History of our Province in USA The Dominican Sisters of the Immaculate Conception trace our earliest roots in North America when a vision for our presence dates back to 1909. At that time, Bishop Weber from Poland held the hope that the Poles in North America could well be served by Religious women from Poland.
Mother Maria Rose Kolumba Bialecka was born on August 23, 1838, as the second of three siblings, in eastern Poland. Endowed with many natural and supernatural gifts, she followed the dictate of her heart and at age nineteen entered the novitiate of the Dominican Sisters in Nancy, France to receive her religious formation.
Shortly after World War II, a survivor of the Stutthof concentration camp contacted our Dominican Congregation. She claimed that a Sister of our community was nothing short of a saint. While Sr. Julia’s Sisters may have considered her just another unfortunate victim of Nazi brutality, her fellow prisoners saw her as a hero.