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The Religious Missionaries of St. Dominic is an international Congregation of women religious serving God with a global vision in the tradition and charism of St. Dominic, founder of the Order of Preachers. They follow a lifestyle of semi-contemplative prayer, study, community, and ministry. They proclaim the Good News through: Education, Pastoral Ministry, Social Work, Retreats, Hospitals/Senior Care, Residences, Campus Ministry, Foreign Missions and Day Care/Learning Center. They minister in the U.S.A., Japan, Chile, Rome, Guam, Spain, Taiwan, Okinawa, Korea, Thailand, Cambodia, Viet Nam, Myamar, Portugal, and the Philippines.

The community of the Religious Missionaries of St. Dominic currently in Texas was administering to orphaned baby girls in China. In 1950 the Chinese government expelled them along with most religious organizations in the country. By Divine Providence, they were then invited to Alice Texas by Father Juan Zavala, OP. In the ensuing years they formed a religious community whose primary purpose was teaching in various catholic schools in Texas and California.

In Bishop Rene H. Gracida's vision, with the support of the Kenedy Foundation, a convent was constructed adjacent to St. Paul the Apostle Church in Flour Bluff. From this base the sisters formed a community and were assigned pastoral positions throughout the Diocese of Corpus Christi.

Continuing the Kenedy Foundation Plan, Our Lady of the Rosary Learning Center (OLRLC) was constructed next to the convent in 1991. The purpose of the learning center is to care for 18 month to 5 year old children. The sisters could care for and nurture the youths while the parents were at work. They have cared for this age group since then.

In 2009 the parents petitioned the diocese to expand the Day Care services to a school for first and second grade students. The sisters were able to support the higher grades for a few years, but due to a shortage of personnel have chosen to concentrate on the original scope of 18 month to 5 year old children.

With the support of St. Paul the Apostle parishioners and other volunteers the Dominican Sisters continue to provide quality day care at a reasonable costs in the community. The facility has been well maintained with the financial and steering help from the parents and the parishioners of St. Paul the Apostle Parish. The building is safely located behind the church where it is isolated from the street noises and other distractions. The environment is very conducive to the development of the children the sisters serve.