Dominican Sisters Grand Rapids

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • Sister Inspiration: Marilyn Holmes, OP

    Sister Inspiration: Marilyn Holmes, OP

    December 29, 2017

    The Dominican Sisters of Grand Rapids live in community at Marywood. They have given their lives to be available to one another and to others. They have spent their lives as Sisters learning to live communally, learning to live by example: “let all things be done to build each other up.” Sister Marilyn Holmes is […]

  • Sister Inspiration: Las Posadas with Angelina Gonzales, OP

    Sister Inspiration: Las Posadas with Angelina Gonzales, OP

    December 21, 2017

      For 40 years, each Advent season, Sister Angelina Gonzales shepherded Mary and Joseph; accompanying them in their search for shelter before the birth of their child. Sister Angelina led the 9-day novena of scripture called Las Posadas, meaning “inns”. It is a remembrance of the Christmas story as told in the Gospel of Luke […]

  • Her Story: Sister Inspiration – Josephine Mary Birchmeier, OP

    Her Story: Sister Inspiration – Josephine Mary Birchmeier, OP

    December 15, 2017

    She knits, sews, and cooks and bakes. None of these are easy tasks for a women whose hands can be painfully uncooperative due to Lupus. Yet, what Sister Josephine “Jo” Birchmeier describes as her homemaking ministries continue to be a blessing to our Congregation of Dominican Sisters and to the West Michigan community. Sisters who […]

  • Her Story: Sister Inspiration – Kathy Przybylski, OP

    Her Story: Sister Inspiration – Kathy Przybylski, OP

    December 1, 2017

    The Book Store at Dominican Center is a sacred corner on the Marywood Campus in Grand Rapids. Book titles call out to the curious and the seeking: Heaven Starts Now, Becoming a Saint, day by day; The Church of Mercy; Dementia: Living in the Memories of God; A Field Guide to Nature as Spiritual Practice; […]

  • Diocese of Grand Rapids Brings Service into Annual “Giving Tuesday” Activities

    Diocese of Grand Rapids Brings Service into Annual “Giving Tuesday” Activities

    December 1, 2017

    On Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017, employees from the Catholic Diocese of Grand Rapids spent the afternoon volunteering their time with Grand Rapids area Catholic-Christian organizations and communities. The impetus for the action was Giving Tuesday, which traditionally is an online initiative to increase charitable giving. This year, employees at the Diocese of Grand Rapids decided […]

  • A Blessing for You on this Saturday After Thanksgiving

    A Blessing for You on this Saturday After Thanksgiving

    November 22, 2017

    Puzzling is one of the contemplative practices enjoyed by Sisters at Marywood. The puzzle table attracts the diligent puzzlers and the drop-in puzzlers. The Korson Sisters: David Therese, Lydia, and Peter Mary are great puzzle fans. Sister Carmella Conway is also a regular. Sisters Margaret Kienstra and Carol Ann Nowak are avid puzzlers. Sister Linda […]

  • 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 […]