Spotlight on a WNPJ Member Group - Sinsinawa Dominicans

Sinsinawa Dominicans - a WNPJ member group comprised of women dedicated to preaching and teaching the Gospel. Based in Sinsinawa Mound in southwest Wisconsin, the Sisters believe that at the heart of ministry is relationship. Today, more than 300 Sinsinawa Dominican Sisters in the United States and abroad participate in the mission shared by all Dominicans: to proclaim the Gospel in word and deed.

Currently, their missions outside the U.S. include Bolivia and Trinidad and Tobago. Their vision is to be partnered and seek relationships with all people and the Earth – especially in a world with such division, exploitation, and oppression. The Sisters emphasize the importance of hearing the cries for mercy and compassion - cries that move them to a radical gospel response, responding to the needs of immigrants and refugees, compelled to risk their own comfort and privilege to confront racism. They promise to hold one another in radical grace and respect. 

Dominicans are dedicated to preaching and teaching the gospel and have three ways one can deepen their relationship with the community.

  • Primarily, after a profession of vows, the Sinsinawa Dominican Sisters make a commitment to God and to one another. Their lives are filled with community, prayer, study and ministry.
  • Associates of the Dominican Sisters are drawn to spirituality within the context of their own lifestyle; and they participate in a shared mission to proclaim the Gospel.
  • Thirdly, the Dominican Volunteers are community members who devote their time and energy for 10 months each year in teaching, social services, health care, youth ministry, ecology, and justice advocacy. The volunteers live in Dominican communities and provide essential services to those who are neglected in society. 

At Sinsinawa Mound, the home of the Sinsinawa Dominican Sisters, there are many events that help build relationships with the community.  

An example of such an event will be on Tuesday,  July 27, 2021. Dakota artist and poet Gwen Nell Westerman will be featured at this scheduled event. Swen Nell Westerman is a citizen of the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate Tribe and lives in southern Minnesota, as did her Dakota ancestors. Her roots are deep in the tallgrass prairie and reveal themselves in her art and writing. She values the place names in the landscape that connect us to the language, history, and culture of the peoples who have lived there. A visual artist and poet, she is the author of “Follow the Blackbirds,” a poetry collection written in Dakota and English, and the coauthor of “Mni Sota Makoce: The Land of the Dakota.” This program is being offered virtually by Sinsinawa Mound Center. The fee is $10 per person, and the registration deadline is July 26 by 4 p.m. Please register by contacting Arrangements at 608-748-4411 or visiting the website at

WNPJ posts all the Sinsinawa Dominicans educational events on the website calendar, and this program is listed as well:


Some Dominican Sisters are celebrating 60 years of service - and even  70 years of service!  Meet the Sisters in these two videos. They plan to celebrate in September. Watch for announcments! 


Sinsinawa Dominicans

Contact: Sister Reg McKillip
Address: 585 County Rd. Z, Sinsinawa, WI 53824
Phone: 608-748-4411




Spotlight on a WNPJ member group created by volunteer, Ambar Cornelio. Thanks!