Welcome to the Sisters of St. Dominic of Amityville

We Dominican women religious, called to be signs of joy and hope, commit ourselves to incarnating the Gospel, deepening our life of prayer, searching for truth, discerning the needs of the Church, and ministering to the people of God.

Mission

We offer the world our commitment to preaching the gospel, passing on the charism, and proclaiming the dignity and interconnectedness of life.

History

In 1853, four Sisters from Holy Cross monastery in Regensburg, Germany set sail for the United States to teach immigrant German children.

Join Us

Religious Formation is a time to measure your dreams and desire to serve God; to see yourself as part of the Dominican Life in prayer, community, study and mission.

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Ministries

The Sisters of St. Dominic cast a wide net seeking creative solutions to the complex and often controversial issues of our times.

We Dominican women religious, called to be signs of joy and hope, commit ourselves to incarnating the Gospel, deepening our life of prayer, searching for truth, discerning the needs of the Church and ministering to the people of God.

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November 15, 2018 is St. Albert the Great's Feast Day!!!
A Doctor of the Church...patron saint of natural sciences!!!
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Three delegates to join Iraqi Dominican Sisters in Kurdistan and Nineveh Plain, November 14-25

“We have family in Iraq.”

Dominicans throughout the United Sates have echoed this sentiment for many years, through much suffering of Iraqi civilians.

It has been four years since the Sisters of St. Catherine of Siena in Iraq, along with Christians and other religious minorities, had to flee for their lives from the Nineveh Plain as ISIS advanced. The Sisters returned to their hometown about a year ago to find it demolished. They have been facing the challenges of rebuilding.

This month three American Dominican women are visiting their counterparts in Iraq to learn firsthand about the rebuilding efforts. The delegation, organized by the Iraq Coordinating Committee of the North American Dominican Justice Promoters, in partnership with the Dominican Sisters Conference, is scheduled to leave November 14 and return November 25.

Those representing U.S. Dominicans on the trip are Adrian Dominican Sisters Rose Ann Schlitt, OP, and Nancy Jurecki, OP, and Gloria Escalona, a member of St. Albert the Great Chapter of Dominican Laity in Oakland, Calif.
rn about the status of their schools and other ministries, and plans for supporting thousands of families displaced by ISIS in 2014.

“My hopes center upon our sisters who have undergone immense trials and humiliations as they were violently uprooted from their homes, towns, and ministries by ISIS,” Sister Rose Ann said. “They lived as internally displaced persons in the Kurdistan region of the north for four years. Now, some have been able to return and literally try to pick up the pieces of their lives, convents, and ministries. They currently struggle at many different levels in their daily lives. Although I am unable to fully understand the depth of their suffering and loss, I will try to be fully and lovingly present to them and to express our solidarity with them in their present and future challenges.” she said.

Sister Nancy, Chief Mission Officer for Providence St. Joseph Health in Southern California, volunteered to be part of the delegation because of her deep, personal connections to the people of Iraq. She was influenced by a parishioner’s faithful intercessions for the well-being of the Iraqi people during the 1991 Gulf War, by her nephew’s service during the US incursion that began in 2003, and by her personal relationship with a sister from the congregation of St. Catherine of Siena, Iraq, with whom she lived.

Sister Nancy suspects she can’t fully comprehend the depths of the suffering of the Iraqi people, but she hopes to listen to their stories and be present to them. “Now, as much as ever, I desire to hear the stories and share the pain of remnant Christian families who are replanting their lives in the land where the Bible began,” she said. “In a sense, I will be fulfilling a desire and bearing witness to a unity that guns cannot destroy.”

Gloria Escalona, DNP (Doctor of Nursing Practice), is semi-retired and volunteers as a health care provider in homeless shelters, hospitals, and nursing homes around the San Francisco Bay area. She looks forward to returning to Iraq after her first trip with Voices for Veritas III in 2001. That Dominican delegation travelled in opposition to the UN economic sanctions that were decimating Iraq’s infrastructure, eroding civil society, and taking the lives of Iraqi children. “That trip was life changing,” she shared. “While traveling around the country was relatively safe, I could sense an impending conflict and more suffering for the people and wondered what I could do.” On that trip, she connected with the Dominican laity, a large and active group who taught catechism to Christian children and led Bible study groups in the neighborhoods. She is anxious to see who is still around and what they are doing. Gloria has several speaking engagements planned when she returns, at which she will share her photos and reflections.

[Congregation name] supports this important trip in which Dominicans from the United States show solidarity with their Iraqi Dominicans sisters and brothers’ mission and ministry.

Sisters from many of the 19 U.S. Dominican congregations have also written letters of support that were translated into Arabic and will be carried to Iraq by the delegates.

Follow the delegation’s trip on Facebook (WeHaveFamilyInIraq2018) and on the Dominican Sisters Conference website, dominicansistersconference.org.

The [Congregation name] invite you to learn more about our mission by visiting [Congregation website]. The [Congregation name] are part of a worldwide Dominican family, the Order of Preachers. For more than 800 years, Dominicans have continued to preach the Gospel in word and deed. Today, thousands of sisters, nuns, priests, brothers, associates, and laity minister in more than 100 countries around the world. To learn more about our global family, visit www.op.org.
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HAPPY JUBILEE FRIDAY And NATIONAL VOCATIONS AWARENESS WEEK! Today, we celebrate the story of S. Mary Hughes and her 50th anniversary as a Sister!!!

It was the turbulent ‘60s, and there was a strong resistance for conformity and organized religion yet…Mary Hughes had an undeniable yearning: a call toward Religious Life. Should she try it?
“There was a calling in my heart – just a feeling that I was supposed to be doing something else with my life,” she recalled. “I had this feeling that I had everything to gain and nothing to lose.”
So although she had a college diploma under her belt from Molloy College, and a job offer, she took a step of faith and chose to enter Religious Life as a Sister of St. Dominic of Amityville.
“As soon as I came in the door, I knew I was in the right place,” said S. Mary. “Their spirit was contagious. I knew here my heart could find a home.”
Her first ministry was early childhood education – which she loved! She said, that if it were up to her, she would never have taught anyone over seven years old. But God had other plans!
Although S. Mary served many years in the ministry of early childhood right up to teaching college students, she was pulled into leadership. In 1995, she was elected prioress of her congregation; and then again in 2007. She also has served as an elected member of the presidency of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR), an organization that represents 95 percent of Sisters in the US.
“The community challenged me to do other things,” she said. “I was mentored; I worked with wonderful people: Sisters, parishioners, families of school children. Although this is not what I would have planned for my ministerial life, I was given an opportunity to do things I would not have chosen to do on my own.”
Currently, she works with the LCWR, to help Religious congregations around the country transition into “completion” or make strong choices how to continue their calling as Religious congregations, as orders are typically getting smaller.
As she celebrates her 50th jubilee this year, she said, “I have such a sense of profound gratitude that I was called to this life ...God has been with me each and every step of the way. It’s been 50 years of opportunities to come to know God more, to deepen my life of prayer. I have been shaped and influenced by so many incredible people.”
Please, help us wish S. Mary Hughes a happy 50th Jubilee. We are blessed that she is one of our Dominican Sisters, called to be a sign of joy and hope in this world!
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