The Dominican Sisters of Peace began their mission 201 years ago when a handful of young ladies from St. Rose Catholic Church founded St. Catharine’s.

Those young ladies were not alone as they worked to get the new order off the ground. Not only were they assisted by volunteers from the church and community, there were others that worked side-by-side with the sisters to farm the land, build the school, and perform any other tasks the sisters needed. These hard-working individuals were slaves, some of whom were owned by the sisters.