|Blog by Ana Gonzalez|
|Site of the first foundation of Dominican Women in the U.S.|
The original community planted their seeds and they blossomed in members called to religious life and ministries in the Blue Grass State and beyond. Members of the original American community branched out to other states like Nebraska, Ohio and Illinois and tended to the diverse needs of the church. In 1904 the first foundation of Dominican Sisters was threatened by a fire. After building a beautiful mother house, the community lost it all and was asked to send their women in formation back home and consider shutting down. Instead, the Dominican Sisters came together as a community, prayed and decided to trust in God and once again venture into the unknown future.
As a woman in religious formation, I was inspired by our visit and the story of the brave women who in 1822 took a leap of faith and walked into the unknown guided by God. Their bravery continued in 1904, when the community of Dominican Sisters trusted in God and rebuilt from the ashes of a fire that threatened their existence. Moved by God, the early American Dominican Sisters were aware that their ministry was needed. Our Pioneer Dominican Sisters heard the call, planted fertile seeds and provided us a rich heritage, which still fuels our ministries and serves as inspiration.
Today I rejoice in my roots! I carry my heritage with pride and I am inspired by the brave American Pioneer Dominican Women who embraced a full reliance on God and took a journey into the unknown. As I continue my Novitiate journey with my CDN companions, I pray that we can have the strength in God to pursue the call into the unknown and continue to build on the foundation of love and courage.
As a last note, I close this blog with one more celebration!
Today, we are also rejoicing in Joye’s Birthday!
Happy Birthday Joye!!!!