Sinsinawa Dominican Congregation of the Most Holy Rosary (OP)

Sinsinawa leadership

From left: Sisters Colleen Settles, Toni Harris (prioress), Elizabeth Pawlicki, Patricia Beckman, Pamela Mitchell (vicaress) and Angelo Collins.

Motherhouse: Sinsinawa, WI

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Total in Congregation: 460

Leadership Team: 

Antoinette “Toni” Harris – Prioress

Pamela “Pam” Mitchell – Vicaress

Colleen Settles – Councilor

Eilzabeth “Betsy” Pawlicki – Councilor

Patricia “Pat” Beckman – Councilor

Angelo Collins – Councilor


Term Ending: 2021

Mission Statement: 

As Sinsinawa Dominican women, we are called to proclaim the Gospel through the ministry of preaching and teaching in order to participate in the building of a holy and just Church and society.


In the 13th century, Saint Dominic founded the Order of Preachers to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ to all people.

Samuel Mazzuchelli, born in Milan, Italy, Nov. 4, 1806, was a descendant from a wealthy family of merchants and bankers. At age 17, Samuel entered the Order of Preachers against his father’s wishes at a time when the order faced inner strife. Samuel was designated a missionary by the Dominican Master General in 1828.

On Oct. 5, Mazzuchelli departed from Le Havre, France. In Cincinnati, he was warmly welcomed by Bishop Fenwick. The young Samuel continued his studies for the priesthood until his ordination by the Bishop on Sept. 5, 1830 at age 24.

Within the month the young priest began his trek, alone, to Mackinac Island, his assigned mission base. Several years later Fr. Mazzuchelli made his way to the Upper Mississippi River Valley.

It is in this region, where present-day Illinois, Iowa, and Wisconsin meet, that Mazzuchelli finally settled. Here he founded St. Clara Academy, and in 1847 established the Sinsinawa Dominican Congregation of the Most Holy Rosary at Sinsinawa, WI.

Today, nearly 550 Sinsinawa Dominican Sisters throughout the United States and in Bolivia, Italy, Mexico, and Trinidad and Tobago participate in the mission of the Dominican Order to proclaim the Gospel in word and deed.

*LCWR Region 9