Video: Billy and Sister Samuella

Billy & Sister Samuella




“Ever since I had Sister (Samuella) in 1st grade there has been a warm spot in my heart for women religious in the church, what they have done for the church and also the tremendous amount of work they have done for the wider world.
At some point on the pilgrimage I wanted to come to a farm that was run by nuns because there are so many of them around the county, and it is a perfect example of the innovative spirit they have in their ministry that sisters have been doing—forever—so ahead of their time… Just now people are becoming interested in ecology, organic farming and so many things the sisters have been doing. It is so inspiring to see sisters following the spirit and teaching people in different ways. It’s a great privilege to be here with the sisters at Sacred Heart praying with them and coming out to see the fruits, I mean the literal fruits of their prayer.” ~ Billy Menor, Jesuit novice on Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Billy Menor went on pilgrimage with only $35 in his pocket from San Francisco, California to one of his final stops: Jubilee Farm in Illinois.
He shared amazing stories about his month-long travel experiences as a Jesuit novice. His most interesting story is about his first grade teacher, Sister M. Samuella Volk, OP, who exhibited the joy that influenced his decision to choose a vocation in religious life.
Billy shared with Sister Sharon Zayac, OP, and Sister Samuella his profound respect for what women religious have done for the world and how Sister Samuella shaped him as a child to revere the earth and all creation in ways that have stuck with him his whole life. Here is a portion of that conversation recorded on Tuesday, May 17, 2016.

It is National Leap Day!

Egg_ar_April_2014_20140404_124106_webFor National Leap Day we are leaping back a year to share a video:”Stations of the Cross artwork created from egg-shells“.

What are your plans for #NationalLeapDay?

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Published on Apr 7, 2014
Stations of the Cross created from egg-shells by Sister Stella Marie for the convent chapel at Holy Angels in Aurora, IL. See the artwork on display in the Heritage Room at Dominican Sisters of Springfield, IL Sacred Heart Convent.

First Station: Jesus is Condemned to Death
Second Station: Jesus Carries His Cross
Third Station: Jesus Falls the First Time
Fourth Station: Jesus Meets his Blessed Mother
Fifth Station: Simon of Cyrene helps Jesus to carry His cross
Sixth Station: Veronica Wipes the Face of Jesus
Seventh Station: Jesus Falls the Second Time
Eighth Station: Jesus Meets the Women of Jerusalem
Ninth Station: Jesus Falls a Third Time
Tenth Station: Jesus is Stripped of his Clothing
Eleventh Station: Jesus is Nailed to the Cross
Twelfth Station: Jesus Dies on the Cross
Thirteenth Station: The Body of Jesus is Taken Down from the Cross
Fourteenth Station: Jesus is Laid in the Tomb
Fifteenth Station: The Resurrection: We pray for hope and transformation.

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Video: I Love Sisters because ____


The Communication Department of Dominican Sisters of Springfield, IL asked our online community to fill in the blank: “I Love Sisters because ____.” or send an encouraging note.  Here is a montage of the photos we received.

March 8-14, 2015 is National Catholic Sisters Week (NCSW); keep the conversation going and share your reason why you love Dominican Sisters!
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Chocolate Santa Book and Video

Christmas Gift from Springfield Dominicans: Chocolate Santa Book

Christmas Gift from Springfield Dominicans: Chocolate Santa Book

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Our Christmas gift to you
is this video of a book
made by our Sister.

This true story was written
and illustrated by
Sister Barbara Jean Zarones, OP.

May the Peace of Christ
dwell in you
through the New Year.