Ministries in Action

Responding to the needs of the day is an essential part of being Dominican. Just as St. Dominic called and trained itinerant friars and opened convents for the Sisters of that day, Dominicans have continued to respond to the needs of our times, ministering through education, medicine, art, science, and more.

Today, the ministries of the Dominican Sisters of Peace continue to serve, even as we are limited in our mobility by the restrictions caused by the coronavirus. Follow us around the country to see how we continue to serve the people of God.


Sister Nadine Buchanan packs bags of food and supplies.

Sr. Nadine Buchanan has ministered to the homeless and trafficked men and women of west Columbus for a number of years. While health issues and the COVID-19 pandemic have prevented her from visiting the streets, she continues to help provide food and supplies. Click here to learn more.





Former Saint Agnes Academy student Abby Heck is now a junior on the Notre Dame women’s golf team. In this article that she wrote for the Notre Dame website, she describes the end of her junior season of golf at Notre Dame and how she is giving back now that she has returned home to Memphis. Click here for the article.




Sr. Margie Davis and her group from Ohio Dominican University was one of the last to minister to refugees at the border prior to the COVID-19 shutdown. Please click here to learn about her visit and the refugees that this mission group was able to help.






Sisters Suzanne Brauer, Ceal Warner, and Pat Thomas from the New Orleans Peace Center continue their outreach to elderly neighborhood residents.





The Crown Point Ecology Center in Akron, OH, is sowing hope in its community by conducting its annual plant sale online, with drive-up, touchless delivery! We are grateful for the Crown Point team’s creativity and wish them a successful spring sale.




The Dominican Sisters of Peace have been involved in summer programs and outreach to those who are poor in Kingston, Jamaica since 1992.  For the past ten years, the focus has been on projects to empower youth in Riverton Meadows, the name of the community adjacent to the landfill in Kingston.  Recently funds have been shared through the Jamaica Education Fund to purchase soap, bleach, and disinfectants for residents of Riverton to help curb the spread of COVID-19.






Even as the staff of St. Mary’s Retreat House closed the doors this month after 60 years of ministry, read how they were still able to help the local community in Oxford. 



Tutors and learners at the Siena Learning Center in New Britain, CT, are meeting up on the phone during the COVID-19 quarantine to check in and keep in touch. Many tutor/learner teams have been together for a long while, and they miss their weekly meetings!



Primary students at Our Lady of the Elms may be learning online, but they still get a storytime!






Students at St. Mary’s Dominican High School in New Orleans are learning on-line….and student preachers continue leading the school community in daily prayers. Click here to view our students’ daily prayers.





Nothing can take the place of face-to-face meetings, but Dominican Learning Center tutor Tina and learner Taku are using Skype to continue Taku’s English lessons. Tina says that the opportunity to tutor in her slippers is a “distinct advantage of tutoring via Skype”