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Our Congregational Commitments

The Prologue to our Congregational Direction Statements, which approved by our Sisters at the Third General Chapter in 2022, reads:

Called by the Spirit and formed as women of the Church within the vibrant tradition of the Order of Preachers, We, the Dominican Sisters of Peace, with our Associates, journey together, inspired by the wisdom and faith of our founders and the great cloud of witnesses who have gone before us, as we embrace the future with courage and hope.

We are sent by God to be the Holy Preaching as we praise, we bless, and we preach the liberating truth of the Gospel of Jesus and labor with God for the transformation of all creation.

Our call to be peace, to build peace, and to preach peace requires that we read the signs of our times and interpret them faithfully in light of the Gospel.

Impelled by God’s own Spirit, the Breath of Love moving through the entire cosmos, we commit ourselves to seek truth and to speak the truth in love.

  • To foster and create cultures of inclusion by:
    • Committing ourselves to continued study of all forms of racism and inequity, both their historical development and their present-day manifestations;
    • Pledging ourselves to take action to move towards eradicating the sin of racism and exclusion;
    • Engaging in the work of restorative justice.
  • To treasure and reverence Earth by
    • Living the truth proclaimed by Laudato Si’;
    • Acting to reduce our carbon footprint;
    • Advocating in solidarity with others in caring for Earth.
  • To foster lives of prayer and contemplation by:
    • Growing in and witnessing to the transformative power of Gospel living;
    • Embodying and promoting peace-making and reconciliation;
    • Working with others to heal the wounded Body of Christ in our world.
  • To Prophetic Preaching of the Gospel message by:
    • Using the lens of Truth to discern reality in all areas of our life and mission;
    • Speaking Truth in our words, actions and lives;
    • Partnering with others to confront injustice wherever it exists.
  • Toward the future of Dominican Life by:
    • Exploring emerging forms of Dominican Life and Mission with the Congregations of the Dominican Sisters Conference and Dominican Sisters International;
    • Participating in and supporting our congregational “Moving Forward in Peace” process;
    • Welcoming and promoting the call to Dominican life as vowed members and associates.

Every six years, after much prayer and study, the Dominican Sisters of Peace meet to develop the goals for the Congregation in light of the current needs of the Church and the world around us. Our Congregational Commitments, detailed above, are the results of that discernment.

These goals, or Commitments, are followed by every Sister and every Associate of the Dominican Sisters of Peace. Our Congregational Commitments are the foundation for planning and implementation in the ministries of the Congregation.

St. Dominic formed a preaching order in response to a heresy, or false faith, that was taking root in the world around him. Today, Dominicans respond to the needs of the day with their prayer, their preaching, and their ministry.

Our Corporate Stances

The Dominican Sisters of Peace, after study and prayer, have taken a number of public stances on important issues of justice in our world today.

Read our Corporate stances here