The Dominican Sisters of Sinsinawa

The Dominican Sisters of Sinsinawa were mentioned in a Nov. 9 article in the Archdiocese of St. Paul/Minneapolis’ Catholic Spirit newspaper titled “Vocations: Blossoming into—and bearing—great fruit” by Archbishop Bernard Hebda. “On my way to Buffalo, I was privileged to participate in a ceremony that celebrated the legacy of the Sinsinawa Dominicans at Bethlehem Academy in Faribault,” he said. “While we were making a transition in the canonical sponsorship of the academy to Dominican Veritas Ministries, a structure created by the Sinsinawa Dominicans and four other congregations to perpetuate the Dominican charism in their schools, the event highlighted the singular contribution made by the Sinsinawa Dominicans to Catholic education in Faribault, beginning with the decision in 1865 to send 20 percent of their Sisters to . . . Minnesota to establish what was initially an academy for girls. It was the Congregation’s first venture outside of Sinsinawa. Those early religious Sisters were nothing short of heroic, and continued existence of Bethlehem Academy has to be attributed to their perseverance and to that of their successors, as well as to their commitment to collaboration with the laity and clergy of Faribault. . . . Let us be sure to pray for them. . . . May our provident God continue to prepare, inspire, and raise up young women and men to meet the unique challenges faced by this local Church in every age as we strive to make the good news of God’s love known and felt.”

The Sinsinawa Dominicans were also mentioned in a Nov. 7 article in Chicago’s Beverly Review titled “Neighborhood shines with little ‘s’ saints.” The author wrote, “I came across the name of my 4th-grader’s teacher recently when I was researching the Sinsinawa Dominican Sisters for a St. Barnabas 100th anniversary project. Her name was Sr. Marya Dugard [OP (1930–2022)]. . . . One of my memories of Sr. Marya was her love for saints. . . . She encouraged us to live like saints
. . . which to her meant being kind, compassionate, and helpful to others even when it didn’t suit us.” The author is helping asylum seekers in the Chicago area and said we cannot turn our backs to them because “Our community—and Sr. Marya—are counting on us.”