Springfield, Ill.—The Dominican Sisters of Springfield welcomed 29 new associates from Illinois and Missouri during Mass at Sacred Heart Convent Chapel on May 15.
One of the largest associate classes in recent years, the group included residents from seven Illinois communities and, for the first time ever, ten new associates that hail from Columbia, Missouri. They made their commitment after completing a 9-month course in the history, spirituality, and mission of the Dominicans.
Welcome to all our new associates!
From Bloomington, Ill. Pat McLean, St. Mary Parish (Sponsor: Sister Philip Neri Crawford, Prayer Sponsor: Sister Marianne Nolan)
From Carrollton, Ill. Phyllis Didier, St. John Parish (Sponsor: Sister Henrianne Schmidt, Prayer Sponsor: Sister Ancilla Caulfield)
From Chatham, Ill. Teri Casson, Christ the King Parish (Sponsor: Sister Regina Marie Bernet, Prayer Sponsor: Sister Francene Harbauer)
From Chicago Heights, Ill. Joan Anderson (Sponsor: Sister Agnes Ann Pisel, Prayer Sponsor: Sister Edwina Finnegan), Marcela Bermudez (Sponsor: Theresa Sovereign, Prayer Sponsor: Sister Clarice Kniery)
From Concord, Ill. Sharon Beniach, Our Saviour Parish, Jacksonville (Sponsor: Patty Fitzpatrick, Prayer Sponsor: Sister Stephanie Kapusta)
From Jacksonville, Ill. (all Our Saviour Parish) LaVonne DePauw (Sponsor: Sue Brosmith, Prayer Sponsor: Sister Helen Wolf) Becky DeVore (Sponsor: Sister Margaret Ann Cox, Prayer Sponsor: Sister Bernice Juip) Barbara Dunseth (Sponsor: Sister Margaret Ann Cox, Prayer Sponsor: Sister Myra Flahive) Sandra Keesee (Sponsor: Jan Fellhauer, Prayer Sponsor: Sister Melanie Roetker) Rosella Spreen (Sponsor: Sue Brosmith Prayer Sponsor: Sister Aniceta Skube)
From Monee, Ill. Diane E. Brandstetter, St. Boniface Parish (Sponsor: Sister Agnes Ann Pisel, Prayer Sponsor: Sister M. Alan Russell)
From Mt. Sterling, Ill. Jane Veith, St. Mary Parish (Sponsor: Sister Jean Patrick Ehrhardt, Prayer Sponsor: Sister Doris Taylor)
From Springfield, Ill. Glenda K. Becker, Christ the King Parish (Sponsor: Patty Fitzpatrick, Prayer Sponsor: Sister Stephanie Kapusta) John Freml, St. Joseph Parish (Sponsor: Sister Linda Mary DeLonais, Prayer Sponsor: Sister M. Gael Daley) Betty Goldasich, Little Flower Parish (Sponsor: Sister Mary Linda Tonellato, Prayer Sponsor: Sister Norma Somers) Michael Goldasich, Little Flower Parish (Sponsor: Sister Mary Linda Tonellato, Prayer Sponsor: Sister M. Noel Plummer) Beth LaFata, St. Joseph the Worker, Chatham (Sponsor: Sister Joan Sorge, Prayer Sponsor: Sister M. Rose Schleeper) Christina Saunderson, Blessed Sacrament Parish (Sponsor: Sister Katherine O’Connor, Prayer Sponsor: Sister Pauletta Overbeck)
From Columbia, MO (Sacred Heart Parish) Rosa Caubet (Sponsor: Sister M. Clare Fichtner, Prayer Sponsor: Sister M. Samuella Volk) Deacon William Caubet (Sponsor: Sister M. Clare Fichtner, Prayer Sponsor: Sister M. Gabriella Luebbers) Joanna Guzman (Sponsor: Sister M. Clare Fichtner, Prayer Sponsor: Sister M. Blaise Galloway) Barbara Head (Sponsor: Sister M. Clare Fichtner, Prayer Sponsor: Sister Marion Sitkiewitz) Vanessa Velez-Rivera (Sponsor: Sister M. Clare Fichtner, Prayer Sponsor: Sister M. Dominic Joerger)
From Columbia, MO (St. Thomas More Newman Center) Nancy Howard (Sponsor: Sister Karen Freund, Prayer Sponsor: Sister Carole Dittrich) Martha Lerch (Sponsor: Sister Karen Freund, Prayer Sponsor: Sister Carole Dittrich) Michele Sisson-White (Sponsor: Sister Karen Freund, Prayer Sponsor: Sister M. Xavier Kelly) Phyllis Stoecklein (Sponsor: Sister Karen Freund, Prayer Sponsor: Sister Margaret McCormick) Mary Waters (Sponsor: Sister Karen Freund, Prayer Sponsor: Sister M. Anton Uthe)
Baptized Christians from any tradition may be candidates for the Dominican Associate Program. Women seeking vowed membership as sisters are required to be single and Catholic. For more information about becoming a Dominican sister or a Dominican associate call 217-787-0481 or email. DominicanSisters@spdom.org.
Today Sister Marcelline Koch, OP is in Iraq with a delegation including two other Dominican Sisters to visit the Dominican Sisters in Iraq, Iraqi Christians and Iraqi citizens whose homes were overrun by terrorists causing them to be internally displaced.
Below is her contribution to an article written for Global Sisters report. Click here to read the whole article.
We have family in Iraq: A journey in solidarity and love
Marcelline Koch, OP, Dominican of Springfield, Illinois
The connection to our Dominican sisters and brothers in Iraq was ignited in us during the 1990’s by our brother, Timothy Radcliffe. Since then we have honored the claim that We Have Family in Iraq. As family we have grown in relationship – U.S. and Iraqi Dominicans.
For the past four weeks, all of us have been praying Come, Lord Jesus. We want our God to come among us, and God does, in and through all of us.
Meister Eckhart wrote that “we are all meant to be mothers of God . . . for God is always needing to be born.” As I place these words along-side the question in the Christmas message from the sisters in Iraq – Where and how are we going to be born in this tough crisis in which we live? – I know that I want to be about this birthing process. I want to visit our sisters and brothers, hear their stories, and let them know of our love and concern. As they have been for us in their suffering, I want the presence of our delegation, in the name of the Dominican Family, to be a sign of hope and solidarity.
In Jesus, we experience God’s solidarity with us. And in our solidarity with one another, we draw strength for all our birthing.
- 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.”
- 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: https://www.adriandominicans.org/Donate/index.html
- Catholic Relief Services provides an online means of offering through their relief efforts via: http://emergencies.crs.org/iraq-crs-caritas-reach-displaced-families/
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.
Share this information with the hashtag: #WeHaveFamilyInIraq