Happy Feast Day of Saint Dominic 2016!

DonGoergenInterview_4-29-16.Still_sqaure_1Happy Feast Day of Saint Dominic! Celebrate the day by watching an interview with the author of a new book about St. Dominic. The interview was on 4/29/2016 at Sacred Heart Convent in Springfield, Illinois.

Fr. Donald Goergen, OP  was interviewed by Sister Beth Murphy, OP about all things Dominican and his new book: St. Dominic: The Story of a Preaching Friar.

Pick up the book here.


Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

St. Patricks Day 2016Happy St. Patrick’s Day from the Sisters and staff at Sacred Heart Convent!

Click on the image above to see Sister Jean Patrick Ehrhardt, OP and Sister M. Jeanine McGinley, OP talk about their St. Patrick’s Day outfits.

See the Periscope video here.

Sr. Marilyn Jean Runkel, OP was named an “Honorary Leprechaun” at St Patrick’s Blarney Bash for her many years of service and support for St. Patrick School. Go raibh maith agat!

Sr. Marilyn Jean Runkel was named an "Honorary Leprechaun" at St Patrick's Blarney Bash for her many years of service and support for St. Patrick School. Go raibh maith agat!

Sr. Marilyn Jean Runkel was named an “Honorary Leprechaun” at St Patrick’s Blarney Bash for her many years of service and support for St. Patrick School. Go raibh maith agat!

Sister Regina Graham, OP

Sister Regina Graham, OP

Sister Regina Graham, OP

Please pray for the repose of the soul of Sister Regina Graham, OP who passed away early this morning.

May she enjoy her eternal reward. Well done, good and faithful servant!

Arrangements for Sister Regina Graham.

All services are at Sacred Heart Convent, 1237 W. Monroe St., Springfield.

Gathering 3 p.m. Sunday March 20, 2016
Wake service 6:30 p.m.
Office for the Dead is 9 a.m. Monday, March 21
Mass of Christian Burial, 10 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Dominican Sisters Retirement Fund, 1237 W. Monroe St., Springfield, IL 62704.

New Van for Sisters Possible from Donations

MV-1 Van Arrives!


Thanks to all who donated to our fall appeal and made the purchase of a new van for our wheel bound sisters possible!

The new MV-1 Van arrived on Thursday, February 18, 2016 and Sisters began practicing how to secure the wheelchairs in the vehicle.  The van can take two wheelchairs and three other passengers.  The automatic ramp facilitates ease of getting in and out of the van!   After a few mock-runs of securing the wheelchair, the Sisters buckled their seat-belts and went on their first test drive.   God Bless you for making this possible!

Sisters that are drivers and companions are in the final frame of the video. Left to right: Sister M. Josetta Brown, OP; Sister Jean Patrick Ehrhardt, OP; Sister M. Zachary Sergeena, OP; Sister M. Corde Lenn, OP  and Sister Rose Marie Riley, OP.  Sister Kathleen Anne Tait, OP (in the red shirt) from the Mission Advancement office is in the video along with Lucas Propstmilik (black and white striped shirt) and Rick Bohm (black shirt) from the Maintenance Department.


Sister M. Alverna Hollis, OP

hollisalvernaSister M. Alverna Hollis, OP  died peacefully this morning in the Motherhouse at Sacred Heart Convnet.  May she rest in peace and enjoy her eternal reward.  Please remember Sister Alverna in your prayers.

Thursday, December 3rd

3:00            Gathering

3:30-6:15    Visitation

4:30            Vigil Service with Preaching

5:00            Dinner

6:30            Funeral Mass followed by reception in dining room

Friday, December 4th

9:15            Daily Eucharist

10:30          Office for the Dead followed by Rememberings, Final Commendation

and Burial

Noon          Dinner



Written and sung by the pastoral workers at the National Catholic Office of the Deaf during her farewell celebration as she prepared for her mission in Peru.

Alverna once taught high school Art
And thought that’s where she’d stay
And after school she taught deaf kids
‘Bout God and how to pray.

Dave Walsh said, “Come to Pastoral Week—
I promise you’ll have fun.”
She did—and now she has his job
And lives in Washington

She works there as an author,
Editor, and speaker too;
Interpreter, fundraiser,
Always learning something new.

She cooks and sews and babysits
And studies Spanish, and
Each morning exercise to
Improve her tennis hand.

Now you might call NCOD (National Catholic Office for the Deaf)
And find she isn’t in
Just redirect your call to Spain
Or China or Berlin

Or Israel or Ireland
Or someplace in between
We might raise eyebrows but in truth
We might envy where she’s been.

And now her plans toward Peru
So far from us she’ll feel,
And we applaud her faithfulness
And missionary zeal.

Alverna, Buena amiga, gracias!
Gracias por todo!
Nuestros corazones van con tu-u en Peru.

(Translation: good friend, thank you!
Thank you for everything!
Our hearts go with your to Peru.)