Preaching Justice Volume II - Contributions of Dominican Sisters to Social Ethics in the Twentieth Century

Edited by Helen Alford OP and Francesco Compagnoni OP

Preface by Mary McAleese

Preaching Justice II presents some of the key ways in which Dominican sisters have promoted justice and contributed to social ethics in the twentieth century, continuing on into the twenty-first. It ranges across the world, from Colombia to Vietnam, and from Sweden to South Africa, and moves from pioneering work in healthcare and teaching in the early twentieth century to working with the most marginalized people and promoting sustainable lifestyles as we entered the twenty-first.

Twenty-two contributions present the work of the sisters in 26 countries, covering a wide range of practical activities and theoretical development, grouped together under five main headings: resisting oppression; taking up the fight against social exclusion; promoting women and children and providing social support; peacebuilding; and ‘building a new vision’.

It is a companion volume to Preaching Justice I, published by Dominican Publications in 2007, which focused on the work for justice and the contribution to social ethics of the Dominican friars over the same time period.

 ‘The Dominican Sisters know that words alone are not enough and that it is essentially through the witness of their lives that they support and uphold a society where righteousness and justice go hand in hand. It is a righteousness that is witnessed, not in a pious standing in judgment over their fellow man, but by the placing of God's teaching at the heart of what they do, in particular the living out of the great commandment to love one another, understanding that such love is both a discipline and a decision much different from the notion of a transient emotion or feeling. This love is a form of ethical living which insists on solidarity with those who are helpless, powerless or overlooked. It calls too for a steady and “blind” compassion for all of humanity, as well as a profound faith in the capacity of the human person to change for the better.’ From the Foreword by Mary McAleese, former President of Ireland


Helen Alford OP, of the Congregation of St Catherine of Siena, Newcastle (Kwazulu Natal, South Africa), is Vice Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences at the Pontifical University of St Thomas (Angelicum) and Consultor to the Pontifical Council of Justice and Peace. Her publications are mostly on the use of Catholic social thought in business ethics.


Francesco Compagnoni OP, of the Province of St Dominic (North Italy), has taught moral theology at the University of Fribourg, Switzerland, and at the Angelicum. His publications are in the areas of human rights and bioethics.

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