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.


Candidate Cathy Buchanan in New Haven, CT, was recognized for her service to the Albertus Magnus College Health Center. Cathy will begin her canonical novitiate at the Collaborative Dominican Novitiate later this year.



Candidate Cathy Buchanan was honored for her work with the Albertus Health and Wellness Center. Cathy will move on to the next step on her journey to becoming a Dominican Sister of Peace when she enters the Collaborative Dominican Novitiate later this year.










Sr. Susan Olson used a grant from Catholic Extention, the Leadership Collaborative, and GHR to offer a hand-up to the homeless and to a struggling artist in her community. Click here for the story from Catholic Extension.






St. Mary’s Dominican High School students next to the filled baskets are, (from left), Jenna Thomas, Izzy Tran, Victoria Volpe, Aria Dody, Campus Minister Claire Gallagher, Anna Taylor, Brooke Lambert, Emily Anding, Victoria Williams, Lauryn Williams, and Selae Walker.

Sisters Suzanne Brauer and Pat Thomas at the Peace Center, a ministry of the Dominican Sisters of Peace in New Orleans, LA, and students from founded ministry St. Mary’s Dominican High School took Easter “baskets” to residents of the Pine Street Apartments, an affordable housing complex with many senior residents. St. Mary’s Ecology Club, Robotics Club, Students for Human Dignity and Diversity, National Honor Society, and National Art Honor Society donated food and sweets and helped pack everything into them in cheerful reusable bags. Every recipient also received a ham from the Peace Center. This is the sixth year for students from the high school to treat Pine Street residents to an Easter meal.













Sisters in the Columbus Motherhouse have packed nearly 1000 bags for local homeless groups. Click here to read the story from the Columbus Dispatch.









Springs Learning Center Tutor Laura; learner Rosa, and Springs Learning Center Director Margaret Mary Kennedy.




Sr. Barb Kane used her grant from The Leadership Collaborative and Catholic Extension to assist families who utilize the Springs Learning Center in New Haven, CT. Click here to read more.






Sr. Annette Winter channeled a portion of her Sisters on the Front Lines grants from Catholic Extension and GHR foundation to Catholic Charities of SouthWest Kansas. Read her story here.




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”