Celebrating 200 Years of Dominican Women Religious

By Katie Mahon, Communications Manager


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Embracing Faith Through Community

“But those who hope in God will renew their strength. They will soar on the wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” -Isaiah 40:31


2022 has been a milestone year for Dominican congregations throughout the United States as this year marks the 200th Anniversary of the first foundation of Dominican Women Religious in America.


In 1822, the Dominican Sisters of Saint Catharine, also known as the Kentucky Dominicans, began in Washington County, Kentucky. (1)


Since then, Dominican congregations throughout America have made their impact through ministry and by preaching truth, proclaiming the joy of the Gospel, and following in the footsteps of Saint Dominic. (1)


Today, in 2022, there are many Dominican congregations throughout the United States that consist of nearly 3,300 Nuns and Sisters, and to celebrate the 200th Anniversary, these Dominican Sisters will host local and national events to highlight Dominican Life and Mission. (1)


The theme of the 200th Anniversary celebration is “Pioneering Women of the Past, Innovators Shaping the Future.” This theme was chosen as “a nod to their beginnings on the frontier of new nations and to the two centuries of innovative ministry in education, healthcare, housing, spirituality, ecology, the arts, and social justice that continue today.” (1)


Several Congregations, including the Sisters of Saint Dominic of Blauvelt, New York, have already participated in the 200th Anniversary celebration by planting jonquil bulbs at their Motherhouses. The jonquils were a gift to each congregation from the Dominican Sisters of Peace, which the Dominican Sisters of Saint Catharine are now a part of. (1)


To learn more about the 200th Anniversary celebration, click here.