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Sister Beth Murphy, OP

Sister Beth Murphy is the Communication Director for the Dominican Sisters of Springfield.

Sister Beth Murphy, OP

Dominicans in Ministry Feel the Heat of Immigration Reform Debate

“Almost all of the people I know don’t have papers,’ Rosaria said. “I wanted to drive safe, have insurance, live legally here.’ The young Mexican immigrant came to central Illinois on a short-term tourist visa, desperate for work she couldn’t find at home. She found a factory job, began studying English, and applied for permanent …

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The Preaching Life: Women in the Order of Preachers

“The people called forth the preaching charism in me,” Sister Charlotte Rebbe said, “They expected me to be a preacher.” That, in a nutshell, is how one Springfield Dominican sister came to understand a life she’s committed herself to decades earlier. Sister Charlotte served as parish director in a rural Wisconsin diocese when she experienced …

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Socially Responsible Investing:
“Touching the Lives of People We can’t Count”

Somewhere in the United States there is a Coca-Cola employee with HIV who has the life-saving drugs she needs because of action taken by the Dominican Sisters of Springfield. Throughout Asia, factory managers are receiving the training they need to implement safe labor practices, protecting the lives and dignity of thousands of workers, because the …

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Long Journey Brings Nigerian Sisters to St. Edwards

In 2004, the authors, Sister Elise Bocke, OP and Sister Alverna Hollis, OP, lived at St. Edward Convent and welcomed the Nigerian Dominican Sisters. August 15 was a happy day for the sisters of St. Edward Convent in Chicago. Sisters Perpetua Chime and Cecilia Madu from Dusau, Nigeria, finally arrived at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport. …

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Walking to the Crossroads:
Springfield Dominicans Engage in
Anti-Racism Process

When facilitators from Crossroads Ministry told the Dominican Sisters of Springfield that becoming an anti-racist institution is a twenty-year struggle, many people found that difficult to imagine, Sister Beverly Jean Howe among them. “I must admit I’m somewhat overwhelmed that the organizers say this is a twenty-year process,” said the Rockford, Ill.-based canon lawyer. “But …

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Technology 101:
Learning in a Digital World

“I worked down at the school board as a reading specialist, but that wasn’t as much fun as this.” That is Sister Elise Bocke’s assessment of her latest ministry assignment. After sixty-three years in education, Sister Elise finds herself happily on the frontier of computer-assisted learning at St. Edward School on Chicago’s north side. “A …

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Sisters Luma and Rihab:
Growing the Seeds of Peace

“It seems that it is God’s will that we are here.” That is Sister Luma Khudher’s summary of the odyssey that brought her and Sister Rihab Mousa to the United States during one of the lowest points in the historically difficult relationship between the United States and their homeland, Iraq. “I thought after that tragedy …

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‘Missionary Impulse’ is Hermana Mila’s Foundation for Ministry

Life is an adventure for Hermana Mila Diaz Solano. You can see it in her smile, hear it in her voice, and read it in her every move. That sense of adventure served her well when she and Sister Kathlyn Mulcahy opened a mission in the remote Peruvian Andes in January 2000. After almost two …

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Thank You for Making an Impact: Sister Samuella is Thrilled

This is a copy of Sister Samuella’s hometown newspaper, the Mt. Sterling Democrat-Message, from January 11, 1950. The BIG NEWS, on the front page—just below the report of the Mt. Sterling city council meeting—is the story about the day Sister Samuella gave her life to God as a novice with the Dominican Sisters of Springfield: …

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Sister Mary Xavier Kelly, OP

Sister M. Xavier’s Services Visitation: 4:00 p.m.—6:15 p.m., Monday, December 16, 2019, Sacred Heart Convent Chapel, 1237 W. Monroe St. in Springfield. Visitation begins with a prayer service. Funeral Mass: 6:30 p.m., Monday, December 16, 2019, Sacred Heart Convent Chapel, Dominican Father Peter Witchousky, celebrant. Morning Prayer, Remembering, and Final Commendation: 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, December …

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