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Margarita Solis-Deal

Dominican Center at Marywood Director

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Margarita Solis-Deal

Dominican Center at Marywood Director

Margarita Solis-Deal has served as director of Dominican Center at Marywood since May 2015. She is daily inspired by the Dominican Sisters ~ Grand Rapids and is blessed by the village that contributes to advancing the mission of Dominican Center. She remains spiritually hopeful and is grounded in her belief in a loving God that surpasses all understanding.

Education

  • Master of Science, Social Administration
    Case Western Reserve University - Cleveland, Ohio
    Major: Social Work
  • Bachelor of Arts
    The University of Akron - Akron, Ohio
    Major: Social Work
  • Associate of Arts
    Lorain County Community College - Elyria, Ohio

Career Positions

  • Dominican Center at Marywood, Director
    Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • Growing Hope, Program Director
    Ypsilanti, Michigan
  • Faith in Practice, InCountry Director
    Antigua, Guatemala
  • Catholic Charities Refugee and Resettlement, Office Administrator
    West Palm Beach, Florida
  • Archdiocese of Indianapolis, Coordinator of Hispanic Ministry
    Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Indiana University/Bradford Woods, General Manager and Associate Instructor
    Martinsville, Indiana

Birth Place

  • Lorain, Ohio

Ministries

  • Reflection writer for Saint Monica Daily Reflections

Spiritual Inspirations

One of Margarita's spiritual inspirations is Jean Donovan, one of the four churchwomen murdered by the Salvadoran military in 1980 during that country’s vicious civil war. Her short-lived life was guided by a calling she felt a strong need to answer. Her zeal for the people she met in El Salvador and her commitment as a laywoman to join the Cleveland Diocese mission team, inspired Margarita when she heard of Jean's story as a 20-year old. Being from northern Ohio, Jean Donovan's story moved quickly through the Cleveland Diocese. Her story in Ana Carrigan's book, Salvador Witness: The Life And Calling of Jean Donovan continues to inspire Margarita today.

Transformative Experience

Journeying and caring for her mother while Alzheimer's slowly overshadowed her mother's mind and memories - yet, could never take her spirit.

Life-Giving Practices

Early morning prayers, morning coffee, photographing beauty, immersion experiences into diverse cultures, walks that feel like workouts. and just being with her husband, Darryl Deal.

Currently Reading

The Prison Letters of Nelson Mandela, edited by Sahm Venter

Diane Zerfas, OP

Coordinator of the Center for Spirituality

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Diane Zerfas, OP

Coordinator of the Center for Spirituality

Carmelita Switzer, OP

Associate Coordinator of the Center for Spirituality

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Carmelita Switzer, OP

Associate Coordinator of the Center for Spirituality

Sister Francetta McCann

Art Gallery Curator

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Sister Francetta McCann

Art Gallery Curator

Sister Kathleen Przybylski

Bookstore Manager

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Sister Kathleen Przybylski

Bookstore Manager

Chef Kim Gauthier

Kitchen Manager

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Chef Kim Gauthier

Kitchen Manager

Emily Durkee

Accounting Clerk

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Emily Durkee

Accounting Clerk

Education

I am working toward my bachelor’s in business administration at Aquinas College.

Work experience

I’ve been fortunate enough to work at Dominican Center for 11 years now.

Who inspires you spiritually?

My mother.

What is your most significant spiritual experience?

Finding quiet, still moments to process life and escape into silence.

How are you dedicated to the mission of Dominican Center at Marywood?

I try to live out the values of the Sisters both in my professional and personal life: dignity, service, stewardship, collaboration, hospitality, inclusion, and learning.

What is your favorite inspirational quote?

It changes often, but right now it is “we rise by lifting others.”

Kit Fessenden

Front Desk Supervisor

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Kit Fessenden

Front Desk Supervisor

Yolanda Ramirez-Salto

Program Specialist

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Yolanda Ramirez-Salto

Program Specialist

Ren Miller

Front Desk Receptionist

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Ren Miller

Front Desk Receptionist

Samantha Jewett

Front Desk Receptionist

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Samantha Jewett

Front Desk Receptionist