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Siena on the Lake is a legacy
of the Racine Dominicans
The Sisters of St. Dominic (Racine Dominicans) are a not-for-profit, non-stock corporation. They are also a community of Catholic sisters who've been ministering to the poor and under privileged mostly in Racine, but throughout the United States and elsewhere for over 150 years. Beginning in 1862, they began in Racine teaching mostly German speaking immigrant children and a little later established a school which became what is known today as St. Catherine's High School. As they grew in number, so did their ministerial influence touching the lives of countless children and adults in education and numerous fields including medicine, law, art, music, social work, spiritual direction and more. In recent decades, they have extended their efforts into pastoral ministry, retreats and social justice. Having established numerous ministries over the years, they currently have six sponsored ministries including: St. Catherine's High School, HOPES Center of Racine, Eco-Justice Center of Racine, Senior Companion Program, Bethany Apartments and Siena Retreat Center. All sponsored ministries are 501(c)(3) corporations and all sponsored ministries follow the mission of the Racine Dominicans which is in part, "Committed to Truth, Compelled to Justice."
In 1965, the community moved its headquarters and motherhouse to a new location where they built Siena Center, named after their patron Saint, Catherine of Siena. On the beautiful shores of Lake Michigan, still their current home and soon-to-be home to Siena on the Lake. By the turn of the century, however, the structure built for nearly three hundred sisters was housing less than a hundred, and the plumbing and electrical systems were deteriorating beyond repair. Wishing to put their lakeside property to optimal use, not only for their own needs, but for the greater good of the Racine community, the sisters sought to create a new ministry filling a much need regional niche in healthcare — resources for memory care and Alzheimers patients and their families. Siena on the Lake will also provide rehabilitation services, nursing care and assisted living. Such is the dream of Siena on the Lake.
These new medical facilities will share this stunning location with a new residence building for many Racine Dominicans and with Siena Retreat Center, a world renowned retreat and spiritual guidance center.