Mary Ann Barrett

  • Called to Be Present —  Advent 2023 — Keep Watch

    Called to Be Present — Advent 2023 — Keep Watch

    December 1, 2023

    ADVENT WEEK ONE       Mark 13:33 Keep Watch We have been placed in charge of our God’s household and our common home. We are each gifted sufficiently and differently. May we use this present time for vigilance, for courage, for caution, for observation, for risking in God’s Service. Every day We Watch for Refugees […]

  • Sr. Mary Ann Barrett Jubilarian 2023 – 60 Years a Sister

    Sr. Mary Ann Barrett Jubilarian 2023 – 60 Years a Sister

    November 3, 2023

    I embark on my 60th Jubilee celebration with Great Thanksgiving. It is my family, my Community members, my friends – even students and strangers – who have been “sent” into my life to deepen in me a love of God and the Word of God. Happily, I listened to most of their wisdom and heard […]

  • Appreciating Teachers Then and Now

    Appreciating Teachers Then and Now

    May 5, 2023

    They teach reading, spelling, writing, and arithmetic, giving children and adults tools to improve their lives and livelihoods. They open eyes through history, science, speech, logic, and languages. They share their passion for professions of: nursing, education, and more. They introduce faith and hope through rich spiritual experiences. Their day-to-day presence assures each child of […]

  • Dominican Sisters Grand Rapids 2023 Jubilarians

    Dominican Sisters Grand Rapids 2023 Jubilarians

    April 13, 2023

    A Jubilee is an anniversary when we honor Sisters and Associates and reflect on their 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! We honor each Dominican Sister and Associate and the ways that they have shared […]

  • Following Jesus Through Lent

    Following Jesus Through Lent

    February 24, 2023

    Following Jesus Through Lent Intent on Praying, Fasting and giving Alms. We are Disciples – listeners and learners, perfected by multiple and varied struggles. We are Apostles – messengers commissioned to “preach” God’s Reign through their lives. We are Evangelists – witnesses focused on the Word, living among God’s holy people. So, we act “in […]

  • A New Year to Renew my Life

    A New Year to Renew my Life

    December 31, 2022

    I Arise Today…. Welcoming another Year to reconcile differences to witness joy to broaden my friendships; Welcoming another Beginning  to live with gratitude to amend quarrels to model God’s generosity; Welcoming another Opportunity to practice non-violence to imitate Jesus’ mercy to celebrate insights; Welcoming another Invitation to let go, to hang on to listen attentively […]

  • A Thanksgiving Prayer

    A Thanksgiving Prayer

    November 24, 2021

    “If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is Thank You, it will be enough.” ~ Meister Eckhart, Dominican theologian and mystic Today, we lift our minds and hearts in Thanksgiving. For the Gift of Life: its births, deaths, and rebirths that foster our growth, its letting go and holding on that […]

  • Mission & Ministry Summer 2021: The Treasure of Time

    Mission & Ministry Summer 2021: The Treasure of Time

    August 30, 2021

    Heroes Work Here “Among the frontline workers whom we consider heroes are all of our employees. In the Summer 2021 issue of Mission & Ministry, we are saying thank you to each and every staff member. We are blessed by those who care for us as much as they care for their families. It is […]

  • A Prayer for Advent 2020: Christ-Light

    A Prayer for Advent 2020: Christ-Light

    November 25, 2020

    The candles of Advent remind us of Christ-Light, Light of Life. The ritual of lighting the candles, contemplating the movement from darkness to light, the meaning of Christmas and birth of our Savior. Each person is the living legacy of Jesus, who commissions us to be Christ-Light in our world. Join the Dominican Sisters ~ […]

  • Sister Inspiration: Advent is my favorite season

    Sister Inspiration: Advent is my favorite season

    November 20, 2020

    Advent is my favorite season – it is a time of prayerful waiting and expectation. Advent helps me take the time to sit and reflect. This gives me a sense of hope, even when times are filled with conflicts. Michigan winters with snow gracing the landscape is breathtaking, crisp and refreshing! My favorite Advent scripture […]