Jubilarian

  • 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 […]

  • Services for Sister Gail Ann Martin, OP

    Services for Sister Gail Ann Martin, OP

    April 30, 2018

      Sister Gail Ann Martin entered eternal life on April 29, 2018 at the age of 78 after 60 years of religious life. We commend Sister Gail Ann to your prayers. Remembering Service: Tuesday, May 1 at 7:00 pm Dominican Chapel at Marywood Funeral Mass: Wednesday,  May 2 at 4:00 pm Dominican Chapel at Marywood […]

  • 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, […]