Dominican Heritage Overview

As members of the Dominican Family, we partake abundantly in the incredibly rich Dominican heritage of 800 years, living our Dominican life in the context of the New Evangelization in this third millennium – thus the “new”.


Responding to God’s Call

We were founded in 1997 to spread the witness of religious life across the country in response to St. John Paul II’s vision for a New Evangelization.

Introduction to the Dominican Sisters of Mary
Introduction to the Dominican Sisters of Mary

The Life of St. Dominic

Our Dominican roots can be traced back to a dynamic man of the Gospel – who, in many respects, remains a more “hidden” saint behind his more well-known contemporaries. This dynamic father and founder, to whom a special charism was entrusted by the Holy Spirit to found an Order for the building up of the Church and sanctification of its members, is Dominic de Guzman, often called the Doctor of Truth.

St. Dominic Portrait
Portrait of St. Dominic

Saints of the Order

Our Dominican family is rich in saints and blesseds who have left us heroic examples of fidelity to Christ and His Church.

Saint Catherine of Siena | Saint Hyacinth | Blessed Jordan of Saxony | Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati | Pope Saint Pius V | Blessed Reginald of Orleans | Saint Rose of Lima | Blessed Sadoc and Companions | Saint Thomas Aquinas

Saints of the Order

Prayers for the Faithful Departed

The Holy Souls in purgatory hold a special place in the Dominican charism. Dominicans have been praying for the deceased family, friends, and benefactors of the Order for centuries. We embrace the faithful departed in regular prayers offered for the dead. Our deceased benefactors are lifted up in prayer in a particular way, through special prayers recited throughout the year.

September 5th is the “Anniversary of Deceased Friends and Benefactors”. On this day, the Sisters pray special prayers (the Office of the Dead) and chant the “Libera” (ancient prayer for the dead). Below you will find a list of the prayers we offer up throughout the year for deceased benefactors.

Praying for the deceased.

Prayers and Practices for Deceased Friends and Benefactors of the Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist:

  • Daytime prayer
  • De Profundis
  • Compline
  • Recitation of the Sorrowful Mysteries (2 times per week)
  • Morning offering for the suffrage of all souls in Purgatory
  • Holy Mass every Monday and Friday
Special Prayers
  • November Rosary of 15 decades
  • De Profundis Hall practice (silent, personal prayers of the Sisters as they pass through the De Profundis Hall)
  • Individual Sister assigned annually to personally pray and make sacrifices everyday for deceased benefactors of the Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist
  • On September 5, the Libera and special prayers for deceased friends and benefactors

Call For Giving

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Regardless of your form of support, please know of our tremendous gratitude for your generosity. We pray in a special way each Friday for our many supporters!
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