Diocese of Green Bay: In 1869, five young Catholic women in rural Wisconsin responded to God’s call. They discerned that they should share their daily lives together in religious community. St. Francis of Assisi’s Gospel way of life inspired them. Their love for the Catholic Church and selfless dedication to the service of others guided them. Today, we Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity whole-heartedly live our vocation in the loving community spirit of our foundresses. We strive to live the Gospel in simplicity, built on faith in a loving God; joyful acceptance of poverty, love for the Church, and selfless dedication to the service of others
Diocese of La Crosse: As Franciscans we commit ourselves to promoting sustainability, seeking peace and justice for all, and inviting new members to join us on our Franciscan journey. The Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration have prayed 24/7 since 1878. This Eucharistic Adoration is the essence of who we are and what we do. Today our sisters, affiliates and prayer partners live a spirituality of Loving Presence in mission, in community, and in solidarity with the oppressed. We minister throughout the United States as well as Canada, Guam, Mexico and Africa. We offer a wide variety of ministry options including education, health care, parish—just to name a few. Let’s talk.
The Order of Preachers
We Adrian Dominican Sisters are 770 vowed women. We serve in various parts of the world: California, Mid-Atlantic States, Florida, Michigan, Illinois, Canada, the Dominican Republic, and the Philippines. We minister as lawyers, doctors, nurses, social workers, chaplains, and pastoral ministers in the parish, parish administrators, and educators in elementary, high school, college and university. We sponsor and own the following institutions: Regina Dominican High School for Girls in Wilmette, IL, Rosarian Academy, West Palm Beach, FL and two hospitals Santa Cruz, CA and Henderson, NV. We continue the Dominican tradition of preaching through prayer, study, ministry and community.
Dominican Sisters of Mary Mother of the Eucharist (OP)
This community was founded in 1997 and since then has grown to over 120 members from across the United States and Canada. The Motherhouse for this order is located in Ann Arbor MI, where the community runs two private elementary schools. Their primary apostlate is teaching and the sisters can be found in 18 schools in 7 states.
Drawn into the love of our God, we are vowed Dominican women preachers of hope: preaching by our very being, preaching the Word, and preaching in diverse forms through our ministries. Through prayer, study, common life, and ministry, we strive to live the gospel, embodying God’s compassion for our needy world. We are contemplative Dominican women who desire to become the prayer that we pray, both individually and communally. We have a passion for justice, a desire to be in right relationship with God, one another, and the earth. Our ministries are as diverse and creative as are the gifts and talents of our members. We serve primarily in Michigan, New Mexico as well as in 17 other states and in Peru and Honduras. Join our Sisters and Associates in preaching the Gospel!
Nashville Dominicans (OP)
Officially known as the Dominican Sisters of Saint Cecelia, these sisters have been teaching in Catholic Schools across America since the Civil War including Stillwater MN. Today the sisters have houses in 15 states, as well as in Canada, Australia, Ireland, Scotland, Italy and the Netherlands. In accord with the Dominican motto of
, Truth, the sisters continue to spend time in study about God and the world around them their whole lives. St. Cecelia is the patron saint of music and the sisters also share a love of music with the world.
In harmony with our Dominican heritage of study and contemplation, we strive to be listeners and bearers of God’s Word. We are women “committed to truth and compelled to justice” who serve by our life-giving presence in areas of education, pastoral and retreat ministry, spiritual guidance, health care, and social justice. We stand in solidarity with people who are oppressed and alienated by unjust systems. At this urgent time in the church and global community, Racine Dominicans invite others to join them in community life, prayer, and ministry.
As Dominicans we trace our roots to the 13th century when St. Dominic founded the Order of Preachers (O.P.). That provides us with nearly 800 years of history as members of a worldwide Dominican Family. Our U.S. congregation was founded in Wisconsin by an Italian Dominican missionary, Samuel Mazzuchelli, O.P. in 1847. Fr. Samuel, currently recognized as “Venerable,” is well on his way to being named a saint by the Vatican. Today more than 450 Dominican Sisters from Sinsinawa are “called to proclaim the Gospel through the ministry of preaching and teaching in order to participate in the building of a holy and just society” and minister in dioceses all over the United States and in Mexico and Trinidad and Tobago. Share in the vitality of Dominican life.
Other Women Religious Communities
Founded in Germany by Blessed Theresa Gerhardinger, the School Sisters of Notre Dame is a vibrant, international congregation of vowed apostolic women with approximately 3,000 members living and ministering in 34 countries. We are women of hope, committed to bringing Jesus’ message of love and unity to our world. Our life in mission integrates prayer, community life and ministry. Believing that our international presence gives us a unique global responsibility, we address urgent needs of our time, particularly those of women, youth and those who are poor. Engaged in a variety of ministries, we are educators at heart, believing the world can be changed through the transformation of persons. Some of our ministries include formal education, social services, parish and retreat ministry, health care and missionary service.