Sister Rosalima Blough, OP

Sister Rosalima BloughSpringfield Dominican Sister M. Rosalima Blough died January 15, 2017, at Sacred Heart Convent. She was born in Peoria, Ill., in 1917, and named Alice Virginia by her parents, Earl Blaine and Anna Catherine Ely Blough. She made her profession of vows in 1937 at Sacred Heart Convent.

Sister M. Rosalima ministered as an elementary and high school teacher for 56 years, primarily in central Illinois and at Marian Catholic High School, Chicago Heights, Ill. where she taught math and science, 1961-1982. From 1993-2003 she worked in medical records at St. Mary-Rogers Memorial Hospital, Rogers, Ark. From 2003 until retirement in 2014 she was assistant librarian at Sacred Heart Convent.

Sister M. Rosalima was preceded in death by her parents, her step mother Josephine, her brothers James, Robert, Milton, William, and Phillip Blough, and by her sisters Marion Blough and Marjorie Lange. She is survived by her brother Thomas (Barbara), Springfield; many nieces and nephews.

Prayer Service: 4:00 p.m. with visitation until 6:15 p.m., Tuesday, January 17, Aquinas Center, Sacred Heart Convent, 1237 W. Monroe St. Funeral Mass: 6:30 p.m. convent chapel. Morning prayer and final commendation: 10:30 a.m., convent chapel, Wednesday, January 18. Father Peter Witchousky, OP; celebrant. Burial follows, Calvary Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Dominican Sisters Retirement Fund, 1237 W. Monroe St., Springfield, IL. 62704.

The Dominican Sisters and family of Sister M. Rosalima are being served by Kirlin-Egan & Butler Funeral Home, 900 S. 6th St., Springfield. Please visit Butler Funeral Homes to offer your condolences.

 

 

Holistic Living Approach to Life – Sr. Joan Sorge, OP

Enjoy this excerpt from Living a Balanced Life with Sister Joan Sorge, OP. In this segment, Sister Joan shares a holistic living approach to life and shares a passage from How big is your God? by Paul Coutinho, SJ.

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The “Radical Faith and Communal Life” of Seven Dominican Sisters

The “Radical Faith and Communal Life” of Seven Dominican Sisters

New book tells the story;
Open house, book signing scheduled February 10

Springfield, Ill.—Seven Springfield Dominican Sisters whose stories are told in a new book will sign copies for guests during an event at Sacred Heart Convent February 10.

A Sisters’ Love: The Story of the Dominican Sisters at St. Dominic’s follows the lives of Sisters Trinita Eddington and Dorothea Sondgeroth from their rural Illinois childhoods to their call to leadership at St. Dominic Health Services, Jackson, Miss., a sponsored ministry of the Springfield Dominicans.

Award-winning journalist and author Joe Maxwell was commissioned by the St. Dominic’s Foundation to write A Sister’s Love to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the founding of St. Dominic’s Hospital. He tells the story of the sisters’ passion for God and how that led them to decades of fruitful service at St. Dominic’s, the only Catholic hospital in the State of Mississippi. Drawing on Sister Dorothea’s personal journals, the congregation’s archives, and dozens of interviews, Maxwell shows how personal sacrifice, prayer, and the commitment of a community contribute to the quality of life in Mississippi, from the early days of the Civil Rights Era to today.

Also featured in A Sister’s Love are the stories of Springfield Dominican Sisters Celestine Rondelli, Thecla Kuhnline, Kristin Rever, Margaret Grueter, and Susan Karina Dickey. Sisters Trinita and Celestine are Springfield natives. Sister Dorothea is from Peterstown, near Mendota, Ill; Sisters Margaret and Thecla are from Carrollton, Ill.; Sister Kristin is from Assumption, Ill., and Sister Susan Karina is from Richmond, Ind.

Sister Trinita’s sole assignment in 63 years of religious profession has been St. Dominic’s, where she received her nurses’ training and where she has, with the exception of a few years away for study, lived her entire religious life. In 1996 she established St. Dominic Community Health Clinic. As an octogenarian she still works at the clinic four days a week providing free medical services to the poor in Jackson, Miss. One day each week she consults with the nursing staff at St. Catherine’s Village, a subsidiary of St. Dominic’s. “Serving the poor is serving Jesus,” she frequently says. “Running the clinic has been one of the most rewarding ministries in all of my years at St. Dominic’s.”

Sister Dorothea, who was president of St. Dominic Health Services, 1995-2012, has served most of the last 53 years at St. Dominic’s, interrupted by ten years on the leadership team of the Dominicans Sisters and at various other times for study. She is currently associate executive director of St. Dominic’s Foundation.

In the book’s foreword, Mississippi First Lady Deborah Bryant calls Sister Dorothea a superhero. “She’s famous and beloved in our state and beyond for her faith, business savvy, and community and spiritual leadership,” she writes. “In a day and age when we need heroes, she is a superhero.” Bryant worked at St. Dominic’s for 39 years before her husband Phil was elected governor in 2012.

The sisters will receive guests, offer the book for sale, and sign copies 5:00-6:00 p.m. Friday, Feb. 10 at the convent, 1237 W. Monroe St.

Copies of A Sisters’ Love may be purchased during the book signing or online at St. Dominic’s website. All proceeds support the Dominican Sisters healing ministry at St. Dominic’s.

Sister Janice Greenwood, OP 1932—2017

greenwood-janice_webSpringfield Dominican Sister Janice Greenwood died January 4, 2017, at Sacred Heart Convent. She was born in Chicago, Ill., in 1932, to John and Agnes (Meyer) Greenwood. She made her profession of vows in 1951 at Sacred Heart Convent, Springfield, Ill.

Sister Janice faithfully served God’s people and her Dominican Sisters for 66 years, first as an elementary school teacher in Springfield and the Chicago suburbs, 1951-1970, then as a home economics teacher at Marian Catholic High School, Chicago Heights, Ill., 1970-1982, and Rosary High School, Aurora, Ill., 1982-1986.

From 1986-2002 she ministered at St. Mary-Rogers Memorial Hospital, Rogers, Ark., serving in various administrative roles. For the last years of her active ministry she assisted her sisters at Sacred Heart Convent, welcoming guests, sewing, and helping in other ways.

Sister Janice was preceded in death by her parents, her brother John, and two nieces. She is survived by her sister Clare Deardorff, Lombard, Ill.; sister-in-law Barbara, Sandwich, Ill., many nieces, nephews, and friends.

The Dominican Sisters will receive visitors 4:00-5:15 p.m., Wednesday, January 11; prayer service 4:00 p.m., Aquinas Center, Sacred Heart Convent, 1237 W. Monroe St. Morning prayer 9:00 a.m., Thursday, January 12, funeral Mass 10:00 a.m., convent chapel; Father Peter Witchousky, OP, celebrant. Burial of cremated remains, Calvary Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Dominican Sisters Retirement Fund, 1237 W. Monroe St., Springfield, IL. 62704.

The Dominican Sisters and family of Sister Janice are being served by Kirlin-Egan & Butler Funeral Home, 900 S. 6th St., Springfield. Please visit butlerfuneralhomes.com to offer your condolences.