GivingFrom 1860 to the Present

In 1860 four Dominican sisters came to Nashville, Tennessee at the invitation of Bishop James Whelan, O.P. to begin a new foundation and to serve in the apostolate of teaching. Throughout their almost one hundred and fifty year history, the Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia have remained steadfast in their commitment to consecrated life.

Over the past twenty years they have been blessed with renewed growth in religious vocations to their community. Recently they were faced with the challenge of accommodating these growing numbers in an aging Motherhouse that simply did not have enough space. Relying on God, and with the help of many friends and family members, the sisters were able to not only renovate their historic motherhouse but also expand it to accommodate the new growth.

During the past two decades, this renewed growth has also allowed the Dominican Sisters to broaden their educational apostolate, reaching thousands more students and families with the message of Christ. The sisters can now be found in 32 schools located in 13 states, helping students from preschool through college to deepen their knowledge of God and the teachings of the Church, while at the same time providing quality academic education.

Blessing of Continued Growth

The new life that God is sending is a sign of a springtime in the Church. The novitiate numbers almost 50 sisters with 12 novices making first profession, 6 postulants receiving the habit, and 18 young women entering the community this past summer.

Just as this same growth was cause for the sisters to embark on the renovation and expansion of their century-old Motherhouse, it has also prompted the Congregation to look at current and future needs.

A Gift for Today

The Congregation relies primarily on the sisters’ teaching stipends as the regular source of income to provide for the costs of operating a Motherhouse now doubled in size, the formation and education of the sisters, and the ever-increasing costs of healthcare, especially for their retired and infirm members. Stipends alone clearly do not yield sufficient funds to meet these very necessary expenses.

How You Can Help


You can assist the Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia by participating in their life and mission through a financial gift. Your gift would be used for daily living expenses as well as larger areas of need, including education and formation, maintaining the Motherhouse and building endowments for the future.