Motherhouse of the Dominican Sisters of Peace - Saint Catharine, Kentucky
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N 37° 42.505 W 085° 15.585
16S E 653398 N 4174888
Quick Description: The Motherhouse of the Dominican Sisters of Peace AKA Dominicans of St. Catharine is located in Saint Catharine, Kentucky and serves the regional community and several missions.
Location: Kentucky, United States
Date Posted: 3/20/2010 2:24:35 PM
Waymark Code: WM8E5B
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member silverquill
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Long Description:
The following is sited from the web page of the order:

"A history of the Dominicans of St. Catharine:

When revolution and religious oppression were decimating religious orders in Europe, Edward Dominic Fenwick, OP dreamed of saving the English Province of Dominicans by starting a branch of it in the United States. It was a good dream but his friend Luke Concanon, OP (first bishop of New York) suggested a broadening of the vision asking the Master General Joseph Gaddi, OP to form a separate American Province in tune with the new country. So the dream came alive but in a different way.

Fr. Fenwick proceeded to offer his new dream to Bishop John Carroll indicating that he wanted to set up a college and seminary in Maryland. Bishop Carroll told the eager young Dominican to establish the first foundation in Kentucky where the settlers were crying for priests.

Again Fr. Fenwick adapted to the change in his dream and began the first Dominican Province in the United States at St. Rose, Springfield, Kentucky. Part of the dream was to have Dominican Sisters to educate the children in the settlement. With the help of Samuel T. Wilson, OP he obtained the necessary permissions and began preparations. The first foundation of Dominican Sisters in the United States began in Kentucky in 1822 when nine young women answered the impassioned plea of Samuel Thomas Wilson, OP, to teach the children of the pioneers. On April 7, 1822 four of the women received the habit of Saint Dominic: Mariah Sansbury, Mary Carrico, Severly Tarleton and Judith McMan. Their first convent was a one-room log cabin loaned to them by the Dominican friars. Their first school, St. Magdalene Academy, was an abandoned still house on the property brought as dowry by Angela and Benven Sansbury.

Mariah Sansbury, now Sister Angela Sansbury, was elected the first prioress. Mother Angela, the first woman received into the Kentucky foundation is, considered the foundress of the Dominican sisterhood in the United States. Six of the original nine were closely related. Most of their families had migrated from Prince George County in Maryland, to Cartwright Creek, Kentucky. One exception was Mrs. Judith McMan from Ireland. She and her husband agreed to separate in order for both to enter religious life. He was ordained in St. Louis and, she returned to Ireland to minister among the poor in the Archdiocese of Dublin.

Enrollment in St. Magdalene Academy increased rapidly, necessitating expansion within a short time. The years that followed held many challenges and a name change. The community took the name Catharine, after St. Catharine of Siena. A beautiful structure was built in the valley only to be destroyed by fire in 1904. The Sisters thanked God that no life was taken during the horrendous fire that destroyed St. Catharine's. Their hearts were broken but their spirits and determination were not crushed. They resolved to rebuild. This time, however, not in the valley but on the Heights. The dream would not die but live.

Although education of youth was their initial purpose, over the years the Sisters expanded their ministry to include many other works throughout the country and the world. The pursuit of the dream required risk-taking, courageous endurance of poverty and perseverance in the face of opposition. The community's unwavering trust was tested by epidemics, droughts and war. It called for resolution when faced with threats of disbandenment and was strengthened by the Sisters adaptability to changing times.

Today other daughters of St. Dominic and Mother Angela Sansbury carry on the dream of the first Sisterhood in the United States known as the Congregation of St. Catharine of Siena, Kentucky. Sisters and Associates keep the dream alive by continuing to venture into an unknown future. Their ministries include preaching, education at all levels, health service, pastoral ministry and chaplaincy, social work, legal services and social justice ministry. Their Mission Statement calls them to search for truth, to hear and proclaim God's Word, promote the dignity of persons and participate in the mission of the Church through their call to teach, to heal, to serve, and to transform oppressive structures." The dream lives on in each of them and in each age it is shaped and reshaped to respond to the needs of God's people.”

The address of the Motherhouse is:
2645 Bardstown Road
St. Catharine, Kentucky 40061

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Full name of the abbey/monastery/convent: Motherhouse of the Dominican Sisters of Peace

2645 Bardstown Road
St. Catharine, KY United States

Religious affiliation: Roman Catholic

Date founded/constructed: 1822 / 1904

Web Site: [Web Link]

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