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World Mission Sunday

What does Mission Mean to You? Mission can be defined as “the vocation or calling of a religious organization, especially a Christian one, to go out into the world and spread its faith.” The preaching mission of Jesus is just as necessary—and just as inspiring—as it was for the founder of the Order of Preachers …

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Nuns on the Bus Make a ‘Stop’ in Springfield, Illinois!

This year the Nuns on the Bus are taking a virtual tour around the nation focusing on issues specific to each of the communities they visit in a virtual way. You can be a part of the town hall this Friday, October 2, 2020 at 6:30 p.m.  R.S.V.P. now to be apart of this event. …

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Peru Independence Day at Sacred Heart Convent

The sisters at Sacred Heart Convent celebrated Peru’s independence from Spain with typical Peruvian flair on Tuesday. Morning Mass began with a joyful Peruvian-style procession and chaplain Father Michael DeTemple, OP, recognized the sisters who were missionaries in Peru and the sisters in Peru today. “This was a celebration in solidarity with our sisters in …

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Black Lives Matter

“THROUGH THE EYES OF OUR PARTNERS”: A STATEMENT ON RACIAL KILLING FROM THE DOMINICAN SISTERS OF SPRINGFIELD  June 1, 2020   The Dominican Sisters of Springfield watch in horror and sadness each incidence of racial violence in the U.S. They see through the eyes of their sisters of color and the men and women who are their partners …

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Lament and Mourn: An Invitation to Grieve

Join us in Prayer Monday, June 1 Prayers for A Day of Lament Download and print or use on your device. Download Here Sister Marcelline Koch, OP Faith leaders from across many traditions have called for a National Day of Mourning and Lament to grieve and honor those who have died from COVID-19 and to …

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Pedro’s Story: Gospel Solidarity, and Hope

Sister Judith Hilbing, prioress at the Dominican Sisters motherhouse, Sacred Heart Convent, Springfield, Ill., shared this story in response to a question to put her regarding her celebration of 60 years of religious profession: What experience have you had that has transformed your understanding of consecrated life? Learn more about Sister Judi and the other …

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Workplace Values Captured in a T-shirt at Sacred Heart Convent

Coworkers elected from their respective departments met at the Cor Unum House to work on the final T-shirt design the first week of February. After a couple of hours, a true collaborative result emerged. Co-workers come together at the Cor Unum House to design the new t-shirt. A hallmark of effective workplaces is the demonstrated …

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COVID—19 Coronavirus Statement from the Master of the Dominican Order

The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom should I fear? The Lord is my life’s refuge; of whom should I be afraid? For God will hide me in his shelter in time of trouble, He will conceal me in the cover of his tent. Psalm 27:1,5 Dear Brothers and Sisters of the Dominican …

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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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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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