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A (Hidden) Ministry Within a Ministry

“You can do so much with a card!” ~ Sister Mary Francella Vyverman, OP Sister Mary Francella has been a pastoral minister for decades. Her experience has taught her how important the littlest gestures are for people who feel isolated and alone. That’s why she encourages you to send cards to your extended family, people …

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Springfield Dominican Sisters Respond to Nation’s Crisis

There is hope, they say, when the nation acknowledges it failings and pledges to renew a sacred commitment to the common good. The social justice office and the leadership of the Dominican Sisters of Springfield issued a statement today pledging their prayer, energies, and “collective desire for national healing and renewal” in a statement issued …

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Living Hope Testimonial: Using Our Talents for Good

Living Hope Testimonials about the impact Sister Regina Marie had on her students have been coming in over the past few weeks and we’re beyond excited to share them with you! This week’s comes from Sherry Ungaschick. Want to read more about how Sister Regina is a sign Living Hope for all she touched? Head …

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Living Hope Testimonial: A Box of Senior Photos

Living Hope Testimonials about the impact Sister Regina Marie had on her students have been coming in over the past few weeks and we’re beyond excited to share them with you! This week’s comes from Michelle Londrigan. Want to read more about how Sister Regina was a Living Hope for all she touched? Head over …

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Sister Regina Marie’s Prayer Techniques for Prisoners—Could They Work for You?

“We’re all prisoners,” Sue Brosmith mentioned off-handedly. “It’s only the bars that are different.” With this comment, Sue spoke of the spiritual guidance she witnessed Sister Regina Marie Bernet share over many years of volunteer ministry at Jacksonville Correctional Center. For years Sue joined a “trio” of Dominican Sisters and other dedicated volunteers at the …

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Living Hope Testimonial: Graced with Guidance

Living Hope Testimonials about the impact Sister Regina Marie had on her students have been coming in over the past few weeks and we’re beyond excited to share them with you! This week’s comes from Peggy Derhake. Want to read more about how Sister Regina was a Living Hope for all she touched? Head over …

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Dominican Associate Barbara Collins Finds Hope in Helping Polish Children

by Barbara Collins, Dominican associate An inspiring story about how one associate lives the Dominican mission to compassionately preach the gospel of Jesus Christ. Now residing in Sacramento, Calif., Barbara served on the Associate Committee, 2005 – 2011, and continues to stay closely involved with the Dominican Sisters of Springfield. As COVID-19 was first being …

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Sisters Make a Difference in Iraqi Resettlement

Sisters Make a Difference in Iraqi Resettlement

By A Nathan Mihelich Iraq and neighboring countries face the worst humanitarian crisis in the region’s history, including the displacement of more than 4 million people, meanwhile U.S. and international assistance remains woefully inadequate. In spite of current legislation intended to help, tens of thousands of Iraqis remain in danger. It is now nearly impossible …

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Springfield Dominican Sisters Confirm Corporate Stance on Migration

Photo: Sisters Judith Hilbing, Elyse Ramirez, Ann Clennon, and Marcelline Koch with SIAN co-chair Veronica Espina during 2017 DACA rally in Springfield, Illinois. Decision made to “affirm current and future ministries and commit to continue education of sisters and associates” on the many complexities of migration policy and the gospel demands of justice. Springfield, Ill. …

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Peru Independence Day at Sacred Heart Convent

The sisters at Sacred Heart Convent celebrated Peru’s independence from Spain with typical Peruvian flair on Tuesday. Morning Mass began with a joyful Peruvian-style procession and chaplain Father Michael DeTemple, OP, recognized the sisters who were missionaries in Peru and the sisters in Peru today. “This was a celebration in solidarity with our sisters in …

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Join Us in the Struggle against Human Trafficking

July 30 is World Anti-trafficking Day. Please join us in asking Attorney General William Barr to fund and enforce the 2008 Protect our Children Act. Dominican Sisters of Springfield are members of a powerful advocacy and education organization called U.S. Catholic Sisters Against Human Trafficking. Through this organization we have learned, educated others, and most …

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