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Siena - The Sister's Home

Siena – Home to the Racine Dominicans, Siena Retreat Center and Shorelight Memory Care

The Racine Dominicans have been living at Siena (formerly Siena Center) for over 50 years. In 1960 when the community had grown to over 600 sisters, the sisters built and moved to a sprawling maze of connected buildings which accommodated the many needs of the sisters and their ministries. At that time, numerous ministries included teaching, nursing, and social justice issues. Since then, the community has become considerably smaller – shrinking from around 600 to around 120 today. With this in mind and being mindful of the wasted resources in expensive building maintenance and energy costs, the sisters have been evaluating the possibilities concerning their legacy and future planning since meetings began in 2007. After much consideration, it was decided that buildings would be demolished and replaced with more efficient and sensible accommodations.

Today, there is a new Siena Retreat Center building with comfortable accommodations, a new apartment-style building to house the sisters that live on campus, and a new venture — Shorelight Memory Care. Shorelight serves Southeastern Wisconsin with much-needed, memory care and assisted living services that accommodate those with Alzheimers and dementia. Opened in April 2016, it is fully-accredited, fully-staffed and operating with a patient-centered approach to care.


Racine Dominican Sister Monica Gabriel, a gifted artist, created this image of St.Catherine of Siena that graces the Siena bell tower outside Siena Chapel.