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  • Pure JOY at Dominican Center Marywood at Aquinas College

    Pure JOY at Dominican Center Marywood at Aquinas College

    May 10, 2022

    In this life, there is Just One You (JOY). You are a creator and the subject of your creation is your joyful life experience. At our recent JOY Retreat, mentors, staff, and spiritual directors with Dominican Center Marywood at Aquinas College invited guests to a variety of guided prayerful practices. It truly was a morning […]

  • A Message from Sandra Delgado, Prioress, Dominican Sisters ~ Grand Rapids

    A Message from Sandra Delgado, Prioress, Dominican Sisters ~ Grand Rapids

    September 16, 2021

    Dear Friends, We are all beginning to feel relief from more than 18 months of isolation and distance from our families, friends, colleagues, worshipping communities, and all who have a role in our lives. Our lives came to a halt from one day to the next. While we maintained ‘social distancing’ from the world around […]

  • Reflections on Community, Isolation and Presence in the Age of Zoom

    Reflections on Community, Isolation and Presence in the Age of Zoom

    August 19, 2021

    What is presence in the age of Zoom? What does it mean to be present on a Zoom call? As a spiritual director, what does it mean when you cannot be physically present with your directee? How do you practice when you no longer have access to your place of practice? What is this mystery […]

  • Apprentice Presence at Dominican Center

    Apprentice Presence at Dominican Center

    August 19, 2021

    Dominican Center initiated the role of apprentices in 2019. Apprentices have already participated in our programs and now are immersing themselves in the Dominican spirit: hospitality, invitation, and contemplation in support of our formation team. Currently, Amanda Dobson has been working with Carmelita Switzer OP in Foundations in Spirituality. Andy Rebollar has joined Diane Zerfas […]

  • A Celebration of Spiritual Direction Ministry and New Spiritual Directors

    A Celebration of Spiritual Direction Ministry and New Spiritual Directors

    May 26, 2021

    This past Saturday morning, May 22, the Dominican Sisters ~ Grand Rapids and the Dominican Center Spiritual Direction Ministry celebrated six newly certified spiritual directors upon their recent completion of the 2-year Practicum experience. They were invited to a special ministry blessing joined by the community of spiritual directors who make their home at Dominican […]

  • Because of Dominicans, I am …

    Because of Dominicans, I am …

    May 26, 2020

    On an evening in March 2020, Dominican Center celebrated the ministry of Spiritual Direction. Spiritual Directors gathered to reconnect and to reflect on the impact the ministry has on their lives and on the lives of those with whom they walk. Spiritual Director Esther Yff-Prins shared this reflection; may her powerful message enrich your own […]

  • Insights and Wisdom Regarding My Spiritual Direction Ministry

    Insights and Wisdom Regarding My Spiritual Direction Ministry

    April 13, 2020

    This post is part of Dominican Center's series Stay in the Light ~ Stories of Prayer and Hope During a Pandemic. At Dominican Center, we believe we are prayer in action, and that connection, contemplation, and creativity will see us through these unsettling times and help us find and be in light. We invite you […]

  • What Do You Do When You “Fail” as a Spiritual Director?

    What Do You Do When You “Fail” as a Spiritual Director?

    January 21, 2019

    “I held my best friend in my arms as he died from a heroin overdose.” Those were the words my new directee, Chris*, spoke as he introduced himself during our spiritual direction session. He’d just entered the rehab center where I volunteer. It was the first of our weekly meetings that would continue for four months […]