Jubilarian

  • Services for Sister Karen Thoreson, OP

    Services for Sister Karen Thoreson, OP

    April 15, 2019

    Sister Karen Thoreson entered eternal life on April 12, 2019 at the age of 99 after 80 years of religious life. We commend Sister Karen to your prayers. Remembering Service: Monday, April 15 at 7:00 pm Dominican Chapel at Marywood Funeral Mass: Tuesday, April 16 at 11:00 am Dominican Chapel at Marywood Sister Karen had […]

  • Dominican Sisters Grand Rapids 2019 Jubilarians

    Dominican Sisters Grand Rapids 2019 Jubilarians

    April 2, 2019

    A Jubilee is an anniversary when we honor a Sister and reflect on her unique contributions to our lives. We tell stories, share what we’ve learned from and with one another, and reflect on our joys and sorrows. We celebrate!  View Jubilarians online We honor each Dominican Sister and the ways that she has shared […]

  • Sister Inspiration: Diane Dehn, OP

    Sister Inspiration: Diane Dehn, OP

    December 28, 2018

    As an academic advisor with students at Aquinas, I was often inspired by the dedication, determination, and drive of non-traditional students returning to the halls of education. Some students were returning to college to complete a degree or program that they had been unable to finish earlier in their lives. Others were just beginning college […]

  • 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 […]

  • A Jubilarian Shares Her Story: Sr. Pat Kennedy, OP

    A Jubilarian Shares Her Story: Sr. Pat Kennedy, OP

    October 26, 2018

    “My decision to become a Sister wasn’t a quick one; there was lots of questioning on my part.” As a young girl, Pat Kennedy dreamed of being a wife and mother. Yet, at the same time, she says, there was a persistent tug to vowed life. She lovingly recalls parents who were devout Catholics, loving, […]

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

    A Jubilarian Shares Her Story: Sr. Mary Jo Beckett, OP

    October 19, 2018

    Sister Mary Jo Beckett’s faith and trust in God has remained steadfast throughout her life. In fact, He has held her up through two near-death experiences. In 1982, she was severely injured in a car accident in which Sr. Rose Patrice O’Donnell was killed. In 1994, it was a brain aneurysm that led to hospitalization, […]

  • A Jubilarian Shares Her Story: Sr. Catherine Williams, OP

    A Jubilarian Shares Her Story: Sr. Catherine Williams, OP

    October 12, 2018

    The path has twisted and turned during these 60 years, from a community of Williams on a small farm in Byron Center,… … to a community of Dominican Sisters who share their lives of simplicity and prayer, laughter and song,… … as we walk the road together toward, “the fullness of joy in God’s presence”. […]

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

    A Jubilarian Shares Her Story: Sr. Ann Hehl, OP

    September 14, 2018

    For more than 52 years, she cared for patients as a Registered Nurse, for 27 of those years she cared for patients with End Stage Kidney Disease. Today, Dominican Sister Ann Hehl’s presence comforts and uplifts in her ministry as a Spiritual Care Companion to women and men who are homebound by illness or mobility […]

  • 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 […]