Every six years, after prayer and study, the Dominican Sisters of Peace commit themselves to a specific direction and focus.
The Prologue to our Direction Statements 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.
The Direction Statements approved at the 2022 General Chapter include:
Impelled by God’s own Spirit, Love impels us…
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.
To download a copy of a prayer card with Direction Statements, please click here.