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Our History

The journey of the Dominican Sisters of Springfield, Illinois, to Chicago Heights began in 1873 when the Convent of St. Catherine of Siena in Siena Vale, Kentucky, sent six Sisters to Jacksonville, Illinois, to teach the large population of Irish immigrant children whose fathers were working on the railroad. What the Sisters thought would be a temporary assignment, became permanent a year later when they received direction from their superior to establish a completely new congregation, separate from the Kentucky Dominicans.

A combination of prayer, hard work, and angel benefactors enabled the growing congregation to establish its motherhouse in Springfield in 1893. Like all Dominican men and women, the Dominican Sisters of Springfield are committed to a common life of prayer, study, and preaching. In 1955, when the Sisters were asked to partner with the Archdiocese of Chicago to establish a new high school in the south Chicago suburbs, they accepted the challenge. Just a few years later, in 1958, Marian High School welcomed its first students.

Today, Marian Catholic’s mission continues to reflect the Dominican values on which the school was founded. It is a legacy members of the Marian Catholic community share with pride. We invite you to explore the history of Marian Catholic through the decades to learn more about our unique story.

Through the Decades