Megan McElroy

  • Dominican Sisters ~ Grand Rapids Follow Historic Cross to New Home

    Dominican Sisters ~ Grand Rapids Follow Historic Cross to New Home

    February 23, 2022

    On Sunday, February 13, during Mass in Dominican Chapel/ Marywood, Sisters surrounded a wooden cross placed in front of the altar at the last Eucharist the community would celebrate in this sacred space. This cross has been with us in each of our motherhouses – in Traverse City where we were founded in 1877; to […]

  • Solemnity of the Holy Trinity — The Great Commission: A Reflection by Megan McElroy OP

    Solemnity of the Holy Trinity — The Great Commission: A Reflection by Megan McElroy OP

    June 1, 2021

    I have a necklace that on one side has an angel etched on it and on the other engraved are the words “Always With You.” It was given to me by a dear friend who has been like a second mother to me. Despite our age difference, we are what John O’Donaghue, the poet and […]

  • Even Now, Ash Wednesday Homily by Sister Megan McElroy, OP

    Even Now, Ash Wednesday Homily by Sister Megan McElroy, OP

    February 17, 2021

    We offer this warm, compassionate invitation to listen on this first day of the Lenten Season. God says to us, as God said to the people of Israel, “Even now, return to me with all your heart.” But, what about this summons, this invitation, causes the human heart to refuse, to hesitate to respond? Listen […]

  • “Somewhere in the West” — An Archives Story Map Project

    “Somewhere in the West” — An Archives Story Map Project

    January 29, 2021

    The Archives Department is excited to share our Story Map entitled “Somewhere in the West: The Historical Geography of the Grand Rapids Dominican Sisters” focusing on our Michigan pioneer predecessors. Story Maps are produced through an online application that combines text and images, and can include maps and other elements, to tell stories in a […]

  • Dominican Sisters Grand Rapids Lament Untimely COVID-19 Deaths and Injustice

    Dominican Sisters Grand Rapids Lament Untimely COVID-19 Deaths and Injustice

    June 1, 2020

    Be present as you are able. Be prayerful wherever you might be. On Monday, June 1, Dominican Sisters and employees gathered at a safe distance to mourn and lament lives lost. We tolled the bell in our Pear Garden, mourning those who have lost their lives to COVID-19. We lament the death of George Floyd […]

  • 30th Anniversary of Dominican Collaborative Novititate

    30th Anniversary of Dominican Collaborative Novititate

    January 31, 2020

    On Wednesday, February 21, the Collaborative Dominican Novitiate (CDN) in St. Louis marked its 30th anniversary. An evening of memories, song, and prayer at Aquinas Institute of Theology commemorated the occasion. This was an evening long in the making, scheduled to coincide with the three-day annual meeting of the CDN board of directors. This year’s […]

  • Can We Talk?

    Can We Talk?

    November 27, 2019

    I attended a conference last October where the speakers discussed the way we talk to one another. They used phrases like “language creates reality,” “brutalization of language,” and “crisis of conversation.” We often equate an opinion with the person and somehow question the person’s right to even exist. This is contrary to Catholic Social Teaching […]

  • “Justice” is a Ministry of the Dominican Sisters~Grand Rapids

    “Justice” is a Ministry of the Dominican Sisters~Grand Rapids

    July 25, 2019

    As vowed women religious and as a Congregation, it is the Gospel and Catholic Social Teaching that have called the Dominican Sisters~Grand Rapids to bear witness to the dignity of every human person. The Direction Statements of our Congregation guide our preaching and teaching; all based in the Gospel call. In the days ahead, we […]

  • Inspired by Faith to Make the World A Better Place

    Inspired by Faith to Make the World A Better Place

    December 17, 2018

    I recently attended a celebration here in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where 16 women and men over the age of 60 were honored. All of them are ordinary citizens doing what they can to make the world a better place. They are business owners, fire fighters, ministers, professors, advocates for crime prevention, for the elderly, for […]

  • Reflection: Monday of the Third Week of Advent 2018

    Reflection: Monday of the Third Week of Advent 2018

    December 17, 2018

    An Advent Reflection I recently attended a celebration in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where 16 women and men over the age of 60 were honored. All of them are ordinary citizens doing what they can to make the world a better place. They are business owners, fire fighters, ministers, professors, advocates for crime prevention, for the […]