On the Feast of St. Dominic we honor our founder’s distinct spirituality. Dominic valued the contemplative life as the foundation of active ministry in the world. He invited his followers, both men and women to live in community like earlier monastics, but these Dominicans also held “chapters” or legislative assemblies that empowered their members to democratically elect their religious superiors.
Rather than independent houses, each Dominican community is part of a large order of friars, brothers, cloistered nuns, sisters and lay colleagues organized in geographic provinces and positioned to address specific needs.
This dynamic “itinerant” Gospel work force was Dominic’s innovation in response to the needs of his time. His sense of mission continues to guide our Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose, who serve as administrators, educators and campus, parish, pastoral and prison ministers in Mexico and the US. Active and contemplative, each sister collaborates with lay colleagues as together we seek the truth in love as we care for the least among us.