The St Dominic Window in the Queen of Rosary Chapel. Sinsinawa, WI

August 8th is the feast of Saint Dominic.  I think it is an appropriate day to ask what would St. Dominic do in the light of two pandemics – one spreading a deadly disease and the other spreading the sin of racial injustice.

What would St. Dominic do? 

I find the answer an easy one because our Sisters and Associates, the daughters of Saint Dominic, are guiding us to the truth.  As a result of COVID-19, we have Sisters and Associates who are in hospitals and nursing homes, schools and social service agencies.  They are burying the dead and feeding the hungry.  They are accompanying the most vulnerable.   

As a result of the current racial unrest, we have Sisters and Associates protesting and speaking out.  There are also those who are continuing to caucus or discuss with other White Sisters and Associates how we can rid our congregation of the white privilege that enhances status and opportunity in unjust ways.

What would St. Dominic do?  I know because the spirit of Saint Dominic is alive today.  

How about you?  Do you want to be part of the answer to the question, “What would St. Dominic do?”


Peggy Ryan, OP

River Forest, IL