The OP after our names stands for “Order of Preachers,” the formal name of the religious order founded in 1216 by St. Dominic. As Dominicans, we preach with our lives—in both word and deed—guided by a search for truth (veritas) and a commitment to contemplate and share the fruits of our contemplation (contemplate et aliis tradere). 

Our Dominican lives are shaped by the interconnecting movements of study, prayer, communal life, and ministry. 

Dominic so firmly believed in the importance of study to the preaching mission that he provided a rule of “dispensation” from other responsibilities in the event they interfered with study. We are women committed to study. Through prayer and contemplation we interiorize our learnings and enter into communion with the Source of all truth. Our communal life orients us to the common good of the whole Earth community. And in ministry, our preaching takes effect.

As women of the Gospel, our preaching is also expressed in word. Read reflections on the Word of God posted by Adrian Dominican Sisters and Associates on the Praedicare Blog below.


Martin Luther King Day, 2021

Fran Nadolny, OPMartin Luther King, Jr. Day
Preaching by Fran Nadolny, OP

January 18, 2021

This is such a rich day to preach. This is the first day of the International Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. It is the federal holiday for Martin Luther King Jr., which is designated as a national day of service for the betterment of our communities. It is the beginning of the congregation’s honoring and learning about influential black Catholic leaders—our first being Fr. Augustus Tolton, the first black American priest who was never accepted into a U.S. seminary, so he had to study in Rome. Today begins a week of Inauguration events and a national acknowledgement of our sufferings caused by the coronavirus. So where do I begin, where do we conclude?

Based on the richness of today, our Liturgical Ministries department selected the readings and paralleled Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount and Dr. King’s last speech entitled “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop.” Jesus’ presentation on a little hill was at the beginning of his public ministry. In reality, he was laying out the plan, informing those who were inclined to follow him that these are the guidelines; if you cannot follow them, then this is not the way for you. And we all continue to do our best to follow this way.

Dr. King’s speech, “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop,” was given the day before he was assassinated and was in support of the Memphis sanitation workers’ strike that highlighted the abuse and disregard of black employees. Dr. King encouraged unity and non-violent protests of the injustices. Fifty-three years later the goal continues to lie before us:  unity and non-violence.

So, on this day, in this historic week, I propose this Sermon in St. Catherine Chapel:

  • Blessed are you who have been ignored and degraded because of the color of your skin; may you experience our acceptance.
  • Blessed are you who mourn loved ones taken or affected by COVID; may you experience our cooperation with difficult protocols. 
  • Blessed are you who patiently wait in lines for healthcare, for food supplies, for unemployment checks, for access to good schools; may you experience our advocacy for true equity.
  • Blessed are you who engage in theological dialogue and disputatio; may you experience our appreciation of the richness and fullness of your beliefs.
  • Blessed are you who proclaim and practice non-violence; may you experience our own practice of it as the norm and not the exception.
  • Blessed are you who have not been welcomed in our neighborhoods, in our gatherings, at our borders; may you experience our deep desire to be open and accepting. 
  • Blessed are you who seek truth, make peace, reverence life; may you experience transformation within yourselves through your prayer and/or your actions.

As St. Paul wrote to the Philippians, “Whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just…keep on doing what you have learned and received.”


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