Help_Iraqi_Dominican_Sisters_GIVEFinancial contributions to directly help the Iraqi Dominican Sisters can be made in three ways:

  1. Dominican Sisters International (DSI) has set up a fund, providing transfers through offices in Rome to the two Dominican congregations in Iraq – the Sisters of St. Catherine and Sisters of the Presentation. Click here for the printable transfer-of-funds information; please indicate that it is for “Iraqi Solidarity.”
  1. We have secured a means for transferring funds directly to the Dominican Sisters of St. Catherine in Erbil. If you wish to add your contribution to those funds, please send a check made payable to “Adrian Dominican Sisters – Iraq” or donate online, clicking “Other” and designating “Iraq” on the Adrian Dominican website:
  1. Catholic Relief Services provides an online means of offering through their relief efforts via:

More ways to help:

You may also help by contacting your elected leaders in Congress and urging them to make sure that every action taken by the US regarding Iraq considers these basic principles of human rights:

  • Includes the protection of human rights and religious freedom in Iraq
  • Provides maximum humanitarian assistance to Christians, Muslims, and other minorities displaced by the Islamic State and those who have remained displaced since the war
  • Rejects more U. S. military intervention and convenes a conference to establish a comprehensive arms embargo to Iraq and the region
  • Brings the threat posed by the Islamic State to the UN Security Council and seek a united global response that identifies the group as an international terrorist threat to peace and security
  • Considers actions that need to be taken to speed the resettlement of Iraq’s persecuted minorities in the U.S. and provides adequate funding to meet the needs of those refugees upon their arrival.

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Read a message from our Dominican Sisters in Iraq



Novice Sister Kelly Moline Going to the Collaborative Dominican Novitiate

Novice Sister Kelly Moline left the motherhouse today to start her journey to the Collaborative Dominican Novitiate (CDN). The CDN forms a supportive community for initial formation, with novices from several Dominican congregations learning together and sharing their experiences and gifts while they deepen their connection with God. Please join us in praying for Sister Kelly as she explores this new beginning. May her energy for discovering and sharing God’s profound love lift the community to new heights!



Sister Beth Murphy, OP talks about Iraqi refugees

‘Iraqi Christians under attack’  image from SoundCloud and WBEZ's Worldview.

‘Iraqi Christians under attack’ image from SoundCloud and WBEZ’s Worldview.

Listen to Sister Beth Murphy, OP on SoundCloud: ‘Iraqi Christians under attack’ by WBEZ’s Worldview.

Sister Beth Murphy, OP of St. Pius V Parish talks about working with Iraqi refugees and what is happening to Iraq’s Christian community.  Sister Rihab Mousa, OP of the Dominican Sisters of St. Catherine of Siena in Mosul, Iraq provided insight as a mental health counselor at Heartland Alliance who is originally from Qaraqosh, Iraq.


New Novice

August 7, 2014 – Today we joyfully embraced Kelly Moline as a Dominican Sister of Springfield, Illinois!  Kelly’s Rite of Initiation took place in the Atrium at Sacred Heart Convent on August 7, 2014.  Kelly was received as a novice and will now study with the Collaborative Dominican Novitiate.  God’s Peace and Love be with you, Kelly!  With Love, your Dominican family!PicMonkey Collage


Dominican Faith Camp 2014

Dominican Faith Camp 2014

Dominican Faith Camp 2014

Sister Arlene Chole, OP and Faith Campers

Sister Arlene Chole, OP and Faith Campers

Girls Grades 6-9 Enjoy Dominican Faith Camp

Twenty-four young women who will be entering grades 6-9 attended the 2014 Dominican Faith Camp held at Sacred Heart Convent July 27-29, 2014. The camp, sponsored by the Springfield Dominican Sisters, offers a mix of prayer time, recreational activities and opportunities to meet the Sisters and get a glimpse of religious life. Sister Arlene Chole, OP taught the campers about St. Catherine of Siena and dressed in a black and white Dominican habit similar to the habits in the 14th Century. The girls who attended this year included first timers and returning campers. Every girl was assigned a Sister Buddy, a member of the congregation who provided individual attention and prayed with them and for them. Vocation Director Sister Teresa Marron, OP was pleased with this year’s turnout and says a good time was had by all.


Music in video: “Be God’s” by Danielle Rose and “I Have Been Anointed” by Notre Dame Folk Choir


Jubilee Farm provides local flavor for “Seasonal Saturdays” at Engrained Brewing Company

Pictured left to right: Chef Brad Crites, Sr. Suzanne Donner of Jubilee Farm, and Engrained Brewing Company owners Brent and Melissa Schwoerer.

Pictured left to right: Chef Brad Crites, Sister Suzanne Donner of Jubilee Farm, and Engrained Brewing Company owners Brent and Melissa Schwoerer.

Jubilee Farm, a sponsored ministry of the Dominican Sisters of Springfield, Illinois is the first farm  featured for Engrained ‘s “Seasonal Saturdays”, starting on Saturday July 26. All summer long, Engrained Brewing Company in Springfield, IL will feature a menu item made with ingredients from a local farm.  

Lemongrass Lo Mein Chicken with an infused consommé with Jubilee Farm herbs!

