Our Sisters

Emboldened by faith, serving with joy.

Grand Rapids Dominicans have had the distinct privilege of serving in a wide variety of ministries. Each Sister brings her unique God-given gifts and talents to her ministry. Each Sister has a story uniquely her own. She has woven her threads of fabric into a vibrant tapestry made brilliant by the lives of Sisters who came before, the lives of those present today, and the lives of those who will follow.

For Sisters who have passed, we honor and celebrate their legacies. The    indicates a Sister  is deceased. View Sister Obituaries using the sort function.

Check back occasionally as we will be adding Sisters throughout the year.

We would love to hear from you about how the Dominican Sisters, or a special Sister, has influenced your life. Share your story.

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2017 Jubilarians

The Dominican Sisters ~ Grand Rapids honor the commitment of our members when a Sister reaches a specific number of years, a jubilee, in her religious life. Jubilees are celebrated at 25, 50, 60, 70, 75, and 80 years a Sister.  We also honor the Jubilee years of Sisters who have entered Heaven. We honor each woman and find ways to celebrate her unique contributions to the world and our Congregation during her Jubilee year.


Every Sister has a story to tell, and the common threads of our stories are enhanced by one another. The unfolding of the mystery of God’s presence in our lives is awesome. We are grateful for these holy women and we continue to be enriched by their lives. Each is emboldened by faith and serving with joy. Each builds upon the legacy of 800 years of Dominican faith and faithfulness.

Sister Jean Williams, OP

Sister Joyce Williams, OP

Sister Dorothy Ederer, OP

Sister Maureen Geary, OP

Sister Rosanne Szocinski, OP

Sister Mary Ann Barrett, OP

Sister Josephine Mary Birchmeier, OP

Sister Michael Ellen Carling OP