Grand Rapids

April 16, 2019
Despite attending Catholic school for nine years, from preschool to 8th grade, I never met any women religious. Even now, as a student at a Catholic college, I have only briefly interacted with the Dominican Sisters affiliated with Aquinas College. I knew the Dominican Sisters were nearby and had...
April 11, 2019
The third time I met with Sister Michael Ellen was during the week of the Midwest’s polar vortex, and it had taken a toll on every part of the community. The power at Marywood had gone out, but luckily the sisters had one functioning elevator and some lights. Sister Michael Ellen guided me to a...
April 10, 2019
One of the last questions I asked Sister Tereska in our interview was to have her talk about her hopes for women religious and any advice she has for the next generation of sisters. When she had seen this question on the list prior to the final interview, I could already tell that she really...
April 09, 2019
As the weeks of this semester have flown by, I have reflected on how deep my relationship with Sister Donna Jean has become. We have grown quite close over the course of the semester, which is something neither of us expected. Each Wednesday afternoon at 3:20 we meet in Room 4 to discuss various...
April 08, 2019
One of the topics I enjoyed discussing with Sister Mary Catherine was community life. She talked about how, as part of a community, she always knew she had someone to call on for help -- no matter the time of day or night. I really understood the value of this type of relationship, as I saw...
April 03, 2019
While there are many words I would use to describe Sister Verona -- funny, quick-witted, compassionate and patient come to mind -- two particular traits I’ve noticed about her over the course of our conversations are her resilience and her willingness to face hardship head-on. These are...
April 01, 2019
Being born and raised in a Catholic family, I always felt great respect and admiration for Catholic Sisters. My grandmother would share how incredibly blessed was the family whose daughter chose the path of religious life, and although I did not attend Catholic school, I do remember going to Sunday...
March 28, 2019
Initially going into the SisterStory Project, I was not entirely sure what to expect. I had never met a Catholic sister before and I had no experience with the Catholic religion. The idea of meeting someone who was completely devoted to religion and had plenty of experience with it intimidated me....
March 27, 2019
The first time I met Sister Tereska was at Marywood for a welcome dinner to introduce us students to the sisters we had been paired with. While I could tell from the moment that I met her that we would get along very well, I did not get a good feel for her personality until our first official...
March 25, 2019
We sat at Sister Michael Ellen’s desk in the archives. I was watching a PowerPoint, and she paused on each slide to share some fun facts. It was a presentation she had made for the Diamond Jubilee (60 year) celebration of her postulant class of 1953. The care with which she chose the photos and...