Chimbote

  • Sister Inspiration: A Bridge of Love & Hope in Chimbote

    Sister Inspiration: A Bridge of Love & Hope in Chimbote

    January 29, 2021

    Dominican Sisters Margaret Mary Birchmeier and Lillian Bockheim serve as part of the “bridge of love and hope” in one of the poorest communities in South America. They have lived in the community of Chimbote since the 1960s building a ministry that today includes a maternity hospital, pre-natal education, and well-baby clinics. From very humble […]

  • Sister Inspiration: Margaret Mary Birchmeier, OP

    Sister Inspiration: Margaret Mary Birchmeier, OP

    November 30, 2018

    It was 1965, when Sister Margaret Mary and Sister Innocence Andres, both nurses and midwives, arrived in Chimbote, Peru to initiate a child and maternal care program. When they arrived, they found the Maternity Hospital unfinished — one wall and a concrete slab for a floor — so they spent the first year learning about […]

  • Sister Inspiration: Margaret Mary Birchmeier, OP & Lillian Bockheim, OP

    Sister Inspiration: Margaret Mary Birchmeier, OP & Lillian Bockheim, OP

    February 23, 2018

    This precious little girl, Megan, was born in Maternidad de Maria in Chimbote, Peru this week. She is the 98,000th baby delivered in the maternity hospital the Dominican Sisters ~ Grand Rapids helped start more than 50 years ago. Her birth fell during an auspicious week as the community celebrated and blessed a new building. […]

  • Sister Inspiration: Teresita Garcia, OP

    Sister Inspiration: Teresita Garcia, OP

    January 12, 2018

    There is no doubt that Sister Teresita Garcia’s personal prayer focus is informed by her life experiences. She prays for “an increase in vocations to religious life and for world peace”. Born and raised in New Mexico, Grand Rapids Dominican Sisters were her role models and teachers. Sisters Seraphine , Isadora, Sienna, and Clotilda inspired […]

  • A Jubilarian Shares Her Story: Sr. Lillian Bockheim, OP

    A Jubilarian Shares Her Story: Sr. Lillian Bockheim, OP

    October 26, 2017

      Glory and Praise to our God who alone is light to our days. Many are the blessings to those who trust in God’s ways. Sixty years of blessings. How can I give thanks to the Lord for his great goodness to me? I have received so many, many blessings: my wonderful Bockheim family, my […]