DOMINICAN SISTERS OF PEACE INC

Be Peace, Build Peace, Preach Peace

Columbus, OH   |  www.oppeace.org

Mission

The Dominican Sisters of Peace number nearly 408 vowed Sisters and 688 Associates (volunteer lay people in mission) and are part of the worldwide Order of Preachers, sometimes known as the Dominican Order. (The OP after our name stands for Order of Preachers). We serve God's people in many ways, including education, health care, spirituality, pastoral care, prison ministry, the arts, and care of creation, among others. The Gospel message of love and compassion lead us to be concerned about peace and justice issues, including comprehensive immigration reform, sensible gun control, alternatives to the death penalty, and advocacy against human trafficking among others. Our Sisters are in 20 states and in Nigeria.

Ruling year info

1946

Prioress

Sister Patricia Twohill OP

Council Member

Sister Therese Leckert OP

Main address

Mission Advancement Office 2320 Airport Dr

Columbus, OH 43219 USA

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Formerly known as

Congregation of St Rose of Lima (Oxford, MI)

Dominican Sisters, Congregation of St Mary (New Orleans, LA)

Dominican Sisters, St Mary of the Springs (Columbus, OH)

Dominican Sisters of Great Bend, Kansas (Great Bend, KS)

Dominicans of St Catharine (St Catharine, KY)

Eucharistic Missionaries of St Dominic (New Orleans, LA)

Sisters of St Dominic of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (Akron, OH)

Domincan Sisters of St Catherine de' Ricci (Elkins Park, PA)

EIN

26-3550703

NTEE code info

Roman Catholic (X22)

Immigrants' Rights (R21)

Other Food, Agriculture, and Nutrition N.E.C. (K99)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is not required to file an annual return with the IRS because it is a church.

Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Dominican Sisters of Peace build peace by preventing physical, economic and environmental violence for the marginalized, including women, children and immigrants. The inability to communicate can make an immigrant a target for violence. How do we empower immigrants to integrate into a new culture and to find opportunities for success? The Brookings Institute has found a direct correlation between poverty and violence. How do we bring families out of long-term poverty caused by unequal educational opportunities or systemic racism? Wildfires have destroyed 164,889 acres in 2020. Twelve named storms, including a record-tying six hurricanes, have pounded the United State this year. What can we do to prevent environmental violence and repair the damage done to God’s creation? Truth has become subjective. Our nation is divided into factions, and emotions are driving violence across the country. In an age of alternative facts, how do we teach our young people how to discern and act on truth?

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Sister's Ministries

The founding congregations of the Dominican Sisters of Peace established more than 33 institutions that continue to operate today, some of which are financially independent and others of which continue to be supported by the Dominican Sisters of Peace. Currently, 52 Dominican Sisters of Peace and numerous Associates of the congregation serve in these institutions. An additional 56 Sisters serve in parish or other diocesan ministries, 18 serve in other nonprofit organizations, and one ministers in the private sector. Almost 130 Sisters volunteer with our own institutions and countless others. Contributions to the Sisters’ Ministry Fund enable the continued ministry of our Sisters in all these areas.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Victims and oppressed people

The Dominican Sisters of Peace have a mission in Nigeria.

Sr. Rita Schwarzenberger has been a long-time missionary in Nigeria and currently manages Hope for the Village Child. This program works with the villages in an area south of Kaduna to improve the lives of rural residents, especially women and children. The organization advances education, healthcare, and women’s development in myriad ways. They build classrooms, mobile clinics, and clean water wells; train teachers and health workers, and help women learn to sew, knit, and make soap for income; establish programs for immunizations, health education, antenatal care, and corrective surgery for children with rickets, and more.

Population(s) Served
Indigenous peoples
Economically disadvantaged people

The Dominican Learning Center (DLC), Siena Learning Center and Springs Learning Center serve adult learners seeking to improve reading, pass the GED examinations or learn English as a Second Language (ESL). With dedicated volunteer tutors, our learning centers assists adult learners to master learning skills and increase self-esteem. They provide one-to-one or small group (two-three learners) tutoring to help adults improve their skills in reading, writing, spelling, speaking, listening, mathematics and basic computer use.

