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For the Life of the World

New Leadership Team elected, Term begins June 15, 2024

We are pleased to announce that at the conclusion of General Chapter, on Sunday April 7, 2024, these women said yes to our calling them forth for leadership:  Sister M. Paul McCaughey  Prioress General-elect   Sister Joanne Delehanty Vicaress General-elect  Sister Elyse Marie Ramirez  Second Councilor-elect   Sister Kathlyn Mulcahy  Third councilor-elect    “We come to a […]

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Jubilee Farm added to Sangamon Conservancy easement portfolio

Dominican Sisters’ commitment protects 164 acres in perpetuity Springfield, Ill.—Finally—and forever—when Sister Sharon Zayac wakes to the sunrise over Jubilee Farm she can breathe a sigh of relief knowing that what she has been advocating for 23years is now accomplished. In August 2023 the Dominican Sisters of Springfield entered into agreement with Sangamon Conservancy Trust

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Springfield Dominican Sisters Applaud Accountability to Native Peoples

Last week a list of Native boarding schools affiliated with the Catholic Church was made public by Catholic Truth & Healing, a collaborative group of archivists, historians, concerned Catholics, and tribal members, who compiled and refined this resource to help facilitate access to information for survivors of Native boarding schools, their descendants, and Tribal Nations. 

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150th Anniversary Prayers

Please join us in prayer! Each month, we’ll post a prayer written by our sisters for use on the 19th (Because it was August 19, 1873 when our mission For the Life of the World began in Jacksonville, Ill.) Each prayer focuses on a unique expression of our preaching ministry. You are invited to print

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Peru: Take Action to Stop the Violence

Please pray and take action on behalf of the people of Peru. Our Dominican Sisters of Springfield serving in Lima and Jarpa, Peru have asked for our attention and prayer. Sister Betty Vila Alania sent a message this week and the Maryknoll Sisters who also have a presence in Peru ask for signatures on a

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End the Violence, Change the Systems, Transform Ourselves: A Pledge in the aftermath of the Mass Shooting in Colorado Springs

Springfield, Ill.—In the aftermath of the mass shooting in Colorado Springs on November 19, the elected leadership of the Dominican Sisters of Springfield today reaffirmed their opposition to exclusion and violence and pledged to work together with members of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious to halt the cycle of violence and initiate a path

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Addressing the Devastation of Climate Change?

The Dominican Sisters and Associates Have a Plan for that. The Dominican Sisters of Springfield, Ill., took Pope Francis up on his climate change challenge. They have just approved the first of a series of plans that they and their associates will put into action through 2023. The plan has three goals: Recognize and interrupt

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Fanning the Flames of Hope: Dominican Sisters in Assembly

The joy of being together in the same space is one way the Dominican Sisters of Springfield fan the flame of hope. They were most recently together during General Assembly, a time of conversation, prayer, and communal study held in June 2022. The annual three-day meeting, held at Sacred Heart Convent, Springfield, Ill., brought most

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Dominican Sisters of Springfield Join Catholic Sisters Nationwide to Call for Action on Gun Safety

“Organizations representing tens of thousands of Catholic sisters and associates across the United States are calling for an end to gun violence and immediate Congressional action to stop the bleeding and dying in our schools and cities,” said Sister Marcelline Koch, the justice promoter for the Springfield Dominicans. “We stand with them.” The leadership of

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Twelve Springfield Dominican Associates Make Commitment

For the first time since 2019, the commitment ceremony for a Springfield Dominican Associate class was held in-person at Sacred Heart Convent Chapel on Sunday, May 1, 2022. During the homily of the Mass Father Michael DeTemple, OP, chaplain for the Dominican Sisters, thanked the associates for their commitment and noted that through the sacrament

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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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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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A Message from the Dominican Sisters and Friars in Ukraine

Updated June 13, 2022, 9 a.m. CST Updates From Our Dominican Family in Ukraine Here is an update from Kyiv by Father Jarosław Krawiec, Vicar Provincial of the Dominican Province of St. Hyacinth. Dear Sisters, Dear Brothers, Today I made a phone call to an older woman whose son fights on the frontlines. “Good morning, this

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The Feast of St. Bakhita: A day of prayer for an end to human trafficking around the world

The Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace and the International Union of Superiors General has designated February 8 as an annual day of prayer and awareness against human trafficking.  On February 8, we celebrate the feast of St. Josephine Bakhita who was born in Darfur, Sudan in 1869 and ripped from her loving family at

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Dominican Month of Peace: Our Family in Myanmar

The Humanitarian Situation in Myanmar As a result of the fast spreading of civil war, the civilians had to flee for safety either to the jungle or to other villages or towns where they considered safer. In the conflict zones, the military forces would shoot anyone found in the streets and arrest anyone caught de­livering

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