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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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Sister M. Loyola Miller, OP

Sister M. Loyola’s Services Visitors are welcome; masks required. COVID screening, contact tracing protocol observed. Visitation: 4:00-5:00 p.m., Thursday, July 15, 2021, Sacred Heart Convent, 1237 W. Monroe St., Springfield, IL 62704. Visitation begins with a prayer service. Directions Funeral Mass: 6:30 p.m., July 15; Sacred Heart Convent Chapel. Link for funeral mass livestream Burial: …

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Perpetual Vow Ceremony Scheduled
for Sister Kelly Moline, OP

“Profession in the Order of Preachers is our way of responding to our baptismal call to proclaim the Gospel.” —Article 1, Constitutions of the Dominican Sisters of Springfield The Dominican Sisters of Springfield are pleased to announce the perpetual profession of vows of Sister Kelly Moline during the Eucharistic Liturgy at 10 a.m., Sunday, August …

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Sister Janet Marie Pfile, OP

Sister Janet Marie’s Services Visitors are welcome; masks required. Visitation: 4:00-5:00 p.m., Monday, July 12, 2021, Sacred Heart Convent Chapel, 1237 W. Monroe St., Springfield, IL 62704. Visitation begins with a prayer service. Funeral Mass: 6:30 p.m., July 12; Sacred Heart Convent Chapel, Father Joseph Molloy, Father David Beauvais, and Dominican Father Michael DeTemple, concelebrants. …

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General Assembly: (Almost) Everyone under One Roof

For a delightful change of pace, nearly all Springfield Dominican Sisters were home for our annual summer gathering in June, a meeting that provides time to think and talk together about our mission and enjoy one another’s company. Last year, because of the pandemic our gathering was virtual, with no one home but the sisters …

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Springfield Dominican Sister Rebecca Ann Gemma is President-Elect of LCWR

Sister Rebecca Ann Gemma, OP, prioress general of the Dominican Sisters of Springfield, is the president-elect of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) for a 3-year term that begins in August 2021. LCWR members voted online June 5 to June 26; the results of the election were announced June 28. The LCWR presidency is …

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Sister Mary Frances Gorman, OP

Sister Mary Fran’s Services Visitors are welcome; masks required. Visitation: 4:00-5:00 p.m., Thursday, June 24, 2021, Sacred Heart Convent Chapel, 1237 W. Monroe St., Springfield, IL 62704. Visitation begins with a prayer service. Funeral Mass: 6:30 p.m., Thursday, June 24; Sacred Heart Convent Chapel, Dominican Father Michael DeTemple, celebrant. Link for funeral Mass live-stream: https://youtu.be/kblSMOJUsc8 …

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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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Serena Johnson

Marian Catholic High School Holds First-Ever Fine Arts Signing Day

Marian Catholic High School celebrated five seniors in the Fine Arts Department during the school’s first-ever Fine Arts Signing Day on Tuesday, May 11. These students will be continuing their careers in band at the collegiate level. “We were so happy to offer the opportunity to have an official ‘signing day’ for some of our …

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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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Sister Mary Paul McCaughey Publishes Prayers for Principals

Grace and Guts for School Leaders. Practical Prayers. National Catholic Educational Association. 2020. “It takes a lot of courage to be a principal,” says someone who would know. Springfield Dominican Sister Mary Paul McCaughey was the principal of two Catholic high schools and now is full-time faculty at DePaul University, where she teaches master’s and …

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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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