Pope Francis

  • Sisters Pledge to Pursue Laudato Si’ Action Platform

    Sisters Pledge to Pursue Laudato Si’ Action Platform

    March 6, 2022

    We have been invited by Pope Francis to join with myriad institutions and individuals of the Church to journey toward integral Ecology. We undertake with courage, conviction, and compassion the responsibility to Care for Earth, our Common Home, and to stand with people who have been impacted by climate change, poverty, violence, and exploitation. We […]

  • Introducing “Our Common Home One Human Family” Laudato Si Video Series

    Introducing “Our Common Home One Human Family” Laudato Si Video Series

    January 24, 2022

    “Our Common Home & One Human Family” video series offers thoughtful exploration of some of the basic themes, principles, and values expressed in the book Laudato Si’© (On the Care of Our Common Home). “There is a nobility in the duty to care for creation through little daily actions, and it is wonderful how education […]

  • Reflections on Laudato Si’, the Encyclical by Pope Francis

    Reflections on Laudato Si’, the Encyclical by Pope Francis

    September 28, 2021

    Laudato Si’ – Encyclical on Ecology and Care for God’s Creation September 2015 “LAUDATO SI’, mi’ Signore” – “Praise be to you, my Lord.” These are the words Pope Francis used to open his encyclical on ecology and care for God’s creation. These words are originally from the first line of Saint Francis of Assisi’s […]

  • Lent and Love

    Lent and Love

    March 7, 2021

    Love, following in the footsteps of Christ, in concern and compassion for all, is the highest expression of our faith and hope. Love rejoices in seeing others grow. Hence it suffers when others are anguished, lonely, sick, homeless, despised or in need. Love is a leap of the heart; it brings us out of ourselves […]

  • Called to Love: Mirroring God’s Love

    Called to Love: Mirroring God’s Love

    November 13, 2020

    We are loved by a Compassionate God. If we are open to God’s love, we ARE able to show God’s love to all others in our universal human community. Our memory and empathy challenge us to act. Matthew 22:34-40 calls us to LOVE – to ponder the intertwining relationship between “love of God” and “love […]

  • Oct 10 World Day Against the Death Penalty

    Oct 10 World Day Against the Death Penalty

    October 9, 2020

    Our Dominican Sisters ~ Grand Rapids stance (2001) “commits us to make public proclamations for life when and where they are needed and to preach the justice of our commitment. We will be called upon to work in coalition with other groups, and to speak out at times of executions, to promote study and prayer […]

  • A Prayer and Reflection for the Fifth Sunday of Lent

    A Prayer and Reflection for the Fifth Sunday of Lent

    March 27, 2020

    In this week’s gospel reading, we hear the powerful story of Jesus raising his friend Lazarus from the dead. In the middle of the gospel narrative, one line in particular jumps out: “And Jesus wept.” What does it mean for us that Jesus, God incarnate, wept over the death of his friend? What does it […]

  • A Prayer and Reflection for the First Sunday of Lent Reflection

    A Prayer and Reflection for the First Sunday of Lent Reflection

    February 28, 2020

    In this first week of Lent, let us pray for a “loving awareness that we are not disconnected from the rest of creatures, but joined in a splendid universal communion” (Laudato Si’). Then, let us ask for mercy for the ways in which we contribute to broken relationships with God, our brothers and sisters, and […]

  • Aquinas College and Dominican Sisters~Grand Rapids Gather for Earth Day 2018

    Aquinas College and Dominican Sisters~Grand Rapids Gather for Earth Day 2018

    April 20, 2018

    Caring for our common home is the theme of Pope Francis’ encyclical on the environment. And every April, Aquinas College and the Dominican Sisters ~ Grand Rapids come together to steward Earth and our common homes in Grand Rapids. In celebration of Earth Day and the Dominican pillars of community and service, the Aquinas College […]

  • Dominican Sisters of Grand Rapids at United Nations Assembly on Nuclear Weapons

    Dominican Sisters of Grand Rapids at United Nations Assembly on Nuclear Weapons

    June 28, 2017

    Pope Francis stated: “International peace and stability cannot be based on a false sense of security, on the threat of mutual destruction or total annihilation, or on simply maintaining a balance of power. Peace must be built on justice, on integral human development, on respect for fundamental human rights, on the protection of creation, on the […]