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The Becker Family: Cathy, Josh, Clare, Leah, and Elizabeth

The Becker Family’s Epic Journey: Reconnecting Family in a Post-Pandemic Season

In March 2020 the world suddenly became very small for all of us. My family was no exception. The girls, Leah and Clare, stayed home every day and accessed school via video conference. Josh and I still worked but had limited contact with co-workers and no contact with anyone else. Elisabeth, who lives in Chicago, …

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Serena Johnson

Marian Catholic High School Holds First-Ever Fine Arts Signing Day

Marian Catholic High School celebrated five seniors in the Fine Arts Department during the school’s first-ever Fine Arts Signing Day on Tuesday, May 11. These students will be continuing their careers in band at the collegiate level. “We were so happy to offer the opportunity to have an official ‘signing day’ for some of our …

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Reality through Another’s Eyes: Poems for Peacemaking

This article originally appeared in the Winter 2020-2021 Edition of JUST Words. Interested in receiving your own copy of JUST Words? Sign-up here for the print or digital versions.  By: Sister Patricia Stark, OP Sister Patricia lives at Sacred Heart Convent and participated in Sister Mila’s course on the prophets. ____________________________________________________________________________________ Recently, Springfield Dominican Sister …

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US Catholic Sisters Against Human Trafficking

How Catholic Sisters Help Survivors Thrive!

Human trafficking is a $150 billion business. As a member of Catholic Sisters Against Human Trafficking, the Dominican Sisters of Springfield are part of a global network working to end this dehumanizing criminal enterprise. In this webinar you will hear from Sister Kathlyn Mulcahy, a Springfield Dominican Sister and director of Bethany House, a Chicago …

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“The COVID Class”—Associates who made Commitment in 2021

“Beautiful Spirit” among this year’s class, Sister M. Joan Sorge says Springfield, Ill.—From as nearby as down the street and as far away as Brookline, Mass., eleven women and men made formal commitment as associates of the Dominican Sisters of Springfield during ceremonies at Sacred Heart Convent on Sunday, May 2, 2021. The associates who …

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Sister Mary Jo Sobieck, OP

Of the 10 Children Joe and Louise Sobieck raised in Sauk Rapids, Minn., Sister Mary Jo was their youngest. Brothers Greg, Tim, Willie, Bob, and Charlie, and sisters Tina, Paula, Geri, and Meg have each lived an itinerant lifestyle all their own before returning to make a home among family and friends. Only Sister Mary …

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Sister Marcelline Koch, OP

Sister Marcelline Koch’s parents were Helen and William Koch of Mt. Sterling, Ill. When she entered the community after high school graduation there was already a Sister Marcelline from Mt. Sterling in the community, so she was not able to keep her own name. She was given the religious name Sister Mary Marcille when she …

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Sister Janet Marie Pfile, OP

Sister Janet Marie Pfile was born to Vi and William Pfile in Decatur in 1941. When she entered the novitiate in 1960 her religious name was Sister Maria del Rey though she later reverted to her baptismal name. Her younger sister, Judith would join her in Dominican life two years later. Sister Janet Marie’s early …

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Springfield Dominican Sisters Respond to Verdict of Derek Chauvin Trial

A Statement from the Leadership of the Dominican Sisters of Springfield Regarding the Verdict of the Derek Chauvin Trial   For the loved ones of George Floyd, the people of Minnesota, and all people bent under the weight of systemic racism, yesterday’s verdict in the Derek Chauvin murder trial was a graced reminder that the …

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Sister Sharon Zayac, OP from Jubilee Farm

Celebrating Earth Day with Jubilee Farm

Sister Sharon Zayac, OP and Sister Anita Cleary, OP share about the things to experience at Jubilee Farm and how green burial shrouds are made. The Earth Awareness Fair video was produced by the City of Springfield, Illinois Mayor’s Office. Video will premiere on Thursday, April 22nd in honor of Earth Day. What is Jubilee Farm? …

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Violet Protest Project: Sister Linda Hayes Participates in Collaborative Textile Art

How can one individual respond to the political divisiveness and violence plaquing our country?  I found my answer when I stumbled upon the VIOLET PROTEST PROJECT. Opened March 10 – September 5, Phoenix Art Museum, 9500 squares on display with new squares added each week. This project was conceived by Arizona artist Ann Morton, who uses …

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Are you ready to celebrate the Triduum?

Since 1969 the Triduum has been recognized as its own liturgical season in the Roman Catholic liturgical calendar. Triduum, meaning three days, is a bridge between Lent and Easter that begins at sunset on Holy Thursday and concludes at sunset on Easter Sunday. In between, the church’s liturgical life is centered on the paschal mystery—the …

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