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  • A Jubilarian Shares Her Story: Sr. Patrice Konwinski, OP

    A Jubilarian Shares Her Story: Sr. Patrice Konwinski, OP

    August 31, 2018

    “Where is the sister chancellor?” called out Pope John Paul II raising his hand to pause a photographic moment in the papal greeting line in Rome. It was 1990, and Sister Patrice Konwinski was visiting Vatican City with then-Grand Rapids Bishop Joseph Breitenbeck. Grand Rapids Press reporter Ed Golder wrote of the visit describing the […]

  • A Jubilarian Shares Her Story: Sr. Joyce Ann Hertzig, OP

    A Jubilarian Shares Her Story: Sr. Joyce Ann Hertzig, OP

    August 10, 2018

    My early teaching ministry in Saginaw at St. Joseph-Sacred Heart allowed me to experience cooperative efforts of African American, Hispanic, and Anglo students and families. Through study, action, and conscience-raising discussions, seeds of justice were planted. Issues of poverty, racism, and the cost of war have propelled me to search for ways to be in […]

  • Eileen Jaramillo, OP Honored by New Mexico VA

    Eileen Jaramillo, OP Honored by New Mexico VA

    August 2, 2018

    Stewarding God’s Grace The theme was “Volunteers are the HEART of Our Team”. Attendees at the New Mexico Veterans’ Administration Healthcare System Volunteer Recognition Celebration on July 23, 2018, enjoyed a wonderful banquet honoring the volunteers who give their time and compassion every day to our veterans. Sister Eileen Jaramillo, O.P., of Albuquerque, was one […]

  • A Jubilarian Shares Her Story: Sr. Mary Courtade, OP

    A Jubilarian Shares Her Story: Sr. Mary Courtade, OP

    July 27, 2018

    Dominican Sisters taught young Rosemary from first to 12th grade at St. Francis Catholic School in Traverse City, Michigan. Several of these teachers whom she admired and loved, along with her parish priest, helped prepare her for entrance into the postulancy. The avid student, former cheerleader, usher at the Michigan Theater, and summer cherry picker […]

  • A Jubilarian Shares Her Story: Sr. Louisa Mogdis, OP

    A Jubilarian Shares Her Story: Sr. Louisa Mogdis, OP

    July 13, 2018

    I was born in Muskegon Heights, Michigan on March 20, 1928 to Louis and Gazelle (Regel) Mogdis. There were seven children in our family, four boys and three girls, I am the second youngest. My school years were at Edgewood Elementary School in Muskegon through grade 5, Sacred Heart School grades 6-9 and St. Mary’s […]

  • A Jubilarian Shares Her Story: Sr. John Therese Kusba, OP

    A Jubilarian Shares Her Story: Sr. John Therese Kusba, OP

    July 6, 2018

    The second child of John and Theresa Kusba, Dolores Therese Mary was born June 11, 1928. She had two brothers, one older and one younger. She learned self-defense by joining the boys’ sports. Dolores attended grade school at St. Rita, Saginaw and St. Joseph High School. Her teachers were Grand Rapids Dominicans. Recognizing that God […]

  • A Jubilarian Shares Her Story: Sr. Emma Kulhanek, OP

    A Jubilarian Shares Her Story: Sr. Emma Kulhanek, OP

    June 29, 2018

    In 1952, as she prepared to make final profession Sister Emma wrote to the Mother Superior:”I love this life we live and pray I may be accepted.” Sister Emma Kulhanek has always demonstrated sensitivity and caring. These gifts of God’s to Emma were raised up exponentially as she built upon her education with certificates and […]

  • Sister Inspiration: Edith Kahler, OP

    Sister Inspiration: Edith Kahler, OP

    June 15, 2018

    Macular degeneration has reduced Sister Edith Kahler’s optical acuity but her world view remains as clear as day: Greet the day, greet new people and new experiences as the gifts that they are. “My friendships in this community of Sisters have enriched my life so much. Through their lives, my own world view has been […]

  • Sister Inspiration: Aquinata Fiegler, OP

    Sister Inspiration: Aquinata Fiegler, OP

    June 8, 2018

    Lessons of Yesteryear Ring “Truth” Today As the season of Jubilee Celebrations begins, the occasion of the 50th Jubilee of Mother Aquinata Fiegler, Superior General of the Dominican Sisters~Grand Rapids from 1897-1914, is notable. In fact, the head of the Diocese, Bishop Richter, insisted that Mother Aquinata be well-celebrated on her golden anniversary. Friends gathered […]

  • Ingenuity, a Stamp Collection, and a Car in Santa Cruz

    Ingenuity, a Stamp Collection, and a Car in Santa Cruz

    May 25, 2018

      It may be difficult to imagine today, but when Sr. Susan Ridley was in her early twenties, learning to drive or acquiring a driver’s license wasn’t even a suggestion. As she said, “I had taken a vow of poverty, I wouldn’t be owning a car, so why would I need a license?” She was […]