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Dominican Sisters of Springfield Make Urgent Call for Protection of Voting Rights

Dominican Sisters of Springfield Make Urgent Call For Protection of Voting Rights The day after the U.S. Senate failed to pass voting rights legislation the Dominican Sisters of Springfield released the following statement calling for citizen engagement. Since the foundation of our democracy, excluded peoples have struggled to gain a right that was promised in …

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National Human Trafficking Awareness Day: Analysis, Reflection, and Action

CORPORATE STANCE: OPPOSITION TO HUMAN TRAFFICKING Building on our Consistent Ethic of Life stance that “we reverence the sacredness of life and address injustice in a spirit of respect, compassion, and solidarity,” we Dominican Sisters of Springfield oppose the trafficking of human persons, especially that of women and children. We will continue to educate ourselves. …

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Antiracism Websites

Being Antiracist. National Museum of African American History and Culture Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, Teaching Hard History: American Slavery.  Learning for Justice.  Reflection, Inquiry, Self-awareness, and Empathy: Strategies to Integrate Racial Equity in Teaching. DePaul University. Yes, Critical Race Theory is compatible with Catholicism. Here’s why. America Magazine. Critical race theory is a …

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Elizabeth Garnier-Little, right, with her sister Wanda Garnier and Sister Barbara Ann Bogenschutz, OP, at Our Lady of the Sioux Parish, Oglala, S.D., in 2017

Lakota Wisdom: An Interview with Elizabeth Garnier-Little

Elizabeth Garnier-Little, right, with her sister Wanda Garnier and Sister Barbara Ann Bogenschutz, OP, at Our Lady of the Sioux Parish, Oglala, S.D., in 2017. Elizabeth Garnier-Little is an 80 years-wise Lakota woman born and raised on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in Oglala, South Dakota. A teacher of all grades K-12 for 52 years, …

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How St. Catherine of Siena Healed the World

Catherine Benincasa was born in mid-14th century Tuscany, a plague-ridden, economically and politically unstable time—much like our own. She and her twin sister were the 23rd and 24th children in a prosperous family of 25 children of Lapa and Jacopo di Benincasa, wool dealers. By the time Catherine died at the age of 33 in …

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Indigenous Peoples Day 2021: The Both/And of Truth

Confused about which Federal holiday we are observing today? You are forgiven. The answer is that we are observing two Federal holidays October 11, 2021: The first-ever Federally recognized Indigenous Peoples’ Day AND the seemingly forever-observance of Columbus Day. On Friday last week President Joseph Biden issued the first-ever presidential proclamation of Indigenous Peoples’ Day AND …

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Juneteenth: Celebrating Authentically

How White People Can Celebrate Juneteenth

This annual celebration of the day in 1865 when news of the Emancipation Proclamation and the end of the Civil War finally reached Texas has come to the consciousness of more white people as a consequence of our society being shaken into awareness by the police murder of George Floyd. African Americans have celebrated Juneteenth …

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Reality through Another’s Eyes: Poems for Peacemaking

This article originally appeared in the Winter 2020-2021 Edition of JUST Words. Interested in receiving your own copy of JUST Words? Sign-up here for the print or digital versions.  By: Sister Patricia Stark, OP Sister Patricia lives at Sacred Heart Convent and participated in Sister Mila’s course on the prophets. ____________________________________________________________________________________ Recently, Springfield Dominican Sister …

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US Catholic Sisters Against Human Trafficking

How Catholic Sisters Help Survivors Thrive!

Human trafficking is a $150 billion business. As a member of Catholic Sisters Against Human Trafficking, the Dominican Sisters of Springfield are part of a global network working to end this dehumanizing criminal enterprise. In this webinar you will hear from Sister Kathlyn Mulcahy, a Springfield Dominican Sister and director of Bethany House, a Chicago …

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Springfield Dominican Sisters Respond to Verdict of Derek Chauvin Trial

A Statement from the Leadership of the Dominican Sisters of Springfield Regarding the Verdict of the Derek Chauvin Trial   For the loved ones of George Floyd, the people of Minnesota, and all people bent under the weight of systemic racism, yesterday’s verdict in the Derek Chauvin murder trial was a graced reminder that the …

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Feeding Hungers: A Catholic Sisters Week Reflection

“If you can’t breathe nothing else matters” says a friend of the Dominican Sisters who is a respiratory therapist. Other physiological needs are equally important. If you can’t breathe, if you are physically hungry, if you are cold, tired, and without shelter, there is little else you can be attentive to. When needs for safety, …

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32 Ways to Live Less Violently

This article was originally published in the Winter 2020-2021 Edition of JUST Words. Recognizing our interconnectedness in the cosmos, we have embraced the common call toward communion with God and all creation. Non-violence is an integral part of that journey—a journey which is both inward and outward. Awareness motivates behavior; behavior strengthens one’s internal orientation. …

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Active Nonviolence: To Celebrate, Contemplate, and Live

This article was originally published in the Winter 2020-2021 Edition of JUST Words. Susan M. Hickman is a Springfield Dominican associate and a member of the sisters’ Justice, Peace, and Integrity of Creation Committee. Recently I was privileged to participate in a Pax Christi United Kingdom workshop on nonviolence. The sessions took place over five …

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