Faith and Spirituality

800th Anniversary of the Dominican Order of Preachers (Nov. 7, 2015 - Jan. 21, 2017)

The Dominican Order of Preachers is celebrating its 800th Anniversary, or Jubilee, commemorating the official formation of the Dominican Order between 1216-17. The Jubilee began November 7, 2015 on the feast of All Saints of the Order, and continues through January 21, 2017, the date of the authorized confirmation of the Order by Pope Honorius III.

Dominican University is named after St. Dominic, the founder of the Order of the Preachers. St. Dominic, a native of Spain, saw the need for a new kind of organization that would satisfy the needs of the church at the time. His Order of Preachers was mobile, or itinerant, as they were sent out to preach the Gospel. This was revolutionary in the way that most preachers stayed in place and had people come to them. Because of the Dominicans’ commitment to itinerancy, their mission spread worldwide.

The mission of St. Dominic was internalized by Father Samuel Mazzuchelli who then established an Order of Dominican Sisters in Sinsinawa, Wisconsin. This Order of Sisters continues the Dominican tradition by working to educate children and young adults all over the country, including Dominican University. Dominican University's official mascot is the Stars because St. Dominic is the patron saint of astronomers and images of him are often accompanied by a star hanging over his head.


Community is one of the Four Pillars of Dominican life, and relationship-centered ministry is at the heart of the mission of the Dominican Sisters of Sinsinawa. Because building communities of support, friendship and joy are important to our way of life, the Alumnae/i Association invites you to explore these pages to learn more about how you, as an alumna/us, can share your faith and spirituality within the Dominican University community.