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.

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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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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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It is the Feast Day of our Dominican brother Blessed Francis of Capillas- a Spanish missionary and one of the early martyrs in China. Blessed Francis was truly on fire with God's love. Along with a friend, Friar Francisco Díez, OP, the two friars arrived in the Province of Fujian/Fukien, on mainland China, in March 1642, where they joined a fellow Dominican who had survived an earlier period of persecution.
They then embarked upon a fruitful period of evangelization among the Chinese people of the region, especially in the cities of Fu’an, Fogan and Ting-Moyang Ten.
They were so successful that they were able to establish a community of the Third Order of Saint Dominic. On November 4, 1647, there was a huge change of fortune for the mission. That day, Díez died of natural causes. Later that same day, Manchurian forces, in their conquest of the Ming dynasty, invaded the region and seized the city of Fu’an, where the missionaries were based. They were hostile to Christianity and immediately began to persecute the Christians. On November 13, 1647, De Capillas was captured while returning from Fogan, where he had gone to administer the sacraments to a sick person. Francis, like his Master, was subjected to a mock trial. Civil, military, and religious officials questioned him, and they accused him of everything from political intrigue to witchcraft. He was charged with disregarding ancestor worship and being a spy, and, finally, since they could “find no cause in him,” he was turned over to the torturers. He endured the cruel treatment of these men with great courage. Seeing his calmness, the magistrates became curious about his doctrines. They offered him wealth, power, and freedom, if he would renounce his faith, but he amazed and annoyed them by choosing to suffer instead. They varied the tortures with imprisonment, and he profitably used the time to convert his jailor and fellow prisoners. Even the mandarin visited him in prison, asking Francis if he would renounce his faith or would he prefer to suffer more. Being told that he was glad to suffer for Christ, the mandarin furiously ordered that he be scourged again “so he would have even more to be glad about.” Enduring many insults, he was taken to the worst local prison, where he suffered the torture of having his ankles crushed while being dragged. He was scourged, repeatedly bloodied, but he endured the tortures without cries of pain, so that judges and torturers were surprised at the end. He was moved, almost dying, to a prison where they locked up those criminals condemned to death. His conduct was uplifting, and aroused the admiration of others sentenced to death and even the prison guards themselves, who allowed food to be brought to him, that he not die of hunger.

While in prison, he wrote: “I am here with other prisoners and we have developed a fellowship. They ask me about the Gospel of the Lord. I am not concerned about getting out of here because here I know I am doing the will of God. They do not let me stay up at night to pray, so I pray in bed before dawn. I live here in great JOY (Ed. emphasis added) without any worry, knowing that I am here because of Jesus Christ. The pearls I have found here these days are not always easy to find.”

Francis was finally condemned, as it says in the breviary, as “the leader of the traitors,” these being (presumably) the rebel army that was besieging the city. The official condemnation is stated in those words: “After long suffering, he was finally beheaded and so entered into the presence of the Master, who likewise suffered and died under a civil sentence."
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Dominican Hospitality Houses: It began here (& Continues) !
The first Dominican House of Hospitality opened in 2013 as a project of the Sisters of Saint Dominic of Amityville. Since then, two additional houses have opened - one in Wisconsin and the other in Chicago!
This year, the Community of St. Hugh of Lincoln in Huntington Station, NY is bustling with activity! Currently, there are four sisters, two Dominican Volunteers (young people) and two young adults living in the House of Hospitality. Members of the community are very engaged with their respective ministries, volunteer sites or educational pursuits. The community makes it a point to share communal prayer during the weekdays. Prayer is led by a different member of the community each week which has led to the sharing of a wide variety of prayer and styles. The community also makes it a point to share a community meal (usually dinner) each day for those who are in the house. This meal is a time to share with others what is happening in their lives, discuss the news of the day, and explore a myriad of topics that make these meals a prime example of the Dominican Pillar of Study.
These houses provide an opportunity for intergenerational learning where the community learn together and from each other to gain skills, values, and knowledge. What a blessing!
FOR MORE INFO, go to dymusa.org or write to info@dymusa.org. (To Sean or S. Gina)
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