Sister M. Carmen Cesario, OP

Mary Carmen Cesario OP-web

Springfield, Ill. –Springfield Dominican Sister M. Carmen Cesario died February 6, 2017, at Sacred Heart Convent. She was born in Chicago, Ill., in 1918, and named Grace by her parents, Carmen and Rose Coconate Cesario. She made her profession of vows in 1952 at Sacred Heart Convent.

Sister M. Carmen is remembered by many Dominican sisters and priests as well as Viatorian priests and brothers as a gracious hostess and wonderful cook and baker. Her gifts were appreciated at the Dominican priory, Winona, Minn.; the Viatorian Province Center, Arlington Heights, Ill.; and at every Springfield Dominican convent where she served.

Sister M. Carmen was preceded in death by her parents, her brother James and her sisters Carol, Joanne, and Rosanne Cesario and Vivian Zamiar. She is survived by 1 niece and 6 nephews.

Prayer Service: 4:00 p.m. with visitation until 6:15 p.m., Thursday, February 9, 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, Friday, February 10. 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. Carmen are being served by Kirlin-Egan & Butler Funeral Home, 900 S. 6th St., Springfield. Please visit to offer your condolences.

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

Dominicans Host March 18th Workshop with Leading Girardian Theologian

Paul Nuechterlein

Paul Nuechterlein

Springfield, Ill.—One of the most sought-after pastoral theologians in the U.S. currently integrating the work of the eminent Catholic philosopher René Girard into his preaching and pastoral ministry will offer a seminar at Sacred Heart Convent on March 18 2017. Here is a secure online registration form.

Paul Neuchterlein, a Lutheran pastor and Girard scholar, will help engaged Christians grow in their ability to pray with the Bible and apply its lessons as they seek spiritual growth and a more just world.

Nuechterlein, retired after thirty years of parish ministry in the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America, now devotes himself full-time to Gospel justice. He has a special interest in dismantling systemic racism. He is the owner and publisher of, a rich resource for preachers and all followers of Jesus.

FB Event Regis_NuechtNoted Christian author and teacher Brian D. McLaren has said, “Paul Nuechterlein has helped me more than anyone else to read the Scriptures in light of Girard’s groundbreaking work. I’d encourage anyone and everyone to seize an opportunity to learn with Paul.”

This one-day seminar hosted by the Dominican Sisters of Springfield is an introduction to the impact of Girard’s mimetic theory—one of the 20th Century’s most important innovations—from one of its most important thinkers.


Rene Girard

At the time of Girard’s death in 2015 Bishop Robert Barron of the Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles wrote, “There are some thinkers that offer intriguing ideas and proposals, and there is a tiny handful of thinkers that manage to shake your world. Girard was in this second camp.”

Mimetic theory—the recognition that human beings and human cultures develop through the imitation of others’ desires—is increasingly making its impact in multiple disciplines including sociology, economics, and anthropology as well as theology. Catholic theologians like the late Jesuit Raymund Schwager and former Dominican James Alison are among the most prominent Catholic Girardian theologians. Reformed tradition scholars of note include Gil Bailie, Michael Kirwan, and James Warren.

The registration fee for Strategies for Reading the Bible is $40.00 before March 1; after $50. The option to request a box lunch for $10 is also available. Visit the event page to register. For more information contact Sister Beth Murphy, OP, or 217-787-0481.

World Day of Prayer for Consecrated Life 2017


Sister Teresa Marron, OP asks why Springfield Dominican Sisters love religious life for World Day of Prayer for Consecrated Life.

Sisters in order of appearance:
Sister Teresa Marron, OP
Sister Margaret Therese Hebert, OP
Sister Suzanne Donner, OP
Sister Kathlyn Mulcahy, OP
Sister Paul Mary Janssens, OP
Sister Marilyn Jean Runkel, OP
Sister Mary Albrecht, OP
Sister Regina Marie Bernet, OP
Sister Mary Karla Fritz, OP
Sister Pauletta Overbeck, OP

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