Sisters for supper at Ratisbon and spent the evening […]

  • Sister Inspiration: Marybride Ryan, OP

    Sister Inspiration: Marybride Ryan, OP

    January 19, 2018

    A Golden Pathway of Love Led Her To Vocation and Service In 1913, little Margaret Ryan was born and baptized in Waterford Ireland. The bright, confident child thrived at home and school. She was surrounded by the presence of an extended family and close-knit community. Thanks to a public education fund, she attended an excellent […]

  • Her Story: Sister Inspiration – Sister Marie Celeste Miller, OP

    Her Story: Sister Inspiration – Sister Marie Celeste Miller, OP

    November 17, 2017

    “Leaven is essential to all good cakes. It makes them rise and provides the space for the batter to breathe and remain moist.” — Sr. Marie Celeste Miller, OP Inspired, this retired Aquinas College Art History professor, envisioned her next ministry as an opportunity to combine her passion for baking and artistic expression. Today, she is a […]

  • A Jubilarian Shares Her Story: Sr. Susan Ridley, OP

    A Jubilarian Shares Her Story: Sr. Susan Ridley, OP

    September 29, 2017

    “Here I am Lord, send me.” – Isaiah 6:8 I was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan on September 14, 1938. My father, Howell Ridley, a southerner, married my mother, Gladys Boylon, a northerner. My parents, older sister, younger brother, and I grew up in Grand Rapids. From the age of five, Grand Rapids Dominicans have […]

  • New Science Building Named for Sr. Aquinas Weber, OP

    New Science Building Named for Sr. Aquinas Weber, OP

    September 12, 2017

    This fall, at the request of an anonymous donor and longtime friend of Sister Aquinas, the addition to Albertus Magnus Hall of Science will bear the name Sister Aquinas Weber Hall. The lead donor for the new science building project did not want his own name on the building. Instead, he wished the new addition […]

  • Sisters and AQ Students Engage in National SisterStory Project

    Sisters and AQ Students Engage in National SisterStory Project

    July 12, 2017

    Lindsey Bacigal (’17), a junior communications major at Aquinas College, and and Alice Wittenbach, OP first met with curiosity and uncertainty. The pair were just one of several who met and formed friendships as part of the national SisterStory oral history project. My own lack of religious devotion was part of what led me to […]

  • SisterStory: Sr Barbara Hansen’s Boyfriend Predicted the Convent

    SisterStory: Sr Barbara Hansen’s Boyfriend Predicted the Convent

    June 20, 2017

    In talking with Sister Barbara, I learned that growing up she had never thought about joining a convent. In fact, until her boyfriend, Dale, said something to her it was not a consideration. In her interview she tells the story of the afternoon becoming a sister became a consideration for her. She and Dale were […]

  • Her Story: Sister Inspiration – Sister Lucia Zapata

    Her Story: Sister Inspiration – Sister Lucia Zapata

    April 7, 2017

    She is making a difference in the world as an art teacher. Grand Rapids Dominican Sister Lucia Zapata teaches art classes five days a week to five grades of young artists in the city. This year, she is teaching at East Leonard Elementary and at St. Anthony through Shared Time that provides art, music, PE, […]