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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

Dominican Sisters Win Cultural Diversity Award from National Senior Care Organization

LeadingAge Recognizes Sisters’ Anti-racism Efforts The Dominican Sisters of Springfield, Illinois, have been selected to receive the 2016 Hobart Jackson Cultural Diversity Award from LeadingAge, a national association representing 6,000 nonprofit aging-services organizations throughout the United States. The award recognizes the Dominican Sisters’ “Conscious, committed effort to dismantle racism wherever it exists,” according to the …

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Dominican Sisters Conference decries race-based violence; calls for soul-searching engagement

U.S. Dominican Sisters issued a statement calling for “personal and national soul-searching” as a step toward eradicating the racist systems that wound our nation. Already engaged in efforts to dismantle racism, the Springfield Dominican Sisters support the statement issued by the Dominican Sisters Conference on behalf of the 19 member-congregations of U.S. Dominicans. “We are …

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A Novena in Solidarity with our Sisters and Brothers in Iraq

On the night of August 6, 2014, Daesch (ISIS) swept across the Nineveh Plain of northern Iraq causing hundreds of thousands to flee to relative safety in the Kurdish area. Our own Dominican Family was included in this exodus. Since then they have not only had to deal with the trauma of this unfolding event, …

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Dominican Sisters Celebrate Democratic Proposal to Close the SOA/WHINSEC

  Springfield, Ill.—Twenty years ago the Dominican Sisters of Springfield unanimously voiced their desire to close a controversial U.S. military program that trains military and police forces in Central and South America who then use those skills to perpetrate violence and terror on the people of their own nations. Their advocacy, and that of many …

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Introducing Rosary High School’s First President

Dr. Thomas Choice, former board chair, takes the helm at Rosary August 1. Following a comprehensive study and months of deliberation by a special committee, the board of directors recommended to the member board—the leadership team of the Dominican Sisters of Springfield—the adoption of a president/principal administrative model at Rosary High School. This was unanimously …

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Prayer for the Iraqi Dominican Sisters' General Chapter

Join us in praying with and for them July 1-10. The sisters will elect a new prioress general and make important decisions about their life and ministry. Their prayer: “We search for you and long to see your face—the face of compassion and mercy.” On July 1 the Dominican Sisters of St. Catherine of Sienna …

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The Sacred Heart Statue and the Stuff of Legends

This statue of the Sacred Heart of Jesus ornamented the front porch of the Our Saviour Parish rectory in Jacksonville until 1903. In the late 1800s Sister Mary Agnes McGuire and several other Dominican Sisters of Springfield were invited by the pastor, Father Crowe, to tour the new rectory. The sisters admired the statue, so, …

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One Dominican Sister, One First Grader, One Life-changing Relationship

An Update on Jesuit Student Billy Menor & His Relationship with Sister Samuella Volk, OP Now he’s studying philosophy and sociology at St. Louis University, but in the spring of 2016 Billy Menor was on a cross-country pilgrimage with only $35 in his pocket. He travelled from San Francisco to New York and in-between stopped …

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Twenty-nine New Associates Make Committment

  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, …

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