SAINT AGNES SCHOOL TO WELCOME TEACHING ORDER OF RELIGIOUS SISTERS
Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist to begin service to the Archdiocese in 2018
For Immediate Release
July 29, 2017
Saint Paul, Minn.: The General Council of the Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist will open a new mission convent in the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis at Saint Agnes School in 2018. The order, based out of Ann Arbor, Michigan, will send a yet to be determined number of teaching Sisters to Saint Agnes, where they will also be in residence.
The presence of religious sisters on campus is a powerful witness from the classrooms to the playground. Saint Agnes pastor and superintendent Fr. Mark Moriarty has said that it is “truly an answer to prayer” to receive such a “faithful, joyful and growing order of teaching sisters,” particularly because their community receives many requests from around the country each year.
Mother Assumpta Long explains how the Sisters came to their decision: “Our Community receives many invitations to teach in a variety of schools throughout the country. We pray to and trust the Holy Spirit’s guidance in leading us where He wishes us to expand. Upon visiting Saint Agnes School, we believed this was the Divine prompting to send our Sisters into this wonderful parish and school.”
Headmaster Dr. Kevin Ferdinandt is “eager to welcome a teaching order back to Saint Agnes, especially one of the caliber of the Dominican Sisters of Ann Arbor.”
Archbishop Bernard Hebda says the Sisters’ commitment to the New Evangelization is something from which the entire archdiocese will benefit: “I am extremely grateful that the Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist have chosen to come to the Archdiocese and serve the students and families of Saint Agnes School. True to their Dominican charism, they are superb educators. I am confident that they will lead our young people to a deeper appreciation of Jesus’ presence in the Eucharist, while guiding them to recognize opportunities for encountering and serving Him in their classmates, in their families and in the broader communities in which they live.”
The primary apostolate of the Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist is teaching, and the Sisters serve the Church “wherever and whenever it is possible.” Presently they have convents in Ann Arbor, Detroit, Lansing and St. Clair Shores, MI, Chicago and Peoria, IL, Worthington, OH, Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C., Austin, Buda and Georgetown, TX, Phoenix, Arizona, and Rome, Italy. The Minnesota mission will be on campus at Saint Agnes School, in a convent originally built in 1953. The Sisters will maintain an active presence on campus, engaging with students and families through opportunities for prayer, devotions and Eucharistic Adoration.
Saint Agnes School’s longstanding tradition of bringing souls to Christ through His Church complements the Sisters’ community, which they say “exists for the salvation of souls and the building of the Church throughout the world.”
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