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Holy Listening, Sacred Compassion: Paths to a Healing Communion

The seemingly unending pandemic, climate change, natural disasters, discrimination, inequality, injustices, and violence of every kind—all the “-isms” we can think of (racism, ageism, sexism, etc.), ideological, political, and religious conflicts—impact and shape our lives in ways we might never imagine. They can spawn deep-seated, contagious anger, embed themselves in the lives of family, friends, …

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The Dominican Family in Myanmar Needs Your Help

Our Dominican Family in Myanmar needs your prayer and action today. Since the military coup there on February 1 the country has been in chaos, with a brutal crackdown on dissent and attempts to silence the country’s media. On Nov. 11 the United Nations Security Council issued a rare, unanimous call for an immediate end …

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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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“Is My Mic On?”
Dominican Associate Class of 2022 Prepares for “Hybrid” Formation

Just as parents and students know what “hybrid learning” is, so does the new class of Springfield Dominican Associate candidates. The Dominican Family has room for everyone. Two Springfield Dominican Sisters and two associates answer the question “What attracted you to the Dominican Family?” Hear stories from associates Vicki Schmidt and Kara Mernaugh and Sisters …

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Sisters Anita Cleary, Judi Hilbing, and Pat Stark

Life at the Border: Simple Toys, New Shoes, and Solidarity

Disturbing images of children at the border were flooding the daily news. During the height of the immigration crisis, an invitation went out for volunteers to minister to those arriving in Texas to be processed through Catholic Charities of Laredo. In collaboration with a larger initiative of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR), the …

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Season of Creation. A Home for All? Renewing the Oikos of God.

Celebrate the Season of Creation with the Springfield Dominican Sisters

The Season of Creation is a time to renew our relationship with our Creator and all creation through celebration, conversion, and commitment. During the Season of Creation, we join our sisters and brothers in the ecumenical family in prayer and action for our common home. What is Oikos? Watch this 60-second video for a quick …

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Do Not Wait: How to Begin Saving the Planet Today

“Responding to the global climate crisis requires everyone’s action and we can’t wait a minute longer to begin.” Sister Sharon Zayac This was the message 100 Dominican sisters and associates from across the U.S. heard from Springfield Dominican Sister Sharon Zayac during the annual associates’ and sisters’ reflection day hosted each August by the Springfield …

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Dominican Sisters Launch First-Ever Podcast Series on Congregation’s 148th Anniversary

The new Springfield Dominican Sisters’ podcast series, F.L.O.W.cast, is streaming now at https://flowcastlisten.podbean.com/. You can also visit https://flowcastlisten.org/ to subscribe and receive each new episode in your inbox every Thursday. Click the buttons below to follow us on social media too! Facebook Instagram Twitter YouTube F.L.O.W.cast is meant to be welcoming to a younger audience …

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Sister Kelly Moline Professes Perpetual Vows with Dominican Sisters of Springfield

By mid-day on Sunday, August 8, 2021, a defining moment of Sister Kelly Moline’s life had come and gone. Beyond that moment, what follows is a lifelong commitment to her vows of consecration to God as a Dominican Sister of Springfield. That, of course, is not a small or simple thing. As our Dominican Brother …

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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 Mary Jo Sobieck, OP

Of the 10 Children Joe and Louise Sobieck raised in Sauk Rapids, Minn., Sister Mary Jo was their youngest. Brothers Greg, Tim, Willie, Bob, and Charlie, and sisters Tina, Paula, Geri, and Meg have each lived an itinerant lifestyle all their own before returning to make a home among family and friends. Only Sister Mary …

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Sister Marcelline Koch, OP

Sister Marcelline Koch’s parents were Helen and William Koch of Mt. Sterling, Ill. When she entered the community after high school graduation there was already a Sister Marcelline from Mt. Sterling in the community, so she was not able to keep her own name. She was given the religious name Sister Mary Marcille when she …

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Sister Janet Marie Pfile, OP

Sister Janet Marie Pfile was born to Vi and William Pfile in Decatur in 1941. When she entered the novitiate in 1960 her religious name was Sister Maria del Rey though she later reverted to her baptismal name. Her younger sister, Judith would join her in Dominican life two years later. Sister Janet Marie’s early …

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Pope Francis Visits Iraq:
March 5-8, 2021

School faculty in Qaraqosh, Iraq, 2018. It is difficult to exaggerate the importance of Pope Francis’ visit to Iraq, planned for March 5-8, 2021. A prayer composed for the occasion asks for blessings on Pope Francis’ efforts to promote dialogue, reconciliation, peace, and human dignity. To this end, during the 3-day journey visits are scheduled …

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March 5-8, 2021
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