On February 9, 1997, John Cardinal O’Connor of New York, canonically established the Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist as a community of religious women.
As he spoke to the four founding Sisters - Mother Assumpta Long, O.P., Sister Joseph Andrew Bogdanowicz, O.P., Sister Mary Samuel Handwerker, O.P. and Sister John Dominic Rasmussen, O.P. - the call of Abraham served as the heart of his remarks and, seemingly in a prophetic fashion, set the paradigm for the future years. Within three months of the community’s inception, the Sisters had listened and responded to God’s call by journeying in faith from the East Coast to Ann Arbor, Michigan. Bishop Carl Mengeling welcomed the community into the Diocese of Lansing, Michigan and gave his support to their desire to establish a permanent motherhouse, as well as to administer and staff small, private Catholic schools, each named Spiritus Sanctus Academy.
Through the generosity of a Catholic benefactor, the initial phase of a motherhouse was built and a firm foundation was established for the religious formation of the numerous young women seeking to respond to God’s call. Since its beginning, the community has grown exponentially, as young women have responded to its unique charism from all over the United States and beyond.
The founding of the Dominican Sisters of Mary was and remains an all-embracing “yes” in response to the Church’s need for laborers to enter the vineyard to plant, water and yield souls for Christ. Through the witness of their vows of poverty, chastity and obedience and a life of prayer and of apostolic service, the Dominican Sisters of Mary seek to transform the world for the good of souls.