Dominican Sisters of Mary
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.
New Mission in the Diocese of Peoria
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.
The Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist is a Roman Catholic community of women religious based in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Our community was founded in the Dominican tradition to spread the witness of religious life in accord with Pope John Paul II's vision for a new evangelization.
Through profession of the vows of chastity, poverty, and obedience, along with a contemplative emphasis on Eucharistic adoration and Marian devotion, our community exists for the salvation of souls and the building of the Church throughout the world. As Dominicans, our primary apostolate is the education and formation of young people. We remain open to engaging the modern culture with new forms of evangelization in order to preach the Gospel and teach the Truth.
The Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist are members of the Council of Major Superiors of Women Religious (CMSWR).
Founded in 1997 with 4 Sisters
Order has grown to over 120 Sisters
Average age of the Sisters is 30
Average age of the women who enter is 21
Sisters represent most of the States across the U.S. and Provinces in Canada
Teaching missions at 18 schools located in California, Florida, Texas, Arizona, Ohio, Illinois, and Michigan