About Religious Life

What is religious vocation? In professing our vows as Sisters we promise to give of ourselves — through faith in God and in service to the Church and to the world.

Consecrated life is a response to God’s invitation to deep friendship and loving service to others. In living a vocation, we give witness to the life of Jesus through vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience.

“Be who God meant you to be and you will set the world on fire,” said Saint Catherine of Siena, one of our patron saints and an early doctor of the Church. The freedom, so explicit in her words, has led each of our Sisters to share herself with the world through ministries of all kinds.


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Religious life is a vocation to live Gospel values.

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Both Saint Dominic de Guzman and Saint Catherine of Siena, our patrons, spoke and lived the Word of God preaching mercy and hope against inhumanity. Courageously, they questioned systemic thinking and behaviors, and in doing so, changed history. They are among many women and men of history whose ideas, values, beliefs, and manner of living changed the world.

Contact: Sister Chela Gonzalez, OP, Vocation Director



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What does it mean to “be mercy” and “be mercied”?


“Our patron, St. Dominic de Guzman, preached that mercy is a gift from God and he traveled to spread the Good News. In the Dominican tradition, we trust in the truth that we are formed, and transformed — over and over — through the pillars of our Charism: prayer, study, community, and service. And, as preachers, we extend invitation to you, to others, to be transformed in the same way.  Two of the ways we foster the ability to let ourselves be mercied is through contemplation and study. Contemplative prayer is a practice that we can cultivate ourselves and teach to others as we listen for God’s promise of mercy, love, justice, hope. These are the truths we seek.” – Sister Maureen Geary, OP

What is the Dominican Charism?


Our Dominican Charism, our mission, has not changed since the days of Dominic de Guzman, our patron saint and founder of the Dominican Order of Preachers. It is, however, for us to renew the spirit of our mission so as best to meet the needs of humankind today. As seekers of Truth, we Dominicans, through prayer, study, and contemplation see the problems of tomorrow’s world and be ready, with courage and reason, to bring the answer of Christ to these problems. That is our Charism.

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