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Building relationships that change lives

By Website Administrator | January 19, 2024

By Carolyn White While fewer sisters are ministering in classrooms, they haven’t lost their love of accompanying young people on their faith journeys. Here’s a glimpse at how Springfield Dominican sisters and associates are in partnership at the service of young folks, supporting their faith development and encouraging their personal and spiritual growth. Learning empathy and service Springfield Dominican Sister Maria Luisa Ñaupari Gutiérrez ministers at the Colegio Parroquial San Jose in Lima, Peru, where she teaches religion […]

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Sister Trinita receives lifetime achievement award

By Website Administrator | January 12, 2024

Sister Mary Trinita Eddington was recently honored with the 2023 DAISY Lifetime Achievement Award. She was nominated by the nursing staff at St. Dominic Hospital, Jackson, Miss. “We wanted to celebrate her remarkable contributions and leadership over many decades,” said Tracey Smithson, Chief Nursing Officer, St. Dominic Hospital. “Her unwavering commitment and dedication have made an irreplaceable mark on our healthcare teams and community.” The award was created by the DAISY Foundation to recognize nurses across the globe […]

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Christmas 2023 “Thank you, we love you!”

By Website Administrator | January 8, 2024

At Sacred Heart Convent, Sister Norma shares community life with the seven other sisters who live on her floor, some of whom gathered with Sister Norma recently to say thank you and give you a glimpse of their life in community.  As this appeal draws to a close, please know that all of us are grateful for your generosity and kindness.  Enjoy their message!

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Sister Kelly awarded scholarship

By Website Administrator | January 8, 2024

Sister Kelly Moline was one of the first three persons to receive an award from the David Lichter CPE Scholarship Fund. Established in 2022, the fund provides tuition assistance to Catholic students pursuing CPE units as they continue the healing ministry of Jesus in the name of the Church. The fund honors the legacy of a past executive director of the National Association of Catholic Chaplains, which sponsors the award. Congratulations Sister Kelly! In the above photo: Sister […]

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2024: A year for general chapter. What’s that?

By Website Administrator | January 4, 2024

Please join us in prayer for this important community gathering “General Chapter” is one of those terms Catholic sisters use that makes almost no sense to anyone else. The Dominican Sisters of Springfield’s general chapter is scheduled April 1-7, 2024, but preparations have been underway for about a year. Why is it such an important time for us? The dictionary defines chapter as a) a division of a book, b) a period of time in a person’s life, […]

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The last word: Insights from Sister Norma’s family

By Website Administrator | January 4, 2024

“The thing about Sister Norma is that she is a lot of fun”  So says her nephew Matt Grady, a what who lives where. His mother was one of the four Somers sisters:  Mary, the oldest, then Therese, Matt’s mom, then Norma and her youngest sister Gerry.  The two oldest sisters are deceased.   These siblings had a special relationship, Matt says. “Aunt Norma, Mary, my mom, and Gerry were close to one another. I think as a consequence […]

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Christmas 2023 “That was relationship, that was Norma”

By Website Administrator | January 3, 2024

Relationships are at the heart of all we do as Dominican sisters. Sister Georgiana Stubner learned that early, from Sister Norma Somers, who wove a tapestry of kindness and care, first with Sister Georgiana’s mother, and later, in a poignant way, with Sister Georgiana herself.  Your gift to the Dominican Sisters provides our sisters with the health and independence they need to continue their mission of weaving relationships of care. 

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

By Website Administrator | January 3, 2024

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 for the life of the world.

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