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  • 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 […]

  • Her Story: Sister Inspiration – Sr. Geneva Marie Schaub, OP

    Her Story: Sister Inspiration – Sr. Geneva Marie Schaub, OP

    November 10, 2017

      It was 1953 when Sr. Geneva Marie Schaub happened upon a couple of sisters repairing rosaries. She listened, and watched, and decided making and repairing rosaries “was important work”. She describes some of the rosaries and people that she has touched. “Once, a women came to me with a rosary she had found in […]

  • Her Story: Sister Inspiration – Sr. Mary Donnelly, OP

    Her Story: Sister Inspiration – Sr. Mary Donnelly, OP

    November 3, 2017

      I stand in awe of my students at Notre Dame, what their dreams and aspirations are for themselves and the world. The young women with whom Sister Mary Donnelly, OP lives in community, as rector at the University of Notre Dame, are searching for identity: answers to Who am I? Who do I want […]

  • 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 […]

  • A Jubilarian Shares Her Story: Sr. Marjorie Stein, OP

    A Jubilarian Shares Her Story: Sr. Marjorie Stein, OP

    October 20, 2017

      “For I know well the plans I have in mind for you, says the Lord.” – Jeremiah 29:11 It is only by the grace of God and support of family and community that I am celebrating 60 years as a Grand Rapids Dominican Sister. I have been blessed. I was born and raised in […]

  • A Jubilarian Shares Her Story: Sr. Phyllis Klonowski, OP

    A Jubilarian Shares Her Story: Sr. Phyllis Klonowski, OP

    October 3, 2017

    Jubilee, like an anniversary, marks time by remembering, asks for the forgiveness of debt and/or actions to strengthen relationships with God and neighbor, and celebrates the abundance of blessings experienced. The oldest of five daughters for Daniel and Regina (Peplinski) Klonowski, my life was rich with deep Catholic faith, education, and Polish customs. These marked […]

  • 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 […]

  • A Jubilarian Shares Her Story: Sr. Judith Kirt, OP

    A Jubilarian Shares Her Story: Sr. Judith Kirt, OP

    September 22, 2017

    “Life is the childhood of our immortality.” Goethe If I had not answered the Call to Religious Life, I am not sure how my personal, spiritual, and professional growth would have unfolded. I was born in Lake Leelanau on November 21,1938 to Dennis and Mildred Kirt. St. Mary’s Church and School continue to nurture faith, […]

  • A Jubilarian Shares Her Story: Sr. Joan Thomas, OP

    A Jubilarian Shares Her Story: Sr. Joan Thomas, OP

    September 15, 2017

    When I think of having the gift of THIS MOMENT in time…living SIXTY YEARS in our treasured Grand Rapids Dominican Community…it is a profound blessing and reality! If I had not answered the Call to Religious Life, I am not sure how my personal, spiritual, and professional growth would have unfolded. My journey of Dominican […]

  • Her Story: Sister Inspiration – Sister Sue Tracy with Friend Sue Schroder

    Her Story: Sister Inspiration – Sister Sue Tracy with Friend Sue Schroder

    June 30, 2017

    “Coping with hope is an acquired skill — especially when it comes to cancer,” says journalist Sue Schroder. That indomitable cope with hope spirit is the legacy of Dominican Sister Sue Tracy, OP, who shared a friendship and camaraderie with Sue Schroder, who was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma in 2009 and is now in remission. “Sister […]