Remembering Our Roots in Jacksonville

By Sister Beth Murphy, OP | March 27, 2023

The first Dominican sisters in central Illinois walked off a train in Jacksonville on Tuesday, August 19, 1873, and into the life of the city, where, the next day, they began organizing for the school year at St. Patrick’s. They couldn’t have known then, but that was the first day of ministry for a new congregation of Dominican Sisters that would still be witnessing to the Gospel of Jesus in central Illinois-and around the globe-150 years later. This […]

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St. Malachy Parishioners Show up for Retreat

By Website Administrator | March 13, 2023

Sister Denise Glazik, OP, director of the Springfield Dominican vocation office,  organized a Busy Persons Retreat for parishioners at St. Malachy Parish, Rantoul, Ill., and they showed up! About 40 persons participated. The Dominican Sisters are very familiar with the people of St. Malachy, having served there for more than 100 of our 150 years in existence.  With heavy hearts the congregation withdrew from Rantoul two years ago due to lack of available sisters.  But the parishioners said […]

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Sister Linda Hayes knitting and weaving projects help others

By Website Administrator | March 10, 2023

Dominican Sister Linda Hayes likes to count. She has always been a numbers person and has incorporated her love of numbers by creating blankets and hats for others.  The craft she learned as a child continues to offer comfort to others in times of need. “I have weaved, crocheted and knitted for a long time and if I see something that strikes my fancy then I do it,” said Sister Linda smiling. She credits her mother for insisting […]

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Siena Hall to be Memorialized, Razed

By Sister Beth Murphy, OP | February 28, 2023

SPRINGFIELD, ILL.-The Dominican Sisters of Springfield will hold an open house for graduates of Sacred Heart Academy who lived at Siena Hall as students, a final memorial to the building before it is razed sometime during the summer months. While the building was most recently the residence of a community of monastic Dominican nuns, from 1949-1977 it operated as a student residence for the all-girls academy the Dominicans opened after they relocated from Jacksonville to Springfield in 1893. […]

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Vocation Discernment Event Scheduled for March 10-12, 2023

By Sister Beth Murphy, OP | February 23, 2023

“Even if you are just a little bit curious, you are welcome,” said Sister Denise Glazik about two upcoming opportunities for single Catholic women to explore religious life. The “Come & See” weekend is planned for March 10-12, 2023, at Cor Unum House-a convent nestled into one of Springfield’s friendliest neighborhoods. Single Catholic women ages 18-40 are welcome to register. Register now Participants will experience first-hand the rhythms of prayer and daily for sisters active in ministry and […]

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Illinois’ Catholic sisters launch campaign to “Refuse to Use” single-use plastic beverage bottles

By Brandon Durham | February 10, 2023

Twenty-three congregations of Catholic sisters serving in Illinois will observe Catholic Sisters Week, March 8-14, with a challenge: do not consume beverages from single-use plastic bottles. “We are taking advantage of the annual observance of Catholic Sisters Week to educate, inform, and act to end plastic waste through a Refuse to Use campaign,” said Sister Marcelline Koch, the justice promoter for the Dominican Sisters of Springfield. According to National Geographic, 18 billion pounds of plastic waste flow into […]

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Black History Month: Dominican Sisters Honor Illinois Residents

By Website Administrator | February 9, 2023

Some of the trailblazing men and women of Illinois history are either African American or prominent in the African American story. The Dominican Sisters of Springfield kicked off Black History Month by placing posters throughout Sacred Heart Convent that pay tribute to generations of African Americans. Special thanks to Sister Clare, Molly, and Anne, who are all members of SDART, the Springfield Dominican Antiracism Team. They worked on the project recognizing the contributions and sacrifices of African Americans […]

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SHG Begins Search for Next President

By Website Administrator | February 3, 2023

Sacred Heart-Griffin High School is seeking its next president who, inspired by our Dominican values, will lead our school community as we build upon our tradition of academic excellence. Sacred Heart-Griffin is a Catholic, Dominican college preparatory high school that welcomes a diverse population to pursue academic excellence within the Dominican values of study, prayer, service, and community. The Dominican Sisters of Springfield’s congregational leadership and SHG’s board of directors seek candidates who are mission-driven leaders who will […]

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