Individual and small group instruction enables tutors to address individual learning needs. We provide the instruction that builds success.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Economically disadvantaged people

Shepherd’s Corner, founded in 1992 in Columbus, OH, is an ecological ministry of the Dominican Sisters of Peace. This 160-acre natural oasis serves as a center for ecology, spirituality, and education. The property’s diverse range of habitats offers a haven for wildlife and native flora, plus a place of peace, natural beauty, and spiritual refreshment. We focus on three areas: environmental education, reflection on care of creation, and providing healthy, naturally grown produce. We are committed to donating 60-65% of our naturally grown produce to local food pantries.

In 1986, the Kansas Dominican Sisters (now Dominican Sisters of Peace) decided to begin a new ministry, one committed to the care of Earth and to modeling sustainability. In 1987, they purchased the 80 acres that is now Heartland Farm. The first residents were three Dominican Sisters and a married couple with their three children. The farm had originally been settled under the Homestead Act in the 1870s. Both the farm house and the barn are well over 100 years old and still in use. Over the years, two straw bale structures have been added, one a hermitage and the other an art studio. The guest house provides welcoming space for visitors and retreatants. Additional apartments are available for volunteer housing. Currently, three Dominican Sisters of Peace are full-time residents of the farm.

St. Catharine Farm is the oldest farm property of the Dominican Sisters of Peace. It traces its beginnings to 1822, when the first American Dominican Sisters began a religious community on 160 acres of land in Central Kentucky. On St. Catharine Farm, the Sisters raised vegetables, flax, sheep, and more as they taught academic lessons to area children. In the 1960s, beef production became the focus of the farm.

As years passed, the farm continued to provide food for the motherhouse table as the Sisters began to recognize the farm’s environmental significance. In the 1980s, a resource audit was completed, diversion ditches were installed to reduce erosion into the creek, and about 80 of the 123 acres of woodland were placed in the Timber Stand Improvement program. In 1990, an Integrated Pest Management program was established at St. Catharine, and in 2000 an Intensive Grazing Project was begun. Plans also were implemented to plant trees and foster wildlife habitats on the property.

Today, St. Catharine Farm continues to provide beef for the Sisters in Kentucky and elsewhere in the country, while maintaining ecologically responsible agricultural practices. The award-winning farm serves the agricultural industry as an example of sustainable practices and hosts periodic field days to demonstrate best management techniques to local farmers.

The Dominican Sisters of Peace also began Crown Point Ecology Center in Akron, OH .

Population(s) Served
Families
Farmers

The Dominican Sisters of Peace operate retreat centers in four US locations.

The Dominican Retreat and Conference Center, Niskayuna, NY, offers retreats for women and men, workshops, and presentations to enhance your spiritual life and growth. Retreats are also offered for those in 12-step programs on topics of alcoholism, abuse, and eating issues.

Heartland Center for Spirituality, Great Bend, KS, provides meals, overnight accommodations, and meeting space for individuals, church organizations, and nonprofit groups who are interested in spiritual enrichment, educational programs, staff development, conferences, and retreats.

Martin de Porres Center, Columbus, OH, offers a contemplative and affordable meeting space for spiritual, artistic, and educational programming, as well as spiritual direction and adult literacy tutoring.

Vivian’s Via Rosa, Waterford, MI, is an intimate homey retreat house on Scott Lake offers individuals and small groups a place of quiet beauty for private, guided and directed retreats.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The Dominican Sisters of Peace operate Mohun Health Care Center, Columbus, OH. Mohun is an award winning licensed health center for vowed and ordained religious.

Sansbury Care Center, St. Catharine, KY, is a skilled and personal care facility serving religious and laity. Sansbury provides high quality, personalized and compassionate care services.

The Dominican Sisters of Peace have also founded Clausen Manor, Waterford, MI, an Alzheimer’s special care center. Lourdes Senior Community, Waterford, MI, a licensed health center for individuals needing skilled care or rehabilitation. Assisted/Senior Living is offered by Mendelson Assisted Living Home, Waterford, MI; and Fox Manor, Waterford, MI.

Cedar Park Place, Great Bend, KS, offers affordable, program-enriched housing for families, seniors, and people with special needs who lack the economic resources to access quality, safe housing opportunities.

