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Peru: Take Action to Stop the Violence

Please pray and take action on behalf of the people of Peru. Our Dominican Sisters of Springfield serving in Lima and Jarpa, Peru have asked for our attention and prayer. Sister Betty Vila Alania sent a message this week and the Maryknoll Sisters who also have a presence in Peru ask for signatures on a …

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Seeing the Work of the Spirit: East St. Louis and Peru

By Sister Rose Miriam Schulte, OP In our Prayer for the Life of the World, we daily ask that our hearts might be freed “to recognize and attend to Christ in hidden and unexpected places.” Some of these hidden places are lodged in our congregational past. Not unlike any organic process, a congregation’s earlier plantings …

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Standing Against White Supremacy

A handmade sign by Chloe Wilson used during the Charlottesville, Virginia counter-protest to the Unite the Right rally on August 12, 2017. Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Justin McBrien. The Dominican Sisters of Springfield are members of the Springfield Coalition on Dismantling Racism (SCoDR) and our …

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Robert Blackwell, Dominican Associate, Honored for Transformational Antiracism Work

Springfield Dominican Associate Robert Blackwell was honored Tuesday night with the Dr. Kenniebrew Equity 2022 Trailblazer Award for his commitment to and transformational work in equity, diversity, and inclusion. Retired in 2021 from his role as Chief in the Office of Racial Equity Practice at Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, Bob continues his …

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The Feast of St. Bakhita: A day of prayer for an end to human trafficking around the world

The Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace and the International Union of Superiors General has designated February 8 as an annual day of prayer and awareness against human trafficking.  On February 8, we celebrate the feast of St. Josephine Bakhita who was born in Darfur, Sudan in 1869 and ripped from her loving family at …

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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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Antiracism Books

Recommended Reading from SDART Members and other friends engaged in the struggle for an antiracist future. White Rage. The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide. Carol Anderson. New York: Bloomsbury. 2016. From the Civil War to our combustible present, White Rage reframes our continuing conversation about race, chronicling the powerful forces opposed to black progress …

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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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