Sister Sharon Speaks in New Zealand

Pray for Sister Sharon in New Zealand today as she shares her knowledge about the climate challenge to Dominican Sisters, college professors and people interested in learning how to care of our common home.

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Sister Sharon Zayac, OP presents Seeds of Hope: Renewing Ourselves in a World of Chaos on Friday, March 17 and Saturday, March 18, 2017.  Oamaru is in the South Island of New Zealand.

Sister Sharon Zayac (Dominican Sisters of St. Dominic of Springfield, IL) and Sister Margaret Galiardi (Dominican Sisters of St. Dominic of Amityville, NY) were invited by Dominican Sisters in New Zealand to impart their knowledge through climate change workshops.  They are pictured here in San Francisco as they prepare to depart for New Zealand.

Sister Virginia Dever, OP

Born January 20, 1917
Profession of Vows January 3, 1938
Entered into Eternal Life March 15, 2017

Springfield, Ill.—Springfield Dominican Sister Virginia Dever (Sister John Thomas) died March 15, 2017, at Sacred Heart Convent. She was born in Chicago, Ill., in 1917, to Peter and Anna Murray Dever. She made her profession of vows in 1938 at Sacred Heart Convent.

Sister Virginia spent her life as an educator, teaching students the length of Illinois from Granite City to Hampshire; Duluth, Minn.,and Hammond, La. One of her joys was teaching speech and drama at Sacred Heart Academy, Springfield, and at Marian Catholic High School, Chicago Heights. Long past the usual age of retirement Sister Virginia was still engaged in teaching and pastoral service. She had a special fondness for St. Edward Parish, Chicago, from which she retired to Sacred Heart Convent in 2011.

Sister Virginia was preceded in death by her parents, her sisters Muriel Powers, Geraldine Morton, Joan Schack, Barbara Dever, and Sister Mary Jerome Dever, OP, and her brothers James, John, Peter and William Dever. She is survived by her sister-in-law Marge (William) Dever, Arlington Heights, Ill., many nieces, nephews and cousins, including Springfield Dominican Sisters M. Bride Quinn and M. Jerome Quinn.

Service Schedule

Prayer Service: 4:00 p.m. vigil service with visitation until 6:30 p.m., Sunday, March 19, Aquinas Center, Sacred Heart Convent, 1237 W. Monroe St. Morning prayer 9:00 a.m., Monday, March 20, followed by funeral Mass at 10:00 a.m., convent chapel. 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 Virginia are being served by Kirlin-Egan & Butler Funeral Home, 900 S. 6th St., Springfield. Please visit to offer your condolences.

Early-bird discount for Strategies for Reading the Bible

Strategies for Reading the Bible:
Peacemaking in a Post-Truth World

A Workshop for Engaged Christians by
Pastor Paul Nuechterlein
(Discipleship Seminars in Mimetic Theory)

Saturday, March 18, 2017
8:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Sacred Heart Convent
1237 W Monroe Street
Springfield IL 62704

Early Bird (Before March 1) $40.00
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