Population(s) Served
Seniors
People with disabilities

The Peace Center, New Orleans, LA, is sign of Dominican Sisters of Peace’s commitment to New Orleans. The Peace Center provides outreach and a place of peace and caring for residents surrounding the center. The Peace Center provides enrichment programs for persons of all ages in the neighborhood.

Homework help is offered for youth and there are a variety of youth programs.

Adult programming is offered and there are programs for senior citizens as well as computer education, mental health counseling, spiritual direction and job readiness training.

Our Ministry of Presence, Garden City, KS, is a direct ministry with the poor serving as liaison with existing community resources.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Economically disadvantaged people

The Dominican Sisters of Peace have founded and serve on the faculty and/or staff and on the board of trustees for the higher education Institutions of Albertus Magnus College, New Haven, CT and Ohio Dominican University, Columbus, OH.

In Secondary and Primary Education, the Dominican Sisters of Peace founded and serve on faculty/staff and the Board of Directors at: St. Agnes Academy & St. Dominic School, Memphis, TN; Our Lady of the Elms, Akron, OH; Dominican Academy, New York, NY; and, St. Mary’s Dominican High School, New Orleans, LA.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Students

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of youth who demonstrate leadership skills (e.g., organizing others, taking initiative, team-building)

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

People of Latin American descent

Related Program

Sister's Ministries

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We have initiated a Latino Youth Leadership Program in Columbus, OH for ages 8-18. We offer a number of workshops and programs. After School Homework help, mental health, ecology, & drug avoidance.

Number of participants engaged in programs

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Ethnic and racial groups, Multiracial people, People of Latin American descent

Related Program

Literacy Centers

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Served people of diverse populations in our Adult Literacy Programs. GED, Spanish GED, ESL, Citizenship, and job skills are offered. Pre-and post testing defines outcomes. Trained volunteer tutors.

Number of stakeholders/stakeholder groups with whom communication has been achieved and expectations shared

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Children and youth, Families

Related Program

Ecology Centers

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Number of participants in Ecology programs, events, and on-site visits.

Number of clients served

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Religious groups

Related Program

Community Ministry

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Number of participants engaged in retreats and hosted programs; individuals and groups seeking personal and spiritual renewal.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Study, contemplate, and preach God's revelation discovered in the unfolding mystery of creation and in Sacred Scripture. 

Create environments of peace by promoting non-violence, unity in diversity, and reconciliation among ourselves, the Church and others. 

Promote justice through solidarity with those who are marginalized, especially women and children, and work with others to identify and transform oppressive systems. 

Create welcoming communities, inviting others to join us as vowed members, associates, volunteers, and partners in our mission to be the Holy Preaching.

Foster God's web of life personally, communally and ministerially by advocating and supporting just policies and decisions to reduce the impact of global climate change.

Effective channels of communications via public outreach, social media and general media.

Programming and events to further the mission as we continue to serve the poor and marginalized through programming, events and justice in solidarity with under-served populations.

Collaboration among others and organizations who have the same mission.

Some of the issues we are working on:

Human Trafficking
Immigration Reform
Literacy
Care of Creation
Peace Leadership
Empowering Women

We are national order of Catholic women religious who have a long history in the Dominican Order (800 years) of service to those most in need. We are women of peace who are striving to bring peace to a world in need.

We have a long history of outstanding service in education, retreats, ecology centers and caring for others.

We have 408 Sisters and over 680 Associates (vounteer lay people in mission with us).

We are a strong nonprofit organization uniquely situated to work within the goals established in our commitments.

Stay tuned to read our accomplishments or go to www.oppeace.org

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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DOMINICAN SISTERS OF PEACE INC

Board of directors
as of 2/5/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Sr. Patricia Twohill

Dominican Sisters of Peace

Term: 2015 - 2021


Board co-chair

Sr. Therese Leckert

Dominican Sisters of Peace

Term: 2015 - 2021

Gene Poore

Dominican Sisters of Peace

Therese Leckert

Dominican Sisters of Peace

Gemma Doll

Dominican Sisters of Peace

Patricia Twohill

Dominican Sisters of Peace

Anne Lythgoe

Dominican Sisters of Peace

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 01/25/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 02/10/2020

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Data
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
Policies and processes
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.