The Dominican Sisters of San Rafael have a long history in education, health care and outreach to those in need. Some of the institutions begun by the sisters in response to local needs continue to flourish through collaboration with lay colleagues; several continue to be sponsored by the congregation. Sponsorship is an ongoing relationship by which the Dominican Sisters influence an institution in a way that furthers the mission of both the institution and the Congregation. These sponsored institutions include:
Rose Court is a unique community and a dream-come-true in San Francisco. It provides truly affordable rental apartments for eighteen families, and a neighborhood childcare center for pre-school children. The building was retrofitted primarily with FEMA funds in the aftermath of the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake. The historic site had been part of St. Rose Academy, an important part of the story of Catholic education in San Francisco since 1862. The main classroom building was destroyed by the earthquake and the school closed in 1990. But our congregation’s desire to minister in the Western Addition neighborhood did not waver. Rose Court welcomed its first residents in 2001. Sister Cathyrn deBack oversaw the entire process and now serves as the Resident Manager.
San Domenico School
Founded in 1850 by the Dominican Sisters, and now located in San Anselmo, San Domenico School is dedicated to being California’s leading independent school, serving pre- kindergarten through twelfth grade students of all faiths, San Domenico is committed to excellence in education, preparing the next generation of global leaders. The school reflects our Dominican Catholic heritage which calls us to uphold the values of study, reflection, service and community.