Mission and History
Dominican Volunteers USA searches for new frontiers for the faith by inviting men and women to walk with us in mission as volunteers. Together, we respond to the needs of our sisters and brothers, especially those who are poor and marginalized. We live out the Dominican mission of proclaiming the gospel through our ministry, common life, prayer and study within a diverse, intergenerational community.
DVUSA was established in June of 2001 by several congregations and provinces of Dominican sisters and priests around the United States. Prior to DVUSA, there were several other Dominican sponsored volunteer programs in the United States. The largest of those programs was the Apostolic Volunteers program, which was founded by Marcella Connolly, OP, in 1973, and was sponsored by the Dominican Sisters of Sinsinawa. The Southern Dominican Volunteers was another volunteer program sponsored by the Dominican Council of the South. These regional programs merged to form one national Dominican-sponsored organization serving the United States.