Celebrating 150 Years For the Life of the World

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August 19, 2022-August 19, 2023

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St. Luke says that Mary, the soon-to-be mother of Jesus, traveled “in haste” to celebrate with Elizabeth the “great things” God was doing in their lives. When Elizabeth heard Mary’s joyful greeting she said to her young cousin, “Blessed are you who believed that what was spoken to you by the Lord would be fulfilled.”

Not unlike Mary, our founding sisters traveled unexpectedly and in “great haste,” too—not from Nazareth to Ein Karem, but from Springfield, Kentucky to Jacksonville, Illinois—to fulfill an urgent need for teachers in an elementary school full of Irish immigrant children. 150 years later, we persist in singing with Mary that God has indeed done great things for us. God has, and is, at every moment, fulfilling God’s promises to us.

Please celebrate with us!

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Upcoming Events

Can you join us for 10:30 a.m. Mass and a light meal on Founders' Day, August 19?

I'm Coming August 19!

April 1-July 30, 2023

Celebrating 150 Years of Ministry for the Life of the World: an interactive exhibit about the history of the Springfield Dominican Sisters in the place it all started, Jacksonville, Ill. Visit the Jacksonville Area Museum.

June 5, 2023

High school preachers from Sacred Heart-Griffin, Marian Catholic, and Rosary High School will spend the day with our sisters and visit the museum exhibit at the Jacksonville Area Museum.

August 19, 2023

10:30 a.m. Mass at Sacred Heart Convent Chapel, followed by a light meal. Open to the public. RSVP requested. Livestreamed.

Become the Story

If you want to become part of the 800-year-old Dominican project to light the world on fire with God's love, you've come to the right place. Click here to discover all the ways you can join the Dominican mission of preaching the Gospel for the Life of the World!

We've created special prayers for use on the 19th of each month to honor and celebrate our history. Download the prayers here.

Don't miss any of our events. Download the event calendar here.

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