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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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Sacred Is the Call: Taizé Prayer at Sacred Heart Convent Chapel

February 2 Event Celebrates 150 Years of Dominican Consecrated Life in Central Illinois Springfield, Ill.—Those seeking an oasis for prayerful contemplation can find it at Sacred Heart Convent on February 2, 2023, when the Dominican Sisters open their luminescent chapel for Sacred is the Call: A Taizé Prayer in Celebration of Consecrated Religious Life. It …

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Sister M. Alberta Juggles Techno wizardry, Ministry, and Family Care

Above: Sister M. Alberta, left, and her sister, Sister M. Rene, who died in 2016. Listen carefully and you will hear Sister M. Alberta mention the reason she asked to move from her ministry as principal at Alleman High School in Rock Island, Ill., closer to her family in Morgan County. She mentions her sister, …

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Always an adventure at Christmas

Sister Mary Alberta’s big Catholic family enjoyed gathering at her grandparents’ house for the Christmas festivities. Her memories include attending midnight Mass, and the rhythms of a house brimming with playful cousins, aromatic treats, and epic family stories. Here she shares a special family Christmas memory. Don’t miss it! It was just this family atmosphere …

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Students at Marian Catholic Join Dominican Sisters to help others

Students at Marian Catholic High School along with members of The Emmaus Community in Olympia Fields helped 250 families in need during a community service project that gave a Thanksgiving meal before the holiday. Over 60 volunteers worked together to assemble and distribute food boxes filled with Thanksgiving staples that helped many have a full …

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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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