Thus began the life of the steadfast and pius Róża Białecka, who at the tender age of 22, founded in 1861 the first active Dominican women’s religious community in Poland — the Dominican Sisters of the Immaculate Conception. By the time Mother Maria Rose Kolumba Bialecka died 26 years later, her young congregation had grown to five convents. Today the spiritual daughters of Mother Kolumba carry on the mission of their foundress and spread their ministry of education, care of the sick and elderly, and assistance to the poor in eight countries throughout the world.
Community Featured in Catholic Publication
It’s not every day that one’s religious community is featured in a significant publication. In its July-August issue, the Dominican Sisters were featured in the “Affiliate in Focus” section of Religious Life, the publication of the Institute on Religious Life (IRL).
The article centered on the Sisters’ 150th anniversary year, which ended Aug. 8, which is the feast of St. Dominic, the Order’s founder. The magazine carried an article on the Congregation, and another on the life of Mother Kolumba.
The first article relates how the congregation, coming from a thousand-year-
The Dominican Community is an Affiliate of the IRL, and to be endorsed by them is a strong statement about one’s character and fidelity to Church teaching. Congregations must meet a certain criteria of orthodoxy and practice to be accepted as IRL Affiliates. As an affiliate, the Dominican Sisters are among 130 religious communities of women, and 37 communities of men.
The life of Mother Kolumba is featured in an ongoing blog on the Sisters’ website at http://sistersop.com/
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