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150th Anniversary

Stories related to the Dominican Sisters of Springfield’s 150th anniversary celebration August 19, 2022-August 19, 2023.

150th Anniversary Prayers

Please join us in prayer! Each month, we’ll post a prayer written by our sisters for use on the 19th (Because it was August 19, 1873 when our mission For the Life of the World began in Jacksonville, Ill.) Each prayer focuses on a unique expression of our preaching ministry. You are invited to print …

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Gratitude, Humility, Awe:
Celebrating 150 Years For the Life of the World

About the photo: Sisters in ministry in Jackson, Miss., join some of our founding sisters on the porch of their first home in Jacksonville, Ill., c. 1873. A yearlong sesquicentennial celebration of the founding of the Dominican Sisters of Springfield begins this summer. The celebration opens at 6:00 p.m., Friday, August 19, with a Mass …

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Why Dominicans Celebrate the Feast of “Our Holy Father Francis of Assisi”

One of the first things I learned about the culture of my new religious community when I joined the Springfield Dominicans back in the last millennium was that there was some kind of a thing between the Dominicans on the west side of town and the Franciscans on the North End. Put aside the fact …

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The Preaching Life: Women in the Order of Preachers

“The people called forth the preaching charism in me,” Sister Charlotte Rebbe said, “They expected me to be a preacher.” That, in a nutshell, is how one Springfield Dominican sister came to understand a life she’s committed herself to decades earlier. Sister Charlotte served as parish director in a rural Wisconsin diocese when she experienced …

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Dominican Religious Life: An Historical Perspective

This article by Sister Susan Karina Dickey, OP, first appeared in the Fall 2017 JUST Words under the title Rehabilitating Dominican Religious Life: An Historical Perspective. Something new One of the memorable things about St. Dominic was his willingness to try something new while borrowing and adapting from the past. For example, the idea of …

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206th Lincoln Birthday Dominican Connection

“All through life, be sure and put your feet in the right place, and then stand firm.” ~ Abraham Lincoln, March 1862 Sister Philip Neri Crawford, OP delivered the invocation at the re-dedication of the Third Street gateway entrance to Oak Ridge Cemetery on December 3, 2014. Two of our foundresses, Sister Josephine Meagher and …

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New Video! – Dominican Sisters’ Invocation at Oak Ridge Cemetery Gate for 2015 Lincoln Funeral Re-enactment

Sister Philip Neri Crawford, OP delivered the invocation at the re-dedication of the Third Street gateway entrance to Oak Ridge Cemetery on December 3, 2014. Two of our foundresses, Sister Josephine Meagher and Sr. Rachel Conway, were called upon to unveil the statue at Lincoln’s Tomb on October 14, 1874. The gate has now been …

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