Building Peace: 200 Years of Dominican Catholic Nuns in the United State

This podcast shares the 200-year history of the founding congregations of the Dominican Sisters of Peace, beginning with the Kentucky Dominicans, the first congregation of Dominican Sisters, founded in Springfield, Kentucky in 1822.

The Dominican Sisters of Peace were founded in 2009 as a union of seven congregations of Dominican Women Religious: The Kentucky Dominicans, the Dominican Sisters of St. Mary of the Springs; the Congregation of St. Mary; Missionaries of St. Dominic; the Dominican Sisters of Great Bend, Kansas; the Sisters of St. Dominic of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, and the Congregation of St. Rose of Lima.

The Dominican Sisters of Dominican Sisters of St. Catherine de’ Ricci became part of the Congregation in 2011.

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EPISODE 4: Lignum Habet Spem: The Dominican Sisters of St. Catherine de Ricci

Narrated by Sr. Carol Davis, OP
Sr. Nancy Garson, OP
Sr. Aimee Ryan, OP

Featuring Sr. Carol Davis, OP, Sr. Nancy Garson, OP, and Sr. Aimee Ryan, OP, with guest voices Sr. Carol Gaeke, OP, Congregational candidate Terri Schell, and Mark Butler, OPA, as well as archival audio from Sr. Anne Lythgoe, OP.

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The Dominican Sisters of St. Catherine de’ Ricci established three academies in Cuba which were later taken over by the Castro government. When they arrived in Miami, the Sisters worked with Cuban refugees until 1971, operating the Dominican Retreat House (now known as Morningstar Renewal Center) in Pinecrest for more than 40 years.


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Dominican Sisters of St. Catherine de Ricci become a part of the Dominican Sister of Peace


EPISODE 3: A New Foundation: St. Mary of the Springs

Sr. Barbara Kane, OP
Sr. Susan Leslie, OP


Featuring Sr. Barbara Kane, OP, and Sr. Susan Leslie, OP, with guest voices from Alice Black, OPA, Mark Butler, OPA, Michelle Ganz, Ben Jolliffe, and Sr. Madeline O’Neill, OP.




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Construction of Sansbury Hall at Ohio Dominican University, founded by the Dominican Sisters in 1911.
Sisters Germaine Conroy, Susan Leslie, Manuela Crisologo-Gonzalez, and Mary Ann Connolly in ministry in Peru.











This image, from a 1959 vocations brochure for the Dominican Sisters of St. Mary of the Springs in Columbus, OH, shows the ministries of the Congregation. To download and print this image, click here. 


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EPISODE 2: Signadou – A Sign from God: The Kentucky Dominicans

Sr. Charlene Moser, OP

Sr. Barbara Rapp, OP



Featuring Sr. Charlene Moser, OP, and Sr. Barbara Rapp, OP, with guest voices from Mark Butler, OPA, and Donna Medley, OPA.



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The St. Catharine Motherhouse before and after the 1904 fire.


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EPISODE 1: Introduction, and a little “Nun-speak”


Sr. June Fitzgerald, OP
Sr. Ana Gonzalez, OP



Featuring Sr. June Fitzgerald, OP, and Sr. Ana Gonzalez, OP



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