Meet the Novices
Rhonda is a first-year novice with the Dominican Sisters of Sinsinawa. She is originally from Middleton, a suburb of Madison, Wisconsin. Rhonda studied at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, where she was active in the Newman Center Catholic Student Ministry. After graduating, she served as a Jesuit Volunteer in rural Nicaragua and then spent 11 years living and working in the Eastern part of the United States.
Though she had thought of religious life on and off since childhood, she began to discern in earnest in 2013 after having had several formative experiences of ministry and intentional community as a young adult. Rhonda was drawn to various aspects of Dominican life including study, preaching, and the global nature of the Dominican family. She returned to her native Midwest to continue the discernment journey in 2015, and in August 2016 began candidacy with the Sinsinawa Dominican Sisters. She spent her candidacy year living at Sinsinawa and ministering at Clarke University as an adjunct professor in the Religious Studies Department and with Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Dubuque, Iowa, as a Spanish-language legal interpreter with immigrant children.
Rhonda is grateful for the prayer, encouragement and support of many during this intensive year of formation and discernment.
Gina is a longtime resident of Caldwell, New Jersey, who has known and loved the Sisters of Saint Dominic of Caldwell since childhood. She is a first-year novice with this congregation. The sisters’ joy, accessibility, and passion for preaching the truth of God’s love have drawn Gina to discern with them. Additionally, she finds great meaning in their reliance on contemplation to enliven their apostolic works.
Gina is an alumna and former faculty of Mount Saint Dominic Academy, one of the Caldwell Dominicans’ sponsored works. She also attended elementary schools where the Caldwell Dominicans ministered. Gina’s Jesuit education at Georgetown University taught her that the deepest desires of the heart are God’s desires, too. She has sought to share this truth through ministries such as RCIA, Children’s Liturgy of the Word, and retreat ministry.
Gina earned an MA in Italian from Rutgers University, where she again encountered the Dominican family—this time, through campus ministry. She has taught foreign languages and spent many years as an editor. Gina is grateful for the chance to grow in the charism of an Order that has guided her spiritual formation since her earliest years.