I am thankful for the Racine Dominicans.

From my earliest encounter with them, they have been leading our city in new ways of growth.

They began educating children, but because their vision is wider than most, they expanded that to include educating domestic violence victims (Bethany Apartments), learning to care for the earth (Eco-Justice Center), helping those in poverty learn ways to independence (HOPES Center) as well as new ways to grow spiritually (Siena Retreat Center).

Their call for justice for all embraces all faiths, while showing us how to make a difference in Racine.

Although their charism (gift) is preaching, they believe their actions speak the gospel as their ministries have brought hope and change for the citizens of Racine.

They remain open in welcoming a variety of programs, people, the churched and unchurched alike.

They do not force their way of life, their prayers or their visions on anyone, but trust people seeking growth to find it in their own way.

They provide not only places to do that but an example of what can be accomplished when you work together and accept differences while learning to grow with others in our community.

They are a physical and spiritual presence that makes Racine a great place to live.

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