150 Anniversary Letter

Sisters of St. Dominic

February 15, 2012

Dear Friend of the Racine Dominican Community:

5635 Erie Street Racine, WI 53402-1900 www.racinedominicans.org (262) 639-4100 (262) 639-9702 (FAX)

It was May 12, 1862, when Mother Maria Benedicta Bauer set down roots in Racine, WI, founding a community of dedicated Dominican Sisters who, 150 years later, continue to live our mission,committed to Truth, compelled to Justice, addressing needs in Racine, around Wisconsin, and in eight other states.

With just a few young women, Mother Benedicta initiated schools for immigrant children, enabling them to deepen their faith while learning to succeed in this new country and culture. She launched St. Catherine’s Academy (now high school), preparing young women, and later young men, to become leaders – giving them a foundation in Catholic principles of justice and rights for all people.

In subsequent years, our Sisters drew from Mother Benedicta’s passion, serving needs also through health care, social work, prison ministry, community organizing, counseling, environmental care, cooking, pastoral ministries, spiritual direction, art, music, peace activism, and research, as well as teaching on levels from pre-school through post-college.

With excitement and anticipation, we approach May 12 this year and the beginning of our sesquicentennial celebrations. In honor of the occasion, we will produce a program booklet for our inaugural event. You have been an important part of our history. Given your relationship with and support for the Racine Dominicans, we invite you to place an ad in this special anniversary publication. Eight hundred copies will be printed, and each ad sponsor will receive a booklet.

Enclosed you will find details for the publication. If you choose to place an ad, we are grateful. Either way, please know we hold you in prayer during this special year, as we ask you to pray for us and our continued mission.

With Sincere Gratitude,

Kathy Slesar, OP Anniversary Committee Chair