In the one Spirit, we receive the Word from God the Father with one faith, contemplate Him with one heart, and praise Him with one voice; in Him we are made one body, share in the one bread and hold all things in common.
- Constitutions of the Nuns of the Order of Preachers
Dominican Common life and government
The first reason we are gathered together in community is to live in harmony, having one mind and heart in God. As part of this unity, in accordance to the mind of our holy Father Dominic, the nuns have active participation in the government of the monastery.
Having a multitude of Dominican saints and blesseds to encourage and edify us, the Dominican family tree includes friars, nuns, apostolic sisters, laity, priestly fraternities and secular institutes.
In 1921, by invitation of the archbishop of San Francisco and the provincial of the Western Dominican Province to bring Dominican cloistered life and perpetual adoration to the West Coast, a small group of Dominican nuns left their cloister of Corpus Christi Monastery in New York to found a new monastery in the Bay Area.