We, the Dominican Sisters of San Rafael, commit ourselves to the mission of Dominic: to proclaim God’s Word in our world.
Called to discipleship through our vows of poverty, chastity and obedience, we follow Jesus according to the Dominican apostolic life: we pray, study, celebrate and live out God’s Word in community.
With our lives thus centered in the Lord, we seek to extend His mission of truth and love in our ministry, bringing the Gospel to bear with depth and compassion on the critical issues of our times.
The Chapter of 1997 further defined a particular focus of our Mission Statement for our personal and corporate response.
We reverence and affirm the inherent dignity of each person.
We will work for transformation of attitudes and systems that deprive any person of dignity.
We Are The Order of Preachers
In a time when religious life was lived primarily behind monastery walls, Saint Dominic was drawn to a ministry and style of life which mirrored that of Jesus and the apostles. For Dominic the ministry of preaching the good news of the gospel went hand in hand with a simple apostolic life. Readiness to move in response to the needs of people hungry for God’s Word was, for Dominic, essential, as was the commitment to contemplation of the Word in prayer and reflective study.
The particular gift (sometimes called a charism) of preaching, given to Dominic and his followers throughout the centuries, continues to be the core of our Dominican life and ministry. To be a Dominican is to be called to preach. A preacher is someone entrusted with God’s Word for others, someone who is compelled to speak the words of truth, love, mercy and justice which she has received in Jesus Christ. So, while our ministries may not always involve “pulpit preaching,” we see our ministries and lives through the lens of preaching.