History

Lighting the Unity Candle
"How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of those who announce peace and bring good news." (Isaiah 52:7)
Christ Jesus announced peace in his Easter greeting to his disciples and by his radiant wounds. Not even death could prevent his transformation of hatred into reconciliation.

Dominicans have been preaching truth, mercy, justice, and peace throughout the world for more than 800 years. Their words and deeds foster Paschal Peace.

Easter Sunday, April 12, 2009, the Dominican Sisters of Peace were established: 650 Sisters in close collaboration with 500 Dominican Associates of Peace united to proclaim with one voice the peace of Christ!

Seven congregations of Dominican women religious based in Oxford MI, Columbus and Akron OH, St. Catharine KY, Great Bend KS, and New Orleans LA, spent four years thoughtfully considering the combination of all our resources. We voted in spring 2007 to found a new congregation so that we might preach with a new fire, live with a new spirit, and call others to join us in praising God's name.

We believe the Spirit of the Risen Christ named and commissioned us. As we contemplated more than 100 possible names, "Dominican Sisters of Peace" was not at the very top of the list. However, during Summer Assemblies in 2008 that name caught hold with passion and peace. What better signs of the mission we were given!

On December 15, 2012, the Dominican Sisters of St. Catherine de' Ricci merged with Dominican Sisters of Peace and were officially welcomed as members of the congregation during a Ritual of Welcome.

To learn more about the history of each of the Founding Congregations, please select from the list below:

Akron Ohio

Columbus Ohio

Elkins Park, Pennsylvania (de' Ricci)

Great Bend Kansas

Kentucky

New Orleans-Eucharistic Missionaries of St. Dominic

New Orleans-St. Mary

Oxford Michigan

Preach Peace... Build Peace... Be Peace.