I am originally from Grand Rapids, Michigan and I have five siblings. In June of 1995, I graduated from Davenport University with an Associate Degree in Allied Health (Medical Assisting). In June of 2000, I earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Human Resource Management.
While working in my field, I felt a call to enter religious life. I pursued a few communities and felt drawn to the Felician Congregation, specifically the Livonia Province. I was accepted into the Order in August 2002 and made my first vows in August 2005. I was then asked by my community to pursue a Master of Arts Degree in Pastoral Ministry and I received my degree in May 2008. My final profession was made in 2012. I served six years at St. Michael the Archangel Parish in Livonia, Michigan as Assistant Youth and Young Adult Coordinator and five years at Ladywood High School in Livonia, Michigan as Dean of Ministry and Mission until the school closed in June, 2018.
Presently, I serve as Co-Director of Deo Gratias Ministries Detroit and happy to serve the disadvantaged in east Detroit.
I grew up in Georgetown, Ontario Canada, third of eight siblings. I’ve been a Felician Sister since 1980. I had the opportunity to study at the University of Toronto, earning a Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies and a Master of Theological Studies degree. For 15 years, I was an elementary school teacher before I was elected to the provincial council of my community, where I served for eight years.
For many years, I was involved in developing our outreach ministry to disadvantaged people in inner city Toronto. I was on the Board on Directors, served as liaison between the Felician Sisters and the Executive Director, and was Mission Leader. While at St. Felix Centre, I learned the importance of honouring the dignity of all people, especially the poor and socially marginalized, and I began to understand the power of Christian hospitality as a basis for ministry. I saw first-hand how God brings people of good will together, combining their gifts in ways that are truly transformative. This led me to Detroit to begin an outreach ministry with some of my Sisters and other interested people.
I’m happy to be in Detroit and look forward to witnessing the miracles God will work through all the wonderful people who serve and are served by Deo Gratias Ministries Detroit.