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Our Motherhouse

photo of the DSMSJ MotherhouseA Sense of Peace

When people visit our Motherhouse for the first time they often comment on its beauty and peace.  This sense of the sacred is experienced in natural landscapes, historic grounds and the faithful witness of generations of Sisters who dedicated their lives to serving “the young, the poor and the vulnerable.”  The Dominican Sisters extend gracious hospitality to their guests and visitors, as the share the gift of their Motherhouse.

Conservation & Regeneration

This sacred land has nurtured our lives and mission and generations of first peoples who came before us.  We honor the beauty of our Motherhouse by caring for creation in environmentally sustainable practices and operations.  We also promote health and wellness in our community, which is located in the historic Mission San Jose district in Fremont.  We welcome your participation in Motherhouse programs, including working in our community gardens and participating in our annual olive harvests.

Historical photo of Dominican Sister processing olive oilGolden Oil

From the beginning our sisters tended olive trees and bottled the “golden oil.”

We continue to cultivate 200 trees, the largest remaining mission-era olive grove in California, producing extra virgin Dominican Sisters Oil –available only once a year at our Holiday Boutique. Our oil is also the sacramental oil for the Diocese of Oakland.

We promote environmental sustainability in our facilities, community garden, and recycling programs.

Our facilities are available year-round for arts, education, music and wellness programs.

Click here for information about available facilities and food services.