Sunday, April 17, 2016 is the 53rd Anniversary of the World Day of Prayer for Vocations!
Please join our Springfield Dominican Sisters throughout the week to pray for young people who are discerning religious life.
Do you know someone you feel has the gifts to be a Sister? Contact our vocation director, Sister Teresa Marron, for tips on how to water the seed of God’s call in someone you know and love.
Interested in Dominican life for yourself? Keep reading!
Do you have a heart made for God? Here’s the secret: everyone does! It’s just a matter of being quiet long enough to hear where your heart, already connected to God, is calling you. Do you think religious life takes courage? It does, some. Having courage is the same thing as having “heart.” The cour in courage means heart! St. Paul’s talk about being members of the body of Christ is another way of saying that we live deeply connected to one another and to all of God’s creation in the heart of Jesus, God’s love-made-human for us all.
Do you have a sense of adventure? Do you like the idea of learning a second language? Traveling overseas? Giving a year of service in an unfamiliar city? Then you already have that sense of adventure that might make you an excellent sister-candidate! There is no shortage of adventure when you belong to the Dominican Family: sisters, nuns, priests, brother, laity, and associates who circle the globe and are deeply committed to one another and the preaching mission that St. Dominic imagined when he founded the Order of Preachers 800 years ago.
Do you want to be happy? Who doesn’t! There’s all kinds of evidence now that the one thing that makes us happiest—no matter who we are—is a deep sense of gratitude for the gift of our life, the little and big pleasures, wonders, and surprises that keep us aware of the movement of God’s Holy Spirit in our lives and in our world. Being a Sister comes with a HUGE happiness quotient when it is the right fit for you.
Are you looking for a place to belong? Sooner or later every person develops her own sense of identity and the awareness that her gifts are meant, not just for herself, but for the well-being of the world. When you come to that realization, life in religious community can be a fantastic place to land!
More about us
People who know us well say that we Springfield Dominican Sisters are effective ministers and powerful pray-ers, hospitable and down-to-earth folks. They see us as leaders in places where God’s people are alive and thriving. We have a broad reach across Illinois, the lower 48 states, and in the peaks and valleys of Peru. With us, you and other like-minded women have the opportunity to live out your dreams in ways that can change the world.
It is never too early—or too late—to consider joining St. Dominic’s Family, the Order or Preachers. And we’d be honored to accompany you on your journey of discernment no matter what time in life you are ready to respond to God’s call.
Want to know more? The easiest way to learn more about being a Dominican Sister is to talk with a Dominican Sister. You can reach out in all the traditional and electronic ways, but the best way is to get to know one of us, either at Sacred Heart Convent in Springfield, Ill. or at one of the MANY locations where we live and minster.
We are known most prominently for our education and healthcare ministries, but do you know that we also minister to people in need of spiritual guidance, pastoral care, and counseling? Do you know that we are caretakers of 150 acres of land in central Illinois where our mission is to care for Earth, our common home?
In to Education?
At our three Illinois high schools—Rosary High School, Aurora; Sacred Heart-Griffin, Springfield; and Marian Catholic, Chicago Heights—we teach and preach the Gospel, passing along to young women and men excellent intellectual training, a love for Jesus, a commitment to Truth, and the skills needed for productive and faithful adulthood.
Thinking about Healthcare?
This year we celebrate 70 years of compassionate, healing service to the people of central Mississippi at St. Dominic Hospital and St. Dominic Community Health Clinic in Jackson, where our sisters are prophetic witnesses to God’s healing presence.
You might not be aware that we also minister in places like Our Lady of the Sioux, at Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in Oglala, South Dakota, or that we are deeply engaged in accompanying women and men who want to learn English and become U.S. citizens at our two literacy centers in the Chicago area.
Unsure of Where to Use Your Gifts?
Do you also know that our Springfield Dominican family includes both North and South Americans? Our Peruvian Sisters minister in La Oroya and Jarpa—Peru’s mining and agricultural district—and in Lima’s urban center in parishes and in a shelter for homeless elderly women.
We are passionate in our commitment to dismantle systemic racism in the United States and Peru. Our modest efforts have begun to ripple throughout our spheres of influence in exciting, and we believe, Spirit-led ways to root out systemic racism.
If you love God and God’s people, and are attracted—even a little bit—to finding yourself by losing yourself in service to the Gospel, then be in touch with us!
Why not give God the opportunity to prove you wrong? You have nothing to lose and everything to gain! There is a place for you as a Springfield Dominican Sister.
You have a gift.
You have an opportunity to share your gift as a woman in the Catholic Church in ways you may have thought were not possible.
You can be an anchor for others’ faith.
You can be the connection to God for people who need God in their lives.
You can be the bond of relationship so deeply needed to manifest God’s Heaven-on-Earth today.
You can be your best self, your most authentic self, as a Springfield Dominican Sister.
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.
National Vocation Awareness Week (NVAW) is an annual week-long celebration of the Catholic Church in the United States dedicated to promote vocations to ordained ministry and consecrated life through prayer and education, and to renew our prayers and support for those who are considering one of these particular vocations.
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Sister Rose Marie, OP shares her experience of mutual relationships in religious life during National Vocation Awareness Week 2014.