The Sisters

Dominican life is both contemplative and apostolic. Each branch of the Dominican family follows these aspects of charism but in different ways. So, the Order includes congregations of religious women as Dominican Sisters, working in the world to praise, to bless and to preach. Dominican Sisters being a vowed religious women are active in various apostolate. They are organized into individual congregations. They make the vows of Obedience, Poverty and Chastity. Moving with the mission of St. Dominic, they dedicate their lives to the salvation of souls. Like the friars, these women live a common religious life of prayer and study, to share the fruits of their contemplation to others.

Dominican sisters are organized into congregations, with a Superior General and independent structures of their communities. They are engaged in different apostolates in schools, colleges and universities, in different parishes and hospitals. Being a part of the Order of Preachers, they fulfill their primary ministry of preaching through different missionary works such as teaching, social work, health ministry, working in the homes for special children. Like the other branches of the Dominican family, the sisters pray the Liturgy of the Hours, observe a regular practice of prayer and study, and live in community. The following four congregations of the Dominican Sisters are working in Pakistan:

  1. Dominican Sisters of St. Catherine of Siena
  2. Dominican Sisters of the Union of St. Catherine of Siena, Missionaries of the Schools
  3. Dominican Sisters of Malta
  4. Dominican Sisters of Our Lady of the Rosary


The first known Dominican arrived in the Indian sub-continental in 1291, just 70 years after the death of St. Dominic. By the 17th century the Dominican Congregation of India, based in the Portuguese settlement at Goa, numbered about 350 brothers, but died out in the 19th century.

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