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.
Saints are on my mind. We’ve just passed what I think of as a triduum of holy days: All Hallows Eve, All Saints Day, and all Souls Day. Yesterday we Dominicans celebrated the Feast of Martin DePorres, our Peruvian brother. Today is the feast of the great reformer Charles Borromeo.
In our common prayer, this whole week is given over to remembering the deceased sisters and brothers of the Order of Preachers. We are also, incidentally, getting ready to launch a jubilee year for the Order marking 800 years since Pope Honorius III issued a formal papal document making real St. Dominic’s dream for an Order of Preachers.
If that weren’t enough, for the U.S. Church, it’s National Vocation Awareness Week.
Does it seem odd to you that during a week commemorating a lot of dead people, we are also giving a LOUD shout out to young women and men to consider a vocation as a sister, brother, or religious priest?
Not at all! “The saints” or “the holy ones” are those who have been baptized into Christ Jesus and live their lives for Christ. In his angelus address on Sunday, Pope Francis made reference to the Communion of Saints. He called it “Our big family” and said it was “Made up of all the members of the Church, those who are still pilgrims on earth, and those – immensely more numerous – who already have departed and gone to heaven.”
Think Great Aunt Lena. And Uncle Frank. And if you are – as I am, a family historian – think fifth great-grandmother Molly Porter.
Think about more than just dead people.
Think about the selfless neighbor who came to your rescue when your mom’s car broke down on her way to pick you up at pre-school. Think about the janitor who makes sure the trash is emptied in your calculus classroom every morning. On weekends, does he quietly help out at the soup kitchen? Think about the manager at the grocery store, or the elderly lady who unlocks the church every morning. Do they care for ill spouses or disabled children, giving their love completely? Think about the aid worker in Syria or Iraq, who may be the only one standing between hunger and death for hundreds of refugees.
I think about many of my own Dominican Sisters.
- Sister Barbara Bogenschutz, who serves in solidarity with the Sioux Indians at Pine Ridge in South Dakota.
- Sister Trinita Eddington, who humbly meets the heath needs of dozens of people who are poor, or homeless on the streets of Jackson, Miss.
- Sister Ann Brummel, who oversees the education needs of hundreds of students at Rosary High School in Aurora, Ill.
- Sister Regina Marie Bernet, an octogenarian, who through art therapy helps heal the emotional wounds of women and men incarcerated in central Illinois prisons.
Now think of yourself.
Yes, you. You, too, are a member of the Communion of Saints. You, too, have a vocation to love. You too, as Pope Francis says “bear the surname of God.” Your family name is God, because you are God’s child.
Welcome to the family. Welcome to the Communion of Saints.
Sister Philip Neri Crawford, OP will attend Pope Francis’s address to Congress with Illinois Senator Dick Durbin! Read Steven Spearie’s story by clicking here.
Sister Philip Neri Crawford, OP to Attend Pope’s Address to Congress
Senator Dick Durbin has selected Sister Philip Neri Crawford as his guest to see the Pope’s address to joint meeting of congress on September 24th. Sister Philip was born and raised in Springfield, attended St. Agnes grade school, and Springfield High School. She spent 14 years teaching at Sacred Heart Griffin where she is currently on the board of directors. Senator Durbin says he is honored to have her join him for Pope Francis’ historic address.
Read more about it here.
Einstein the Border Collie performs tricks for the Sisters at Sacred Heart Convent. Einstein’s owner is the brother-in-law of Sister M. Dominic Yanker and visited the weekend of October 10, 2014. Sister Dominic recently moved from Monastery of Mary the Queen Elmira, NY with the rest of the Dominican Nuns to live on the1st floor of Siena Hall connected to Sacred Heart Convent as they wait for the completion of their new monastery. The Dominican Family is growing all the time! The video was shot in the Dominican Sisters of Springfield, IL Sacred Heart Convent north courtyard.