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For the Life of the World

Racial Justice: Claiming Our Oneness in Christ

 Sister Rebecca Ann Gemma, OP, prioress general of the Dominican Sisters of Springfield, preached at the first of a series of Evening Prayer & Preaching events scheduled at Sacred Heart Convent for 2020. Learn more here. Her text was Philippians 2:1-11. Peter Scazzero, the author of Emotionally Healthy Spirituality, is quoted as saying, “Jesus may …

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Discover Your Life’s Mission with a “Come and See” Weekend

Register Now! Catholic women 18-35 are welcome to explore their life’s mission with the Dominican Sisters during the next “Come and See” weekend, Jan 31-Feb. 2, 2020, at Sacred Heart Convent, 1237 W. Monroe St., Springfield, IL 62704. The all-expense-paid weekend (exclusive of travel) begins 7:00 p.m. Friday, Jan. 31 and concludes at Noon Sunday, …

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Peace must Prevail

Statement on United States Engagement with Iran The U.S. Dominican Iraq Coordinating Committee calls upon the United States Government to de-escalate tensions with Iran In the midst of the sacred days of the Christmas-Epiphany season, our hearts and minds have contemplated the promised hope of God’s coming peace. Yet, during these days, we have also …

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Our Top Ten: Most popular posts of 2019

2019 was a big year for the Dominican Sisters of Springfield. Here’s a short list of some of our—and your—favorite moments. Let us know what you think! Sister Mary Jo Sobieck gave quite the inspirational interview to Church Pop in July. During Lent, the Justice, Peace, and Care of Creation committee and the Associate Committee …

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What is Pachamama?

Peruvian Dominican theologian Sister Mila Diaz Solano provides a bridge for understanding I was born Catholic, my parents are Catholic, my grandparents, and great-grant parents were Catholics as well. I grew up in very Christian, committed family and before I joined my Dominican sisters, I was an active parishioner in my hometown city, La Oroya, …

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Dominican Justice Promoters: Oppose U.S. Withdrawal from Paris Climate Agreement

Sister Marcelline Koch Signs National Call To Keep U.S. in Global Agreement About the photo: Dominicans at COP25. From left, Sister Cecilia Espinella, Laurence Blattmer, Sister Marcella Zambrano, Father Xavier Gomez. A strongly-worded letter to delegates attending this week’s UN Climate Change Conference in Madrid includes the signature of Springfield Dominican Sister Marcelline Koch, who …

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Why a 30-Year Call
for Closing SOA/WHINSEC?

Springfield Dominican Sisters Pat Stark, Georgiana Stubner, and Marcelline Koch were joined by other Dominican Sisters and hundreds more people at Fort Benning, Georgia, Nov. 16-17 to participate in a vigil at the gates of the fort where for nearly 30 years the faith-based SOA Watch has worked to end training programs for Latin American …

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Springfield Dominican Leadership Expresses Dismay over U.S.
Pull-out of Climate Agreement

Among 1300 Catholic Sisters Nationwide to raise voices against harmful climate policies The leaders of the Dominican Sisters of Springfield join the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) in expressing dismay over the start of the Trump Administration’s formal withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement, signed on to by nearly 200 nations in 2015. Echoing …

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Climate Justice: A Statement by Justice and Peace Leaders You Need to Read

Sister Marcelline Koch, OP was one of the signatories of a statement by the International Dominican Commission for Justice and Peace about taking action to counter climate change. The statement went out to all the Dominican communities noting the extreme possibility if no action is taken: droughts, migrations, strange weather phenomena. The statement gives a proposed …

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Sister Barbara Ann’s Servant Leadership For the Life of the World

Water is Life, Give Drink to the Thirsty Water is A water pipe on the parish parking lot is a free source for safe drinking water for families without running water at their homes. Sister Barbara Ann Lives Out Her Faith in Amazing Ways As another summer ends I am reminded where I was in …

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SIAN Honored for Defending Human Rights

Assisting and advocating  for immigrants in Springfield The volunteer labor of area citizens, including several Springfield Dominican Sisters, our partners and associates, was honored Sept. 21 with an award that recognized the importance of supporting human rights. The Springfield Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union honored the Springfield Immigrant Advocacy Network with its 2019 …

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Sister Barbara Ann Bogenschutz is Lumen Christi Award Finalist

Catholic Extension Award Celebrates Ministry in Poorest US Dioceses. Springfield, Ill.— Springfield Dominican Sister Barbara Bogenschutz has been recognized by a national Catholic organization for her ministry within the Oglala Sioux community in the Diocese of Rapid City, South Dakota. Catholic Extension recently announced that Sister Barbara, a native of Springfield, Ill., is among eleven …

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Sister Samuella Talks about
Jesuit Brother Billy Menor’s Arrest

When Springfield Dominican Sister Samuella Volk learned of the arrest of her first-grade student, Jesuit Brother Billy Menor, she was concerned! That seemed so out of character for him! Once she learned Billy’s arrest was an act of conscience in protest of the conditions of migrant camps at the U.S. Mexico Border, she had something …

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Leadership Team Signs on to LCWR Letter to U.S. President

Learn about our nonstop response to God’s mission! Three members of the Springfield Dominican Sisters were among the 663 Catholic sisters who yesterday sent the U.S. President an open letter decrying his divisive rhetoric and asking him to engage, as most sisters do, in a daily examination of  whether his thoughts and deeds match his …

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