The convent will be the first on-campus home for the order, which was founded in 1860.

“We are so grateful to the University of Dallas for its desire to provide a convent on campus for our sisters teaching at UD and Mary Immaculate,” said Sister Catherine Anne Burleigh, OP, the vicaress general for the congregation in a Jan. 18 press release

Burleigh graduated from UD in 1994. Sister Mary Angelica Neenan, OP, currently teaches theology at UD, while Sister Elinor Gardner, OP, teaches philosophy.

“We know that the presence of religious sisters played an integral part in the founding and early days of the university,” Burleigh added, “and we are humbled to be involved in such a wonderful community that takes seriously the pursuit of truth, wisdom, and virtue.”

The convent will be located in a private area on campus but with easy access to the main areas. 

“The presence of the Nashville Dominican sisters living on campus is such a wonderful example to young women, showing the beauty of religious life,” Sanford told CNA. “They have the power to attract young women to consider religious life after college, and we’ve seen evidence of that success in the many alumnae indeed pursue a religious vocation after graduation.”