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“Back then she was Sister Bernarda” – A Christmas tribute to Sister Norma Somers

Joy. Grace. Humility. These are the gifts Sister Norm Somers, aka Sister Bernarda, shares with the world today. Don’t we need more of that? Thank you in advance for your gift to the Dominican Sisters of Springfield. Sister Norma and Sister Beth are grateful for your generosity and your belief in the Dominican Sisters mission […]

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“Curiosity, Adventure, Companionship”

Sister Norma’s sense of curiosity and adventure persists as she ages. Even though she’s no longer traipsing along country backroads, she still gifts her sisters and loved ones with her companionship—and her curiosity about the world. When you make a gift to the Dominican Sisters, you enable the well-being of our senior sisters, Like Sister

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Christmas 2023 “Special in our hearts”

By Mike & Betty Goldasich Successful elementary school principals create a calm and orderly atmosphere in the school, providing unflappable leadership for students, teachers, and parents alike. That’s how Mike and Betty Goldasich remember Sister Norma, who was principal of Our Saviour School, Jacksonville, Ill., when their daughter attended.  Though fewer sisters are in classrooms

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Outreach program by ISU Audiology helps sisters

By Tricia Larkin In early 2023, the Eckelmann-Taylor Speech and Hearing Clinic, on the campus of Illinois State University, began a collaborative partnership with the Dominican Sisters of Springfield, Illinois. From a positive appointment that one of the sisters had at the on-campus clinic, contact from Ruth Kopec, M.S., RN Director of Nursing for the

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Cultural Dream: educational improvement in the Amazon

Contemplate  Among the complexities of the Amazonian territory, we highlight the fragility of education, especially among indigenous peoples. Although education is a human right, the quality of education is poor and school dropout rates are high, especially among girls. Education evangelizes, promotes social transformation, empowering people with a holy critical sense. “A good school education

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Second Week of Advent: Hear the Cry of the Poor

Contemplate  The cry of the poor in the Amazon refers to the concerns and protests of the indigenous, rural and poor communities living in the Amazonia region of South America. These communities have been fighting for decades for the protection of their rights, the preservation of their ancestral lands and the conservation of the environment

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Cry of the Land: Protect the Amazon, Protect our Earth

  By Sister Zully Rojas Quispe Dominican Missionary of the Rosary FEDERATION OF DOMINICAN SISTERS OF PERU Why care about the Amazon? The “cry of the earth” is an expression used in the context of the papal encyclical “Laudato si'” and other ecclesiastical documents related to environmental concerns. It describes the suffering and degradation that

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Sister M. Henrianne Schmidt, OP

Sister Henrianne’s ServicesVisitors are welcome. Visitation: 4:00 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. on Monday, November 27, 2023, at Sacred Heart Convent Chapel, 1237 W. Monroe St., Springfield, IL 62704. Visitation will begin with a prayer service. Funeral Mass: 6:30 p.m. on Monday, November 27, 2023, at Sacred Heart Convent Chapel, Father Michael DeTemple, OP, celebrant. Wake

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Learning about our common home at Jubilee Farm

The peak seasonal colors of the maples, oaks, and tulip trees at Jubilee Farm provided a vivid backdrop for members of the Illinois Environmental Council who recently visited the ecology and spirituality center sponsored by the Springfield Dominicans. Members of the IEC explored the 164-acre center to learn about the programs that Jubilee Farm offers

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