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Sister Beth Murphy, OP

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

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Sister Mary Virginia Derhake, OP

Sister Mary Virginia’s Services Visitors are welcome; masks and social distancing required. Visitation: 4:00-5:00 p.m., Tuesday, March 1, Sacred Heart Convent Chapel, 1237 W. Monroe St., Springfield, IL 62704. Visitation begins with a prayer service. Funeral Mass: 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Sacred Heart Convent Chapel, Dominican Father Michael DeTemple, celebrant. Burial: 10 a.m. Wednesday, March 2, …

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An Unending Circle of Prayer: 15 Years of Sister Maristella Dunlavy’s Card Ministry

When Sister Maristella Dunlavy retired from her educational ministry in 2006, she concluded 14 years as principal of Cathedral Grade School. As she prepared to move on, the prioress general of the Dominican Sisters of Springfield asked whether she would consent to serving as sacristan at Sacred Heart Convent. “Yes, I’d be honored to do …

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Sister Helen Michael Horne, OP

Sister Helen Michael’s Services Visitors are welcome; masks and social distancing required. Visitation: 4:00-5:00 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 15, Sacred Heart Convent Chapel, 1237 W. Monroe St., Springfield, IL 62704. Visitation begins with a prayer service. Funeral Mass: 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Sacred Heart Convent Chapel, Dominican Father Michael DeTemple, celebrant. Wake Service Funeral Mass Burial: 10 …

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Bob BLackwell accepting his award

Robert Blackwell, Dominican Associate, Honored for Transformational Antiracism Work

Springfield Dominican Associate Robert Blackwell was honored Tuesday night with the Dr. Kenniebrew Equity 2022 Trailblazer Award for his commitment to and transformational work in equity, diversity, and inclusion. Retired in 2021 from his role as Chief in the Office of Racial Equity Practice at Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, Bob continues his …

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104-year-old Sister Elise Bocke is one of the Springfield Dominican Sisters who lives in the Dominican Sisters’ private residential facility on West Monroe Street in Springfield, Ill.

Dominican Sisters Offer Healthcare Career Path for Compassionate Caregivers

Launch your healthcare career with the Dominican Sisters of Springfield, who are looking for CNAs—or those who wish to be—to care for the elder sisters in a newly refurbished 36-bed facility at Sacred Heart Convent in Springfield. The sisters offer a tuition program for employees, enabling those interested in a healthcare career a place to …

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Sister Rosemary McGuire: “I Loved That!”

Sister Rosemary McGuire has given herself wholeheartedly to every ministry to which she’s been called. First it was teaching primary grades at schools in the Chicago metro area, Peoria, and East Alton. “I loved that!” she said. When the community discovered she could teach math she moved to junior high and back to Springfield, her …

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Antiracism Books

Recommended Reading from SDART Members and other friends engaged in the struggle for an antiracist future. White Rage. The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide. Carol Anderson. New York: Bloomsbury. 2016. From the Civil War to our combustible present, White Rage reframes our continuing conversation about race, chronicling the powerful forces opposed to black progress …

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Sister Gabriella with Santa Claus

Sister Gabriella Luebbers: Doing the “Little Things”

A Dominican sister for 72 years, Sister Gabriella Luebbers has lived for the last 33 years at Sacred Heart Convent. Before that she taught—first elementary school and then, in high school—French. For a time, she was principal of Rosary High School in Aurora, Ill. She says her pre-convent nursing home experience helped her feel comfortable …

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The Dominican Family in Myanmar Needs Your Help

Our Dominican Family in Myanmar needs your prayer and action today. Since the military coup there on February 1 the country has been in chaos, with a brutal crackdown on dissent and attempts to silence the country’s media. On Nov. 11 the United Nations Security Council issued a rare, unanimous call for an immediate end …

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Sister Constance Klamroth, OP

Sister Connie’s Services Visitors are welcome; masks required. Visitation: 4:00-5:00 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2021, Sacred Heart Convent Chapel, 1237 W. Monroe St., Springfield, IL 62704 Funeral Mass: 6:30 p.m., Nov. 3, Sacred Heart Convent Chapel, Dominican Father Michael DeTemple, celebrant. Funeral Mass livestream link Burial: Roselawn Memorial Park, 10 a.m. Thurs. Nov. 4. Livestream on …

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Allhallowtide: October 31-November 2

Allhallowtide: Changing Up Your Family’s Halloween Traditions

Day Hour Minute Second The countdown to Allhallowtide has begun! Many regions of the country are experiencing some relief from COVID-19 infections and hospitalizations, increasing the prospect that Halloween celebrations may give children and families a welcome respite and a time for enjoyment. The origins of our modern Halloween rituals lie deep within the human …

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Sister Ann Regina Baker, OP

Sister Ann Regina’s Services Visitors are welcome; masks required. Visitation: 4:00-5:00 p.m., Monday, Oct. 18, 2021, Sacred Heart Convent Chapel, 1237 W. Monroe St., Springfield, IL 62704 Funeral Mass: 6:30 p.m., Monday, Oct. 18, Sacred Heart Convent Chapel, Dominican Father Michael DeTemple, celebrant. Funeral Mass live stream link Burial: Roselawn Memorial Cemetery, 1 p.m., Tuesday, …

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Sister Mary Gianini, OP

Sister Mary’s Services Visitors are welcome; masks required. Visitation: 4:00-5:00 p.m., Monday, Oct. 11, 2021, Sacred Heart Convent Chapel, 1237 W. Monroe St., Springfield, IL 62704 Funeral Mass: 6:30 p.m., Monday, Oct. 11, Sacred Heart Convent Chapel, Dominican Father Michael DeTemple, celebrant. Funeral Mass live stream link Burial: Calvary Cemetery, 10 a.m., Tuesday, Oct. 12. Livestream on …

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