Grand Rapids New leaders take office, prioresses gather for photo


Above: The Dominican Sisters ~ Grand Rapids have a new leadership team, elected in February, whose six-year term of service was effective July 1. Sister Maureen Geary (front, right) is the new prioress, with Sister Sandra Delgado (center) to serve as vicaress and Sister Mary Ann Barrett and Sister Lucianne Siers (left to right) elected as councilors. The new team, based at the Dominican Sisters ~ Grand Rapids Marywood campus, works with 235 sisters serving in ministries in Michigan, New Mexico, Louisiana, Montana, Peru and Honduras.

Below: More than 45 years of Dominican Sisters ~ Grand Rapids prioress leadership were represented at the June 27 conferral of an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from Aquinas College to 95-year-old former Prioress Sister Marjorie Vangsness (seated center). In attendance, were left to right, front row Sister Aquinas Weber (1966–1972); Sister Marjorie, (1972–1980); Sister Teresa Houlihan (1980–1988) and, left to right back row, Sister Maureen Geary, who became prioress on July 1; Sister Nathalie Meyer (2006–2012); Sister Maribeth Holst (2000–2006), and Sister Barbara Hansen 1994–2000). The only prioress unable to attend was Sister Carmelita Murphy (1988–1994).