In the opening verses of the book of Ephesians, St. Paul tells the members of this new church,
In God we were also chosen, destined in accord with the purpose of the One who accomplishes all things according to the intention of God’s will.
This verse has particular meaning to the Dominican Sisters of Peace in this year of celebration. As we look back on two hundred years of Dominican women religious in the United States, we know that when Fr. Samuel Thomas Wilson, OP, asked parishioners at Sr. Rose Church in Springfield, KY, to become members of the Dominican Order, not only were the nine women who responded choosing God, but God was choosing them to help accomplish God’s intentions in the newly formed United States.
From nine women in a tiny cabin on the banks of Cartwright Creek in Kentucky to an entire order of women – teaching children, caring for the sick and the aged, opening the doors of education for women and immigrants, being a refuge for families in need and an advocate for God’s beloved creation, Earth.
Like our patron, Dominic and our beloved sister, St. Catherine of Siena, we still strive to meet the people of God where they are…on the frontier, on their sickbeds, at the border, or in the church. And like our Order’s co-patroness, St. Mary Magdalene, we bring the Gospel of Christ’s Peace with us.
On this feast of St. Dominic, we are choosing to look not backward at the worthy work in our past, but forward to what we believe will be a bright and joyous future – a future where, with your love, your prayers, and your financial support, the Dominican Sisters of Peace may continue to accomplish God’s will.
- In April, the Dominican Sisters of Peace held their Third General Chapter. Over these four days, we adopted a series of Direction Statement to guide us for the next six years, including a commitment to inclusion, a pledge to care for Earth, a commitment to prayer, contemplation and preaching, and dedication to fostering the future of active Dominican life. We also elected a new leadership team to help shepherd our Congregation into this future.
- We are proud to share that as of July 2022, 606 acres of St. Catharine Farm in Kentucky has been placed into trust with the Bluegrass Land Conservancy, a nationally accredited, community supported trust that encourages the preservation of land. We are blessed to safeguard this precious space where Dominican Sisterhood began for future generations.
- Between 2021 and 2023, 14 of our ministries have celebrated major anniversaries. We are celebrating more than 550 years of nurturing and teaching the children of our church, 110 years of higher education, 100 years of care to the elderly and those in poverty, 50 years of education and assistance to those new to our country, 110 years of offering spiritual care to God’s people through our retreat ministries, and 295 years of preserving God’s precious creation, Earth. These and our other ministries continue to preach peace through our service to God’s people.
- In 2022, we have welcomed four new women to the Congregation as candidates. In the past year, two Sisters have made final vows and two have become temporarily professed. Through the grace of God, and the joyful ministry of our Sisters, our Congregation continues to grow and to prepare for a future of service to God’s people.
Just as our foremothers faced the challenges of their day, we look with hope and faith to the challenges now: a divided nation; Gun violence; Hunger in our cities; Continued devastation of our planet; Lack of compassion for refugees and the marginalized. These are the work that God intends us to do, and with your prayers, your support, and your financial donations, we are ready and able to do God’s will… to, in the spirit of our founder, Dominic de Guzman, to do everything – even the smallest things – to the glory of God.
We are each called and chosen by God to accomplish God’s will – to bring peace to the world. We are blessed to walk together with you in this work.
With a grateful heart,
Sr. Patricia A. Twohill, OP
Prioress, Dominican Sisters of Peace
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