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The Becker Family: Cathy, Josh, Clare, Leah, and Elizabeth

The Becker Family’s Epic Journey: Reconnecting Family in a Post-Pandemic Season

In March 2020 the world suddenly became very small for all of us. My family was no exception. The girls, Leah and Clare, stayed home every day and accessed school via video conference. Josh and I still worked but had limited contact with co-workers and no contact with anyone else. Elisabeth, who lives in Chicago, …

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“The COVID Class”—Associates who made Commitment in 2021

“Beautiful Spirit” among this year’s class, Sister M. Joan Sorge says Springfield, Ill.—From as nearby as down the street and as far away as Brookline, Mass., eleven women and men made formal commitment as associates of the Dominican Sisters of Springfield during ceremonies at Sacred Heart Convent on Sunday, May 2, 2021. The associates who …

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Sr Marilyn Jean Runkel sitting at her desk chatting with two women via Zoom videoconference

What Difference does Discipleship Make?
Associate Candidates Make Retreat

A journey is soon coming to an end! Twelve candidates for the Springfield Dominican Associate program who have been attending monthly formation sessions since September 2020 participated in a day of retreat on Saturday, April 10th and are now just weeks away from their commitment ceremony. The theme of the retreat was discipleship. Candidates and …

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Associate Candidates Make Retreat
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pencil sketched portrait of young Native American girl named Morning Star

Morning Star Reminds Us: We Belong to One Another

When Mary Kirkpatrick was ready to make a gift in support of Springfield Dominican Sister Barbara Ann Bogenschutz’s ministry at Our Lady of the Sioux Church in Oglala, South Dakota, she remembered seeing the sketch above on the website of her neighbor, artist Gail Hamilton. Mary knew Gail would make a gift of her artwork …

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Dominican Associate Barbara Collins Finds Hope in Helping Polish Children

by Barbara Collins, Dominican associate An inspiring story about how one associate lives the Dominican mission to compassionately preach the gospel of Jesus Christ. Now residing in Sacramento, Calif., Barbara served on the Associate Committee, 2005 – 2011, and continues to stay closely involved with the Dominican Sisters of Springfield. As COVID-19 was first being …

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Springfield Dominican Associates Think Virtual Community Room is a Wonderful Blessing

In a time of uncertainty, at a scale we haven’t seen in our lifetimes, people across the world are changing behaviors to protect the lives of vulnerable people around them. COVID19 will be the defining experience for this generation. We are living through this experience together while remaining physically distant from one another, yet the …

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New Associate Judy Babb-Troxell Brings Dog Therapy to Sacred Heart Convent

Judy Babb-Troxell just made her commitment as a Dominican Associate the first week of May. This morning she visited the sisters inside Sacred Heart Convent for a little dog-therapy with her golden retriever, Haddie Grace Troxell. Haddie Grace took part in her first Mass and then visited the sisters in their rooms.  Judy’s cousin, Sisters …

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Dominican Sisters Welcome Associate Class of 2019

Sixteen Illinoisans Promise CollaborationWith the Dominican Preaching Mission Springfield, Ill.—Sixteen Illinois residents made formal commitment as associates of the Dominican Sisters of Springfield during a ceremony at Sacred Heart Convent on May 5, 2019. Use the tabs below to learn more about the new associates. Chatham Chicago Crete Frankfort Jacksonville Lincoln Springfield Chatham Dave Sanders, …

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“Let the Call Be Heard!” Associates in Action

Three hundred fifty-one active associates, eighty-one prayer associates and eighteen candidates in formation have heard the call to partner with the Springfield Dominicans in uncovering the light and truth of the Gospel in the world. Their Mission calls Associates to proclaim God’s Word with their daily lives. This year, associates and sisters are studying an …

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God is good!
Dominican Associate
Enlarges the Circle of Compassion

When Alexis Williams became a Dominican associate candidate, her world view was already aligned with the values of justice and peace promoted by the Dominicans of Springfield. Understanding the moral imperative to be generous with the blessings she had received, Alexis responded to an announcement at her parish, St Irenaeus, Park Forest, Ill., about the …

God is good!
Dominican Associate
Enlarges the Circle of Compassion
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