Our Texas Expansion
In August of 2009, eight Sisters arrived in the Diocese of Austin upon the invitation of then Bishop Gregory Aymond with the goal of building a new Priory (large convent) and assisting the diocese with the mission of educating current and future generations of Catholic schoolchildren. Since our arrival, the Dominican Sisters of Mary have been working at a branch of the Sisters’ Mission Advancement Office located at the Diocesan Pastoral Center to develop and implement the plan for the community’s expansion into the area. They have also been teaching in three diocesan schools at both the elementary and high school levels: Santa Cruz Catholic School in Buda, and Holy Family Catholic School and St. Dominic Savio High School in North Austin. The Sisters deeply appreciate the welcome and enthusiastic support of so many in Central Texas, including, most importantly, the current Bishop, the Most Reverend Joe Vásquez.
In the fall of 2011, through the assistance of generous benefactors, the Sisters purchased 60.4 acre tract of land in northeast Austin, near Georgetown on the San Gabriel River. There is ample room on the site to build sufficient housing, and it is ideally located for the community to serve schools throughout Central Texas.
Mother Assumpta, Sr. Joseph Andrew, and our
Texas Sisters at the Blessing of the Property.
In September of 2013 we achieved our first major project milestone by completing the construction of our previously announced temporary mission convent on the site. Moving into the home allows a group of our Texas Sisters to live in community and work on-site to oversee the larger Priory project and support the community’s Texas development efforts. In addition to this convent – which eventually may be used as a guest house or chaplain residence - the Sisters will continue to maintain their current houses in North Austin and Buda. On September 21, we were honored by the presence of Bishop Joe Vásquez of the Diocese of Austin and Bishop Michael Mulvey of Corpus Christi as they celebrated the Rite of Blessing for this mission convent. Please enjoy the photo gallery from this event.
As a key next step in fulfilling our vision of spreading the Gospel message and the New Evangelization across the United States, it was an historic day, not only because the convent is our first permanent residence outside of Michigan, but also because it was the first time all four Foundresses were in Texas at the same time. We have sunk our roots in the rich Texas soil and we are there to stay!
The building of a Priory in Austin is a timely response to the growth the community has experienced, as well as a tremendous opportunity for the growth of the Church in Central Texas as we spread the witness of our religious life and the truths of the faith to generations of children through a solid Catholic education.