The St. Cecilia Congregation was founded in 1860 when four Dominican sisters from Ohio came to Nashville to open St. Cecilia Academy as a boarding school for young women. Today, the Congregation of St. Cecilia is a growing and vibrant congregation of more than 280 sisters who serve in 40 schools in 16 states, Australia, Canada and Italy, reaching more than 13,000 students in preschool through college, with a mission in Sydney, Australia. The median age in the congregation is 35.
Since coming to Nashville in 1860, the Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia Congregation have fulfilled their vocational mission of education, leading students to a deeper knowledge of their faith, their heritage, and their responsibilities as members of society. The Dominican Order, also known as the Order of Preachers, was founded in 1216 by St. Dominic de Guzman. St. Dominic saw a need for prayerful preachers and teachers, thoroughly educated in both the sacred and secular subjects, to teach the Truths of the Faith.