Our Dominican Life

Our Dominican Life


The core of Dominican life is the integration of prayer and mission: “…to contemplate and give to others the fruit of our contemplation.” We believe that prayer is the expression and nourishment of our intimate union with God. In the spirit of St. Dominic, we give priority to personal and liturgical prayer. Our life finds its focus in the Eucharist, the re-enactment of the Paschal Mystery. Our daily personal prayer, opportunities for sharing faith experiences with one another and periods of retreat and renewal are integral to our continuing growth in our life of faith.


Our Dominican tradition calls us to a common life which is apostolic in nature and so our mission is at the heart of our life together. Community structures serve the mission, shaping our communal life according to the ministry and the needs of each sister. Living community is a process of relating authentically and interdependently with one another. Community life is nourished through personal and communal prayer, theological reflection, faith sharing and participative decision-making.

The Annunciation, by Fra Angelico

Preaching in Word and Deed


The  angelic  body  bowed  low
in  adoration
Before  the  woman  soon-to-be-
with  child. 

“Blessed,”  he  called  her.
“Why?”  she  asked.

“Chosen,”  was  his  answer.

He  waited.   She  wondered.

“How?  Not  now,”  she  said.
“God  changes  time,”  said
the  messenger.
“A  son  but  no  husband?
Jo-Ann Iannotti, OP
Jo-Ann Iannotti, OP

A  mother  before

being  a wife?”

“Impossible!”  she  pro-

“Exactly,”  he  smiled.


Jo-Ann Iannotti, OP

Veronica Miller, OP



Veronica Miller, OP, is the Residence Supervisor at St Joseph’s Home in Jersey City, New Jersey, a transitional housing residence for homeless women and their children.


As Dominicans we share in the unique charism of Dominic to hear and preach the Word of God. Essential to fulfilling this mission is the call to reflective study, a life-long willingness to learn and an openness to truth. We believe this study, nourished by prayer, roots our apostolic life in a contemplative stance. While truth is often discovered and assimilated in solitary study and meditation, we also look to others in community and ministry for learning experiences through shared reflection on the Scriptures, cooperative exchange of ideas and patient struggling with current issues.