Aquinas Literacy Center

About Aquinas Literacy Center

Aquinas Literacy Center started in 1996 in the basement of the convent at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church by the Adrian Dominican Sisters in response to the increased need for English-language literacy instruction in the McKinley Park community. Under the leadership of Sister Claudia Hinds, O.P. and Sister Rosemary Brennan, O.P., with the support of the Adrian Dominican Sisters, the Aquinas Literacy Center opened its doors and began simply, with two tables and five chairs.

Twenty years later, the need for English-language instruction continues to grow. Through one-on-one tutoring, supported with conversation classes, writing workshops, book clubs, computer learning opportunities and job assistance workshops, learners are able to improve their English-language literacy and achieve their personal goals. In 2015-2016, 150 volunteer tutors instructed 170 adult learners, with support from three staff members.


Aquinas Literacy Center is sponsored by the Adrian Dominican Sisters and is a member of the Dominican Rea Literacy Corporation. The Dominican Rea Literacy Corporation serves as the umbrella organization for the seven literacy centers that are sponsored by the Adrian Dominican Sisters.

Dominican Rea Literacy Corporation ~ Mission Statement

Responding to a crucial societal need, we, members of the Dominican Rea Literacy Corporation, exist to empower adults by providing basic literacy and life skills through individualized tutoring, in environments that respect and reverence individuals. We enable learners to transform their lives by acquiring skills to become successful parents, productive workers and responsible citizens. This mutual collaboration in adult literacy is a contemporary expression of the Adrian Dominican Sisters’ commitment to education.

The Dominican Rea Literacy Corporation serves as the umbrella for seven literacy centers sponsored by the Adrian Dominican Sisters to offer free tutoring and other services to adult learners. The centers offer an adult basic literacy program for native English speakers, as well as English as a Second Language program.

Adrian Rea Literacy Center (Adrian, Michigan)
All Saints Literacy Center (Detroit, Michigan)
Aquinas Literacy Center (Chicago, Illinois)
DePorres Place (West Palm Beach, Florida)
Dominican Literacy Center (Detroit, Michigan)
N.E.W. Life Literacy Center (Flint, Michigan)
Siena Literacy Center (Detroit, Michigan)
To learn more about each center, click here.


(25 May 2017)