Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia

Main Number: 615-256-5486

Vocation Director

Sister Mara Grace Gore, O.P.

Phone: 615-256-0147

Saint Cecilia Motherhouse
801 Dominican Drive
Nashville, TN 37228

Eight centuries ago, Saint Dominic de Guzman founded a new religious order whose contemplative framework was to support its active mission of preaching for the salvation of souls. Today, the Dominican Sisters of Saint Cecilia Congregation live out this mission through a life of prayer, study and community, which nourishes a contemplative spirit and bears fruit in their teaching apostolate.

In the spirit of Saint Dominic, the community embraces the Church’s call to the new evangelization, responding creatively to the needs of our time. The sisters’ apostolate includes classroom teaching preschool through college; family formation programs; campus ministry and work with young people; retreats and other catechetical efforts that encourage growth in faith and in the spiritual life.

The congregation serves in 17 states and in Washington, D.C., as well as in Australia, Canada, Ireland, Italy, The Netherlands and Scotland. In each place they are sent, the sisters seek to serve the Church’s mission of the New Evangelization.

Founded in 1860 in Nashville, Tennessee, the Congregation of Saint Cecilia today numbers 300 Sisters. The community seeks to witness a joyful fidelity to the Church, devotion to Christ in the Eucharist and to his Blessed Mother, and zeal for teaching the truth.


415 Michigan Avenue NE, Suite 420
Washington, DC 20017
(202) 832-2575

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