In 1997, John Cardinal O’Connor of New York canonically established the Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist as a community of religious women.
A young woman interested in becoming a Dominican Sister of Mary, is not presumed to have arrived at our doorstep already a Saint—or even an outstanding character on the natural plane.
What is anticipated is that she has the necessary dispositions to persevere in the path of growth in virtue.
The stages of formation in our community (along with a divine call and an openness to grace) set the candidate down the path to becoming a “living image of the church, virgin by the purity of her faith, bride by loving fidelity to the will of Christ in fervent charity, mother by self-sacrifice for the salvation of souls [and a] living temple of God by her life of prayer”. (Fr. Paul Hinnebusch, O.P.)