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Who is creating Siena on the Lake?
The Sisters of St. Dominic (Racine Dominicans), a not-for-profit, non-stock corporation.
Racine Dominican History
Now celebrating their sesquicentennial, the Racine Dominicans have lived and ministered in the city and beyond since 1862, primarily serving in education. In recent decades, they have extended their efforts into pastoral ministry, retreats, and social justice. Their mission is summarized in the motto, “Committed to Truth, Compelled to Justice.”
Celebrating a long history in Racine: the Racine Dominican Park Avenue Motherhouse, circa 1864
In 1965, the community moved its headquarters from Park Avenue to Erie Street, naming the new site Siena Center. By the turn of the century, however, the structure built for nearly three hundred sisters was housing less than a hundred, and its 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 good of the greater Racine population, the sisters sought to create a new and unique community — a community marked by a vibrant spiritual, intellectual, and physical life and meeting not only the needs of all of its residents but reaching out also in service to others. Such is the dream of Siena on the Lake.
Preservation of the Racine Dominicans’ identity and mission and of their home on this site is central to the Guiding Principles and objectives of this project.