Our Peru Mission: The Journey Begins

By Sister Beth Murphy, OP | May 12, 2022

About the photo above: Sister M. Andrea Smith, Sister Janet Guretz (known then as Sister M. De Montfort), Sister Doris Taylor (known then as Sister M. Leona) and Sister M. Rene Lawless were mission pioneers in Peru. Will you honor their gift of self with a donation in support of our mission in Jarpa today? Thanks so very much. How It All Started For sixty years the lives of the Dominican Sisters of Springfield have been bound to […]

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hanging rack of neutral colored clothing against a white background with the words "How Do You Dress For The Planet?"

How DO You Dress for the Planet?

By Sister Beth Murphy, OP | May 10, 2022

This blog post from Grist, a climate justice news website, prompted reflection on how Springfield Dominican sisters and associates live their own commitments to simplicity and care for creation through the way they consume clothing. Convent “Swap Shops” For years now, it’s been the practice to have a “swap shop” at Sacred Heart Convent. This small closet in the laundry has served the community well. Sisters contribute clothing they no longer need; other sisters make it their first […]

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Happy Mother's Day

A Mother’s Day Litany

By Sister Beth Murphy, OP | May 8, 2022

This article originally appeared in the State Journal Register on Saturday May 7, 2022.  For Mothers. For all of them. For the ones called Mother, or Mom, Ma, Mommy, Mama, or Uma. For the ones not named, remembered, or called anything. For moms alive, and for those resting in peace. For moms we can visit today, and those we can’t. For moms who’ve had the family they always wanted, raised children in economic security, sent them to great […]

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The Youth Bring Hope Project

By Website Administrator | May 6, 2022

Dear Young people, In this crazy world, how will you bring hope? The next issue of JUST Words, the Springfield Dominican Sisters’ magazine, is all about bringing hope. If there is one thing we know, it is that young people are great sources of hope for the world. For the next JUST Words published in July, we’re inviting you, the students at our other high schools, and all the young people we know, ages 9-18, to share their […]

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Twelve Springfield Dominican Associates Make Commitment

By Sister Beth Murphy, OP | May 5, 2022

For the first time since 2019, the commitment ceremony for a Springfield Dominican Associate class was held in-person at Sacred Heart Convent Chapel on Sunday, May 1, 2022. During the homily of the Mass Father Michael DeTemple, OP, chaplain for the Dominican Sisters, thanked the associates for their commitment and noted that through the sacrament of baptism they are called to be light for world. He said to them “Jesus gives the disciples and us a job description […]

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Sister Francis Mary Philipp, OP

By Sister Beth Murphy, OP | April 29, 2022

Sister Francis Mary has touched many lives by sharing her gifts as a liturgist, choir director, and music teacher throughout 60 years of religious profession. Born, baptized, and raised in Springfield, with few exceptions, she has stayed close to home. Her first assignment was teaching sixth graders and directing the choir at St. Mary School, East Moline, Ill. (1962-1966). She also spent a year teaching junior high students at Holy Rosary Duluth, Minn. (1971), and one year as […]

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Sister Mary Jean Traeger, OP

By Sister Beth Murphy, OP | April 29, 2022

Sister Mary Jean was born and raised in the Quad Cities, and with one exception has spent her entire ministerial life in the Springfield diocese. Sixteen of those years were spent in community leadership as a member of the general council 1989-1997 and then as prioress general 1997-2005. Early in religious life, she often taught music and led the parish choir alongside her duties as teacher or principal. She taught middle grades and music at Cathedral School, Springfield, […]

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Catarina Benincasa: A Saint for Today

By Website Administrator | April 29, 2022

New Video! Catarina Benincasa: A Saint for Today In honor of the feast day of St. Catherine of Siena, Dominican lay woman and Doctor of the Church, the Dominican Sisters of Springfield are pleased to release a beautiful new production of Sister Santina DeLuca’s Catarina Benincasa: A Saint for Today. The 17-minute one-woman performance is perfect for use as a teaching tool or for personal reflection. Click HERE to download a printable reflection guide. The first time Sister […]

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