About Us: Our Mission

From left: The Sinsinawa Dominican Prioress and Council 2016-2021 includes Srs. Colleen Settles, Betsy Pawlicki, Pat Beckman, Angelo Collins, Toni Harris (Prioress), and Pam Mitchell (Vicaress). The Leadership Council of the Dominicans of Sinsinawa 2016-2021 includes (from left) Srs. Colleen Settles, Betsy Pawlicki, Pat Beckman, Angelo Collins, Toni Harris (Prioress), and Pam Mitchell (Vicaress).

Sinsinawa Dominican Sisters are dedicated to preaching and teaching the Gospel. We believe that at the heart of ministry is relationship. Today, more than 400 Sinsinawa Dominican Sisters in the United States and abroad participate in the mission shared by all Dominicans: to proclaim the Gospel in word and deed. Currently, our missions outside the U.S. include Bolivia and Trinidad and Tobago.

Our home, Sinsinawa Mound, is located in southwest Wisconsin.

Our Mission, Vision, and Direction


As Sinsinawa Dominican women,
we are called to proclaim the Gospel
through the ministry of preaching and teaching
in order to participate in the building of
a holy and just Church and society.


In a world graced by the Holy Spirit
yet wounded by divisions, exploitation, and oppression,
we are impelled by God’s tender mercy
to commit ourselves in partnership with others
to seek and foster right relationships
among all God’s people and with Earth that sustains us.

Direction 2016–2021

Called forth by God’s expansive love and mercy for all creation,
we claim and embrace God’s mission to be our mission.
As contemplative women of the gospel, preachers of truth, and ministers of mercy—

  • •we hear the cries for mercy and compassion moving us to a radical gospel response of unconditional love
  • •we call ourselves to respond to the needs of immigrants and refugees and to seek ways to relieve suffering
  • •we are compelled to risk our comfort and privilege to confront the evil of racism
  • •we commit ourselves to the urgent summons of Laudato Si’ to care for Earth, our home.
Graced by the Spirit and strengthened by our Sinsinawa Dominican legacy,
we promise to hold each other in radical grace and respect
as we set out anew together.

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