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 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.
Master of Science in 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
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
Place of Birth
Reflection writer for Saint Monica Daily Reflections
One of my 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 lay woman to join the Cleveland Diocese mission team, inspired me when I heard of her story as a 20-year old. Being from northern Ohio, her 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 me today.
Journeying and caring for her mother while Alzheimer's slowly overshadowed her 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 Darryl Deal.
The Prison Letters of Nelson Mandela edited by Sahm Venter
I am working toward my bachelor’s in business administration at Aquinas College.
I’ve been fortunate enough to work at Dominican Center for 11 years now.
Finding quiet, still moments to process life and escape into silence.
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.
It changes often, but right now it is “we rise by lifting others.”