Elements Of Dominican Life

Window in the House of Dominic in Fanjeaux, France
Window in the House of Dominic in Fanjeaux, France

The heritage of Saint Dominic includes a deeply contemplative orientation to prayer joined with a passion to preach God’s Word in both words and action. This is expressed in the words of the Dominican theologian, Sain Thomas Aquinas: “Contemplare et contemplata aliis tradere,” which  means to contemplate and to share the fruits of  contemplation with others.

Dominican sisters and friars, also known as the Order of Preachers, live their lives supported by four common values, often referred to as the Four Pillars of Dominican Life. These four pillars are Community LifePrayerStudy, and Ministry.  St. Dominic called this four-fold pattern of life the “holy preaching.”

We, the Dominican Sisters of San Rafael, are committed to the apostolic life.  Common prayer, thorough study, and community living nourish us for our ministries of service.  In the tradition of Saint Dominic, we focus on the needs of those who are lacking, materially or spiritually. Throughout our history, we have been willing to engage deeply with the critical issues of our times.