The Dominican Habit
Our Congregation cherishes the garb of St. Dominic in order to witness our consecration to the Lord-that we belong entirely to Him-and we wear our religious habits in order to be God’s presence in the world. Today, the Dominican Sisters’ habit is distinguished by a veil, a white tunic, a belt, a Rosary, a blessed Scapular, and a cape. These distinct features of our habit also mark that we belong to the Order of Preachers.
The Rosary and Scapular alludes to the deep devotion of the Preachers to the Mother of God, who is the Order’s holy patroness. We entrust our whole congregation and our religious vocations to her for through her holy patronage, we draw nearer to her Son. We pray our community Rosary together, outside of our personal recitations, to meditate on the Gospel and the life of Jesus through the lens and with the guidance of Mother Mary. We believe in the power of the Rosary and Our Lady’s intercession, and we profess that her Rosary is a sure weapon against evil.
A novice also receives a black veil at the time of her first profession, to manifest her consecration to the Lord. The white and black colors of our Dominican habit symbolizes purity and poverty.