For more than 125 years, the Dominican Sisters of Houston have served Houston, Galveston, the Sabine Area and other parts of Texas, California and Guatemala. Today, their membership is about 60, with one-third ministering in education, while others serve in parish ministry, religious education, social service, campus ministry, counseling, medical, legal, family and women's services, music and art, the Guatemala mission, retreat work, community organizing and refugee assistance.
With broader participation as part of their vision in 2008, the Dominican Sisters of Houston established the Dominican Family for lay women and men to carry on the Dominican charism of prayer, study, community and preaching. More than 150 individuals have participated in the discernment process, ultimately committing themselves to lives rooted in the Dominican values. The Dominican Family focuses on learning about social justice issues, building community with other family members and the Dominican Sisters, working to address social injustices, and praying individually and in community. Today, the Dominican Sisters of Houston walk side by side with the Dominican Family promoting the spirit of St. Dominic in a contemporary world through study and action.
We, the Houston Dominican Sisters, publicly commit ourselves to study and address the crucial justice issues of our times. We assume the risks in inherent in preaching and teaching the Gospel. We will work to transform social structures which oppress the powerless, ministering with them in our common struggle to remain faithful to the Word of God.
We, members of the Dominican Family are called to embody the Dominican charism, seek Truth, preach the word of God, and promote the dignity of all persons. As part of the global Dominican Family we commit ourselves to lives rooted in prayer, study, community and preaching. Through our gifts of diversity, we strive to grow together as co-creators of justice and peace.