Pray for Vocations


GO FORTH! Remember the beauty of your first call. Jesus continues to call you today with the same full love and untamed grace.

GO FORTH! There is always more to do, to encounter, to be grateful for, to be astonished by.  Begin and end with the joy of prayer—the marrow of consecrated life.

GO FORTH! Each of us has a role to play in the Church.  Witness and sow well each day, and look to tomorrow with hope.

GO FORTH! Grow in love for GOD so that others will be attracted by the divine light in you.  Welcome the new vocations the Lord sends to continue the work of consecration.

We must ask this through the intersession of Mary, Mother of God and first disciple of her son, Jesus, or Lord. Amen.

– Pope Francis

Adapted from the concluding message of Pope Francis at the close of the Year of Consecrated Life on XX Worlds Day of Consecrated Life via
Look for our video featuring Springfield Dominican Sisters sharing why they love religious life for World Day of Prayer for Consecrated Life 2017.

100 Days of Prayer

Springfield Dominican Sisters are sharing an amazing resource from The Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange called 100 Days of Prayer. The calendar will be updated parallel to the new administration’s first 100 days.  The next edition of 100 Days of Prayer will be distributed on Wednesday, January 25, 2017.

Each prayer inspires the tone of unity and inclusivity. Prayers like “We pray we all join together to abolish racism, sexism and extremism,” offer support to the most vulnerable that could be the focus of discriminatory policy changes.  The prayers are in social media-friendly sizes, easily shareable on a variety of social media platforms.

We are very grateful to the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange for sharing this empowering resource. 



Click on the image to download a pdf printable version of the January 100 Days of Prayer calendar.

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.