Who we are:
The justice work of the Dominican Congregation promotes social justice and equality through direct work with people who have been marginalised, as well as education, research and collaboration with other NGOs.
The Congregation Justice Office was established in 2022 to link all of the work that has been carried out for many years throughout the Congregation, in South Africa, Argentina, Louisiana, Ireland and Lisbon. The office also collaborates with campaign partners and assists the Congregation to support global justice campaigns, including on climate justice, human rights, peace and justice.
Throughout the Congregation, there are a number of justice initiatives and programmes being carried out by Dominican Sisters and lay colleagues. Building on a powerful legacy of fighting Apartheid, the Dominican Sisters in South Africa continue to support human rights, education work and good governance in schools and in the country as whole. In Argentina, work includes prison ministry, environmental projects, community gardens, education, supporting women and accompanying vulnerable families. In Louisiana, work includes prison reform campaigns, prison ministry, adult education, education for justice and family support. In Ireland, Sisters are involved in education, including adult education through the Lumen Dominican Centre, and education on cosmology, environmental issues and climate change through An Tairseach, as well as supporting and accompanying migrants, and carrying out community support and prison ministry. The Dominican Justice Office Ireland works primarily on supporting women in Direct Provision, as well as those who have moved into the community after gaining residency, through the Young Mothers’ Network. It also collaborates with IDEN, the Irish Doughnut Economics Network, promoting the principles of Kate Raworth’s just economy alongside many community organizations, political parties and church institutions.
Finally, in Lisbon, through FOSRDI, the Irish Dominican Religious Social Work Foundation, work includes early childhood care and education, a social canteen, food bank, social centre and adult education and support.