Dominican Sister Grand Rapids

  • 2019 Marywood Academy Annual Reunion Luncheon, Class of 1969 Celebrates  50th

    2019 Marywood Academy Annual Reunion Luncheon, Class of 1969 Celebrates 50th

    September 24, 2019

    Marywood Academy Alumns Reunite at Annual Reunion In September, Marywood Academy alums gathered at Dominican Center for the annual reunion luncheon. Students who’d graduated between 1944 and 1975, and later gone on to be doctors, accountants, mothers, and teachers themselves, all enjoyed sharing fond memories of their school days. Dominican educators planted seeds of faith […]

  • Sister Inspiration: Elaine LaBell, OP

    Sister Inspiration: Elaine LaBell, OP

    September 20, 2019

    “Hold it to the wound; it will help quiet the pain,” says Sister Elaine LaBell soothingly. She touches her hand to her chest, knowing well the intense pain that comes with this cancer surgery. She doesn’t speak with patients in recovery after lumpectomy surgery. “My intention is that each one will know that there is […]

  • Funeral Services for Sister Thaddeus Kowalinski, OP

    Funeral Services for Sister Thaddeus Kowalinski, OP

    September 6, 2019

    Sister Thaddeus Kowalinski, OP entered eternal life on September 6, 2019 at the age of 90 after 71 years of religious life. We commend Sister Thaddeus to your prayers. Evening Prayer with Remembering Service: Sunday, September 8 at 7:00 pm Dominican Chapel at Marywood Funeral Mass: Monday, September 9 at 11:00 am Dominican Chapel at […]

  • Sister Inspiration: Ann Mason, OP

    Sister Inspiration: Ann Mason, OP

    August 30, 2019

    Growing up on a farm, Sister Ann Mason learned to love and care for the Earth, especially by reducing and reusing materials. “We didn’t call it recycling; you just reused everything.” It’s no surprise that this consciousness for stewarding Earth’s resources remains engrained in many aspects of Sister Ann’s daily life. She actively cared for […]

  • Sister Inspiration: Justine Kane, OP

    Sister Inspiration: Justine Kane, OP

    August 16, 2019

    Saints are moving into Aquinas College this weekend! With hearts of hope, the Dominican Sisters welcome each and every new and returning student with our blessings for a fruitful year. Each year, professor Justine Kane, OP looks forward to seeing familiar faces: her colleagues and her students. “I’m inspired by their new and renewed enthusiasm for […]

  • Funeral Services for Sister Jean Marie Birkman, OP

    Funeral Services for Sister Jean Marie Birkman, OP

    July 8, 2019

    Sister Jean Marie Birkman, OP entered eternal life on July 4, 2019 at the age of 89 after 70 years of religious life. We commend Sister Jean Marie to your prayers. Evening Prayer with Remembering Service: Monday, July 8 at 7:00 pm Dominican Chapel at Marywood Funeral Mass: Tuesday, July 9 at 11:00 am Dominican […]

  • Meet Up, Catch Up, Eat Up

    Meet Up, Catch Up, Eat Up

    July 1, 2019

      We got to MEET UP, CATCH UP, and EAT UP—and we had a great time with our wonderful friends! In addition to last week’s grand time here at Marywood, we were thrilled to bring this Veritas sponsored event to Saginaw too. If you missed MEET UP this year, join us in September when we […]

  • Sister Inspiration: Verona Wangler, OP

    Sister Inspiration: Verona Wangler, OP

    June 21, 2019

    People are Just People One of the most important things I’ve learned from this project is that the differences between people don’t really matter as much as we think they do. The gap in age between me and Sister Verona, about 74 years, has faded into the background of our interactions. When we talk, I […]

  • Sister Inspiration: Eva Silva, OP

    Sister Inspiration: Eva Silva, OP

    June 14, 2019

    My primary role in my ministry as a psychotherapist is to be the listener and privileged witness to the stories people share. CG Jung had these words inscribed over the entrance to his house in Kusnacht. It is the same knowing that I have, as I welcome a client into my office. Bidden or not, […]

  • Sister Inspiration: Welcoming A Friend from Malawi

    Sister Inspiration: Welcoming A Friend from Malawi

    April 26, 2019

    A friend from afar joined the Dominican Sisters~Grand Rapids for Liturgy on Tuesday, April 23; he wrote and read the Petitions in St. Catherine of Siena Chapel at Aquinata Hall. Clement Chiwaya’s presence was a delight for so many Sisters. Sister Diane Dehn reflected: “I was fortunate to work with Clement as his academic advisor […]