Two Dominican communities saw an influx of young women looking to enter the religious life this month. The Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia Congregation (also known as the Nashville Dominicans) welcomed 28 women to their community on August 15, and the Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist (also known as the Sisters of Mary) welcomed 20 young women on August 28.
Both communities are dedicated to the apostolate of education and sisters of both communities wear the traditional white religious habit.
Despite a drop in the country’s overall vocations in past decades, the Nashville Dominicans have experienced steady growth since the 1980s, and the Sisters of Mary have added more than 110 sisters since their founding in 1997. Both communities are among the youngest and fastest-growing in the country. The Sisters of Mary have an average age of 28 and the average age of the women who enter the community is 21.