New Mission in the Diocese of Peoria
The Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist, is a teaching Order of sisters who are considered, by many, to be the best teaching community in the United States. One of the fastest growing Orders, the Dominican sisters are vibrant, joyful, and in love with the Church.
The Dominican Sisters began their teaching mission in the Diocese of Peoria in August, 2013, with two sisters teaching at St. Jude Catholic School and two at Peoria Notre Dame High School. A convent has since been constructed, so the Sisters could permanently settle at the St. Jude Parish Campus. In 2015, St. Jude was blessed to have an additional Sister join our school community.
The Sisters’ mission in Peoria is to foster, flowing from the Dominican charism, the formation of our students spiritually, intellectually, and physically. Together with the lay staff at St. Jude Catholic School, they support the growth and excellence of our students as a whole persons, so that they too can go out and engage the culture with a knowledge of the Truth. The Dominican Sisters and St. Jude and Notre Dame staff seek to foster the holiness of our students, because holiness and happiness are synonymous in the light of Faith.
Educating in Virtue, Forming in Faith
At the heart of Catholic education is the Person of Jesus Christ. He is the Master Teacher. As Dominicans, the Sisters’ primary apostolate is teaching. As they engage in the new evangelization, the Sisters are open to new forms of handing down the faith, and in particular, the work of catechesis.
Women religious have been an integral part of the history of Catholic education in the United States. The Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist, seek to continue the tradition of educating generations of young people in their Faith and most of all, to bring youth into deeper relationship with Christ.
Drawing upon their own intimate relationship with Christ as women religious, the Sisters bring a conviction and a passion to their apostolate as they offer to others their knowledge of Christ and His Church. Formed first in the sanctuary and in the cloister as contemplatives, the Sisters are able to bring the Truth to the classroom with a faith formation that includes liturgical, doctrinal, spiritual and moral dimensions.
Pope Benedict said “The dignity of education lies in fostering the true perfection and happiness of those to be educated.” It is the Sisters’ hope to join in the great endeavor of fostering the true perfection in virtue of their students and all those they encounter, with an educational focus on the virtues as inspired by Saint Thomas Aquinas.
At this juncture in the Catholic Church’s history in our country, which is in such great need for the new evangelization spoken of by Blessed John Paul II, the Dominican Sisters serve the Church by deepening the renewal of Catholic education and bringing consecrated women religious back into the schools.