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Sister M. Geraldine Kemper, OP

Sister Geraldine’s longest ministry was the 23 years she served as principal at Holy Family School Decatur, Ill., (1992-2015)—nearly half of her life as a Dominican Sister of Springfield. Since 2015 she’s become a familiar face at Rosary High School in Aurora where she is outreach coordinator and facilities manager. She welcomes families to the …

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Sister Beverly Jeanne Howe, OP

Sister Beverly Jeanne Howe’s years of ministry can be considered in three phases: elementary education, canon law, and English language instructor. She taught elementary school at St. Margaret Mary School, Algonquin, Ill., (1962-1963 and 1978-1983); Our Lady of Grace School, Chicago (1963-1969); Our Lady of Lourdes School, Decatur, Ill., (1969-1971); and St. Christina School, Chicago …

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Steadfast Love at Easter: A Message from Sister Rebecca Ann Gemma, OP

Dear Friends, The Hebrew word “hesed,” translated as “steadfast love,” is a very important term in Hebrew Scripture.  It attempts to speak of the faithful, merciful, and consistent love that God offers to all creation. This covenantal love is inexhaustible! In the midst of unspeakable tragedy, heartache, and loss experienced in the world today, may …

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Sister Mary Noel Plummer, OP

Sister Mary Noel’s Services Visitors are welcome; masks and social distancing required. Visitation: 4:00-5:00 p.m., Monday, April 18, Sacred Heart Convent Chapel, 1237 W. Monroe St., Springfield, IL 62704. Visitation begins with a prayer service. Funeral Mass: 6:30 p.m., Monday, Sacred Heart Convent Chapel, Dominican Father Michael DeTemple, celebrant. Burial: 10 a.m. Tuesday, April 19, …

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A Springfield Tradition Returns: Churches Reconvene for Good Friday Way of the Cross

Springfield, Ill.—For the first time since Good Friday 2019, an ecumenical group of Springfield faith communities will gather in front of the State Supreme Court Building on Good Friday, April 15, to begin the Good Friday Way of the Cross, an annual event in Springfield for more than 30 years prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. …

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What is Integral Ecology?

We offer you two videos for this month’s reflection. Essential to understanding the premise behind the global initiative of the Laudato Si’ Action Platform is the concept of Integral Ecology. It is not a new concept, but it is a new term for many. The first link is to a 5-minute video that shows clearly …

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