Sister Joseph Andrew Bogdanowicz, O.P., one of the founders of the Ann Arbor Dominican Sisters, will present “Heroic Witnesses in the Third Millennium: If Tempted, Everyone Can Be a Hero” on Wednesday, March 4, at 7 p.m. at Mulder Chapel of Western Theological Seminary as part of a Lenten retreat organized by the Saint Benedict Forum.

The public is invited.  Admission is free.

Following the talk, the retreat will include a time of prayer and adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, with two priests available to hear confessions.

Bogdanowicz is one of the four founders of the Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist. As the community’s vocations director, she travels throughout the U.S. and beyond giving talks that employ Scripture, anthropology and psychology, guiding audiences to a greater understanding of the Divine Image in both male and female, and the authority God has entrusted to each – particularly the unique authority given to women in the Church. She has also contributed to various Catholic journals and magazines, and has led countless retreats for vocational discernment, youth groups, parishes and universities.


Recently, Bogdanowicz and her community produced a CD, “Mater Eucharistiae,” which received the honor of Billboard’s #2 Classical Traditional Artist of 2013. In her community’s 17 years of existence, the Sisters have grown from four to more than 120 members, with women coming from 34 states as well as from Canada. More information about the order is available at

The Saint Benedict Forum is an outreach of St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church, with which the college’s Campus Ministries program has a covenantal partnership.  While in West Michigan, Bogdanowicz will also be speaking during the college’s Wednesday-morning Chapel service, having lunch with students and teaching in a class taught by Dr. Jared Ortiz of the religion faculty.

Mulder Chapel is located at 101 E. 13th St., on 13th Street east of College Avenue.