Lemongrass Lo Mein Chicken with an infused consommé with Jubilee Farm herbs!

The Jubilee Farm menu item for Seasonal Saturday was: Lemongrass Lo Mein Chicken with an infused consommé made from scratch by Chef Brad, housemade Lo Mein noodles, farm fresh chicken breast simmered in the consommé with shitake mushrooms and carrots and finished with 5 herbs from Jubilee Farm (lemongrass, lemon verbena, lemon thyme, and purple and green basil).


Jubilee Farm display

Jubilee Farm display

Engrained Brewing Company’s Chef Brad and the Dominican Sisters are excited about a new agreement to provide herbs, blackberries, tomatoes and perhaps more on a regular cycle through the growing season. Engrained contracts with local farms in central Illinois to provide products for the restaurant in keeping with their motto:  Sustainable, Local, Natural…It’s Engrained!

This creative, cooperative effort reflects Jubilee Farm’s commitment to sustainability and the Dominican Sisters of Springfield Illinois’ General Chapter themes of reverence for all creation, right relationship and collaboration.


Cubs vs. Cards

Good-natured rivalry today as the Cardinals played the Cubs! Sisters at Sacred Heart Convent gathered in the Atrium to watch the game. Team spirit was on display as the competition commenced… Teasing was allowed between the opposing teams’ fans and snacks were plentiful. It was a great day for friends, food, and sports! PicMonkey Collage_1 PicMonkey Collage_2 PicMonkey Collage_3 PicMonkey Collage_4


Dominican Sisters of Springfield, IL Corporate Stances

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Eucharistic Celebration and Rite of Installation

Council_Photo_6-14-14_16x9_glow_edit_webWith joy we announce our new leadership team: Prioress General Sr. Rebecca Ann Gemma, councilors Sr. Kathleen Cour, Sr. Kathlyn Mulcahy, Vicaress General Sr. Barbara Blesse, councilor Sr. Kathleen Gallagher. In the photo left ro right: Sr. Kathleen Gallagher, Sr. Barbara Blesse, Sr. Rebecca Ann Gemma, Sr. Kathleen Cour, Sr. Kathlyn Mulcahy.


Jubilarians’ Celebration June 14, 2014

Congratulations to our 2014 Jubilarians!


75 Years
Sister Mary Elise Bocke

60 Years
Sister Mary Elene Hanrahan
Sister Mary Karla Fritz
Sister Constance Klamroth
Sister Mary Concepta Joerger
Sister Mary Brendan Gibbons
Sister Mary Trinita Eddington
Sister Arlene Chole

50 Years
Sister Marie Michelle Hackett
Sister Karen Marie Kvidera
Sister Patricia Burke
Sister Mary Santina De Luca
Sister Rita Marie Range

25 Years
Sister Anita Cleary


Sisters concluded their last General Chapter session on Friday, January 3, 2014 voting unanimously to adopt the Chapter statement Together – Birthing Anew.

CAPÍTULO GENERAL 2014 JUNTAS – HACIENDO NACER LO NUEVO Confiando en la gracia del Sagrado Misterio nos extendemos hacia una conciencia evolutiva y sus implicaciones para el cosmos. Con esperanza activa optamos por imaginar el mundo que queremos vivir y aceptamos la responsabilidad urgente de colaborar para darlo a luz.Con honda gratitud y profundo propósito, nosotras optamos por vivir sosteniblemente en orden de promover la misión y cultivar relaciones justas con toda la creación de Dios.Como mujeres Dominicas reconocemos nuestro poder para nutrir relaciones mutuas que ofrecen sanación y coraje a un mundo quebrado. Reconociéndonos vulnerables, optamos por estar con los pobres, acompañar a los que están en los márgenes y trabajar hacia sistemas que promueven la vida.Centrando nuestras vidas en Jesús, la Palabra Hecha Carne, caminamos hacia el misterio que va revelándose ante nosotras.
GENERAL CHAPTER 2014 TOGETHER – BIRTHING ANEW Trusting the grace of Holy Mystery, we stretch into understanding evolutionary consciousness and its implications for the cosmos. With active hope we choose to imagine the world we want to inhabit and accept the urgent responsibility to collaborate in bringing it to birth.With profound gratitude and deep interior purpose, we choose to live sustainably in order to further the mission and to cultivate right relationship with all God’s creation.As Dominican women we claim our power to nurture mutual relationships that offer healing and courage to a broken world. Vulnerable ourselves, we choose to stand with the poor, to accompany those on the margins, and to work toward systems that promote life.Centering our lives in Jesus, the Word Made Flesh, we walk into the mystery unfolding before us.



A beautiful organ recital delivered right to your desktop!

Sister M. Carolyn Englum, OP Organist for the Springfield Dominican Motherhouse

The 22 rank organ was installed in the Motherhouse Chapel in 1968, a gift from the Wick family in honor of their Dominican daughter Sr. M. Kenneth Wick.

The pieces of music performed are:

1.Fanfare by Nicolas Jacque Lemmens

2.The God of Abraham Praise Setting by Michael Burkhardt

3.Adeste Fideles Arranged by Richard Purivs

4.Prelude in Classic Style by Gordon Young

5.Baroque Suite by Gordon Young