Sinsinawa Dominican Sisters
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The Congregation of the Most Holy Rosary of the Order of Preachers, better known as the Sinsinawa Dominican Sisters is an American religious institute of the Regular, or religious branch of the Third Order of St. Dominic. It was founded in 1847. The General Motherhouse is located in Sinsinawa, Wisconsin.
The congregation was founded in 1847 by Samuel Mazzuchelli, O.P., (1806-1864) a pioneer Italian Dominican friar and missionary priest to the Upper Midwest. By the time of the founder's death in 1864, the community numbered nearly 25, and had blossomed to 100 within a decade. By the end of the century, the congregation had grown to almost 400 Sisters, and had begun to spread to work in schools throughout the region. Growth continued until the mid-20th century, when the congregation peaked at nearly 2,000 members in the 1960s. Like many other religious institutes, numbers then began to drop dramatically after the Second Vatican Council.
The motherhouse of the congregation, Sinsinawa Mound, has been called the "Hill of Grace". Since 1847, more than 3,200 women have ascended its slopes to take their vows as Sinsinawa Dominican Sisters, then departed to preach and teach the Gospel. Today, the Mound still serves as the motherhouse for about 450 Sisters and more than 240 associates. The congregation also sponsors Dominican Volunteers USA for men and women who wish to share in their work.
Sinsinawa Dominicans are called to proclaim the Gospel through the ministry of preaching and teaching to participate in the building of a holy and just society.
Called forth by God’s expansive love and mercy for all creation, we claim and embrace God’s mission to be our mission. As contemplative women of the Gospel, preachers of truth, and ministers of mercy—we hear the cries for mercy and compassion moving us to a radical Gospel response of unconditional love; we call ourselves to respond to the needs of immigrants and refugees and to seek ways to relieve suffering; we are compelled to risk our comfort and privilege to confront the evil of racism; we commit ourselves to the urgent summons of Laudato Si’ to care for Earth, our home. Graced by the Spirit and strengthened by our Sinsinawa Dominican legacy, we promise to hold each other in radical grace and respect as we set out anew together.
Sinsinawa Dominican sisters are dedicated to preaching and teaching the Gospel, believing that at the heart of ministry is relationship. The sisters are committed to participating with others to build a holy and just society in the United States and abroad through ministry, or service to others. They are called to a wide variety of ministries: some are teachers, counselors, and caregivers. Others are doctors, lawyers, and pastoral ministers. Currently, their missions outside the United States include Mexico, Bolivia, Guatemala, Italy, and Trinidad and Tobago.
- James Davie Butler. "Father Samuel Mazzuchelli". In Reuben Gold Thwaites (ed.). Collections of the State Historical Society of Wisconsin, vol. XIV. Madison: Democratic Printing Company, 1898, pp. 155-161.
- "About Us: Congregation History". Sinsinawa Dominicans.
- Rule, Constitution, Statutes, and Enactments of the Sinsinawa Dominican Congregation.
- "Sinsinawa Dominicans". Retrieved 2009-05-03.