Since coming to Nashville in 1860, the Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia Congregation have fulfilled their vocational mission of education, leading students to a deeper knowledge of their faith, their heritage, and their responsibilities as members of society. The Dominican Sisters live by the four pillars of the Dominican charism: prayer, study, community and preaching.
The Dominican Order, also known as the Order of Preachers, was founded in 1216 by St. Dominic de Guzman. St. Dominic saw a need for prayerful preachers and teachers, thoroughly educated in both the sacred and secular subjects, to teach the Truths of the Faith.
The St. Cecilia Congregation was founded in 1860 when four Dominican sisters from Ohio came to Nashville to open St. Cecilia Academy as a boarding school for young women. They opened Overbrook School in 1936. They preside over all three schools – Overbrook, St. Cecilia and Aquinas College – of The Dominican Campus. Today, the Congregation of St. Cecilia is a growing and vibrant congregation of 280 sisters who serve in 40 schools in 15 states, reaching more than 13,000 students in preschool through college, with convents in Italy, Australia and Canada. In 2013, they will also send the first Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia Congregation to Scotland. The median age of sisters in the Congregation is 36.